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Old Aug 11, 2011, 08:02 PM   #1
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How do I mute the startup sound?

Sometimes booting the my Mac with the chime can be uncomfortable, for example in a public place. How can I turn off the startup sound?

Please don't tell me that I need to run a script to accomplish this??
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Old Aug 11, 2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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Plug in headphones.
Or turn the sound off before shutting down.
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Old Aug 11, 2011, 10:10 PM   #3
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The startup sound hasn't played through headphones since about 2006, a sad loss to us all in cases of trying to be discreet.

Wow apparently even the other option above no longer works thanks to Lion. A little Googling got me to https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 03:38 AM   #4
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I always used this:

http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~arcana/S.../index.en.html

But have to admit I didn't bother installing it now as I rarely shut down my mac :P
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 03:47 AM   #5
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Plug in headphones.
Or turn the sound off before shutting down.
I shouldn't have to remember to do that. :-/
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 04:35 AM   #6
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Hold the MUTE button while you press the POWER button, this should mute the startup chime. It's not permanent, you have to do this each time you want to turn the sound off.
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 01:00 PM   #7
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Hold the MUTE button while you press the POWER button, this should mute the startup chime. It's not permanent, you have to do this each time you want to turn the sound off.
Awesome info! You R O C K ! ! !
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 03:39 PM   #8
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Has Apple really made it impossible to startup your Mac in public without advertising its presence at maximum volume? I haven't had to restart/shutdown my Mac yet so, haven't experienced this annoyance yet. I can see it happening to people who aren't fortunate enough to have broadband at home. Anyone doing their updating at school or the public library - in a cubicle, to keep a low profile - now being pissed off by their Mac, as insult to injury. Bad move, Apple.
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 03:51 PM   #9
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I don't understand the reports about StartupSound.prefPane version 1.1b3 not working in Lion.

It works for me.
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 05:41 PM   #10
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I don't understand the reports about StartupSound.prefPane version 1.1b3 not working in Lion.

It works for me.
What's "StartupSound.prefPane version 1.1b3"?
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 06:56 PM   #11
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What's "StartupSound.prefPane version 1.1b3"?
Really? You couldn't do the Google search that would net this link as its first hit?:

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/164...sound.prefpane

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Old Aug 13, 2011, 08:55 AM   #12
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Just leave it in sleep mode?
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 09:00 AM   #13
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Has Apple really made it impossible to startup your Mac in public without advertising its presence at maximum volume? I haven't had to restart/shutdown my Mac yet so, haven't experienced this annoyance yet. I can see it happening to people who aren't fortunate enough to have broadband at home. Anyone doing their updating at school or the public library - in a cubicle, to keep a low profile - now being pissed off by their Mac, as insult to injury. Bad move, Apple.
It's not always at maximum volume, not for me anyway.

Besides, holding the mute button is one trick mentioned, which IMHO is how it should be. The sound is not to advertise its presence, it's to tell you that everything is working fine and the bootup process is good. Most of the time, you want this. Sometimes you don't. People aren't going to remember to make sure their bootup process went OK, they are going to remember to mute it when they need to be polite.
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Old Aug 14, 2011, 01:41 AM   #14
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Really? You couldn't do the Google search that would net this link as its first hit?:

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/164...sound.prefpane

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does this work under Lion for anyone?
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Old Aug 14, 2011, 12:01 PM   #15
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Has Apple really made it impossible to startup your Mac in public without advertising its presence at maximum volume? I haven't had to restart/shutdown my Mac yet so, haven't experienced this annoyance yet. I can see it happening to people who aren't fortunate enough to have broadband at home. Anyone doing their updating at school or the public library - in a cubicle, to keep a low profile - now being pissed off by their Mac, as insult to injury. Bad move, Apple.
It's not always at maximum volume, not for me anyway.

Besides, holding the mute button is one trick mentioned, which IMHO is how it should be. The sound is not to advertise its presence, it's to tell you that everything is working fine and the bootup process is good. Most of the time, you want this. Sometimes you don't. People aren't going to remember to make sure their bootup process went OK, they are going to remember to mute it when they need to be polite.
I never wanted to listen to the startup chime while in public, which is where I had to do my updates, before recently getting satellite broadband at home. It wasn't just about being polite, it was also to be discreet. Apple could at least keep the speakers turned off when something is plugged into the audio output port, then you could discreetly hear it through earphones if you wanted. From what I've read here, that no longer happens with the startup chime. We shouldn't have to hold down a key to be discreet.
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Old Aug 14, 2011, 12:07 PM   #16
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since the startup chime can be essential in troubleshooting (reset PRAM anyone?)...it's not such a big deal to have to hold a key on startup...
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If my sound is off or at a specific volume, that's how it starts up.
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Old Aug 15, 2011, 04:27 AM   #18
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There seems to be a difference in the way Windows and Mac OSX users react to "hardwired" preferences in the operating system.

If Microsoft introduced a startup sound that the user would have to remember to mute each time (while the wife was sleeping or in a café) they would be literally hanged.

Here on the other hand it seems to be almost considered a "user" problem.
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There seems to be a difference in the way Windows and Mac OSX users react to "hardwired" preferences in the operating system.

If Microsoft introduced a startup sound that the user would have to remember to mute each time (while the wife was sleeping or in a café) they would be literally hanged.

Here on the other hand it seems to be almost considered a "user" problem.
That's the main difference between Apple and MS. With MS you get choices, with Apple you have to live by with what Steve Jobs says.
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since the startup chime can be essential in troubleshooting (reset PRAM anyone?)...it's not such a big deal to have to hold a key on startup...
Actually the chime still comes out under those types of circumstances, so the comment doesn't really apply.

Plus, who needs the chime to tell you if your startup was OK? I think most people use an alternative technique called "look at the screen after startup and if it looks weird, something is wrong."

It's not a big deal...unless, like many many people, it is something you will often forget to do, and end up making noise in a quiet house or library or whatever.


There should be a preference to turn the damn thing off. End of story. Maybe now that Steve is dead they can "allow" it.
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Old Nov 15, 2011, 03:42 PM   #21
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Hold the MUTE button while you press the POWER button, this should mute the startup chime. It's not permanent, you have to do this each time you want to turn the sound off.
For some reason this does not work on my Mac. I am using Lion 10.7.2 on my Macbook Air.

Can anyone confirm this? Thanks.
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 04:29 PM   #22
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Hy guy, I hade a same problem on MacBook Air OSX 10.7, this page helped:
http://my.opera.com/mereh/blog/2011/...omment75289542
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does this work under Lion for anyone?
Working here on a Mac mini running Lion 10.7.2
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The startup sound hasn't played through headphones since about 2006, a sad loss to us all in cases of trying to be discreet.

Wow apparently even the other option above no longer works thanks to Lion. A little Googling got me to https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0
The second works just fine for me. I have my computer muted and the chime is muted. 13" MacBook Pro if it means anything.
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The chime is not accomplished thru the OS. It is on the firmware, unless you want to hack the firmware. It is on the boot up process before even the system starts the OS.

The chime is needed to tell the operator that the boot up is normal and nothing wrong with the hardware and its peripherals.

I you don't want to hear the chime, don't shutdown your macbook, let it sleep it will wake up and there is no chime.
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