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Old May 18, 2008, 01:38 PM   #1
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How to turn off the apple startup sound?

I am sorry if this is a stupid question, besides leaving your computer on mute is there a way to turn off the startup noise on a mac? When i come late to class and want to bootup my computer, the apple startup noise draws attention to the fact that i am late and booting up my macbook. Thanks
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Old May 18, 2008, 01:39 PM   #2
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Don't shut the computer down. Just let it sleep. Has the added bonus of being instantly usable.
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Old May 18, 2008, 02:47 PM   #3
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Is that the only solution? I usually don't bring my battery to class with me. There is no other way to get rid of that startup sound?
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Old May 18, 2008, 02:51 PM   #4
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Is that the only solution? I usually don't bring my battery to class with me. There is no other way to get rid of that startup sound?
This was discussed a while ago. I seem to remember a program, maybe in the form of a preference panel which disables the bong on startup. I will try and find it, but OP do your own search, maybe you can find it too.
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Old May 18, 2008, 02:54 PM   #5
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i believe if you mute your machine before shutting it down, the sound isn't made when you start it up, but i could be wrong.
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Old May 18, 2008, 02:55 PM   #6
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Old May 18, 2008, 06:07 PM   #7
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Thanks. The windows users bootup all the time during class but you never know who it is because there are so many. But our macs unique startup sound clearly identifies i am booting up in the middle of class.
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Old May 19, 2008, 03:37 AM   #8
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i believe if you mute your machine before shutting it down, the sound isn't made when you start it up, but i could be wrong.
This used to be so on my previous machines running 10.4

But on my new imac wirth 10.5 this doesn't seem to work, although personally its not a problem as I just sleep it most of the time.
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Is that the only solution? I usually don't bring my battery to class with me. There is no other way to get rid of that startup sound?
You don't bring the battery??
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Old May 19, 2008, 06:40 AM   #10
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plug in a headphone before starting up.
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Old May 19, 2008, 01:24 PM   #11
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Mute your mac before turning off.
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Old May 19, 2008, 01:32 PM   #12
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Plugging in headphones does not mute the startup sound. Interestingly, it still plays through the speakers at full volume. Muting works except i have to remember to do it before i leave the house in the morning. I usually plug in everywhere i go, so i try to lighten my load by leaving the battery at home. I am a little surprised there is no simple option via system preference to turn off the sound.
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Old May 19, 2008, 04:34 PM   #13
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Is that the only solution? I usually don't bring my battery to class with me. There is no other way to get rid of that startup sound?
Maybe you meant to say you don't bring an extra battery to class? I don't really know of anyone that uses their laptop without a battery? Do you just plug your laptop into a wall or something?

Perhaps you feel that if you put your computer to sleep, it will drain the battery. This is a common misconception. You should use sleep as much as you can, esp on a laptop. On a mac, the sleep uses very little power. As a matter of fact, your laptop could be sleeping for nearly a week before the battery drains out! So use the sleep!

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Old May 19, 2008, 04:36 PM   #14
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Is that the only solution? I usually don't bring my battery to class with me. There is no other way to get rid of that startup sound?
Yes there is.

If you position a large goat in front of your machine,
you will find it absorbs the sound.

If you later wish to listen to music, simply select a
smaller goat.
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Old May 20, 2008, 03:23 AM   #15
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Muting works except i have to remember to do it before i leave the house in the morning.
If you've forgotten to mute it before you shut down (or can't remember if you did or not), you can just hold down the mute key when you start up.

Or, of course, you could just use the large goat.
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Plugging in headphones does not mute the startup sound.
Strange.
All my macs have this behaviour, in fact I would like the oppossite of it. I listen to my music with my powerbook plugged to a stereo. When I need to restart or when i get an alert every person in the room can hear it.

Did anyone mention this ?
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Did anyone mention this ?
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Old May 21, 2008, 02:54 PM   #18
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I always have the volume on my MacBook off....it only turns on when I plug in headphones in (I love the way it does that).

Anyhoooo, it makes no noise when starting up! It's that simple!!
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Old May 22, 2008, 01:53 AM   #19
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Plugging in headphones does not mute the startup sound. Interestingly, it still plays through the speakers at full volume. Muting works except i have to remember to do it before i leave the house in the morning. I usually plug in everywhere i go, so i try to lighten my load by leaving the battery at home. I am a little surprised there is no simple option via system preference to turn off the sound.

You do know that running it solely off the wall charger will underclock the processor (among other things), right? Your macbook was never designed to be run solely off the Magsafe adapter...its more of a charger than it is a power supply. And seriously, the battery weighs what? A pound?

And about the whole muting the start up sound thing: you could always show up to class on time
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Old Aug 11, 2008, 06:01 AM   #20
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This used to be so on my previous machines running 10.4

But on my new imac wirth 10.5 this doesn't seem to work, although personally its not a problem as I just sleep it most of the time.
Sorry I am a lot-late on this thread .. however, I just installed it on my 10.5 and it worked, as stated here:
http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~arcana/index.en.html

on the second and subsequent re-starts (2nd)

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Old Aug 11, 2008, 06:04 AM   #21
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Old Aug 11, 2008, 06:56 AM   #22
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Just FYI - the Mac startup sound is not analogous to the Windows startup sound. It's analogous to the beep codes before Windows starts.

The Mac startup sound serves a purpose - to let you know there were no hardware problems during the POST (that's power-on self test).
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Just FYI - the Mac startup sound is not analogous to the Windows startup sound. It's analogous to the beep codes before Windows starts.

The Mac startup sound serves a purpose - to let you know there were no hardware problems during the POST (that's power-on self test).
People have said that before, but what's the point in a diagnostic that wont happen if you set your system volume to mute before you turn off the computer?

If your Mac had a serious problem, you can bet it would be the day that you had the sound muted!
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Old Aug 11, 2008, 01:23 PM   #24
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Muting before shutdown works on every Mac I've owned. I don't remember this, though, so it won't make the sound, and especially on PPC macs, whose screens don't light up instantly, I always think it's shot. Kinda scary.
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Old Aug 11, 2008, 01:49 PM   #25
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Muting does not work on my iMac running Leopard. I think this is a feature of Leopard. You can only stop the sound if you use one of the software solutions above (or write your own in Terminal. No idea how to do that here). 10.4 or earlier...no problem, just mute or reduce the volume before last shutdown.

I would like to hear the chime...at about 5% of its current volume, precisely because of the "POST", however, I've suppressed mine, so I can stop waking up the rest of the house when I power on in the morning.
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