Disable Mac OSX start up Sound?

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  1. Zander-Fragile macrumors newbie

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    I'm curious if there is anyway to remove the startup sound when booting up my ibook. It can be frustrating when I enter a class a couple minutes late and I'm unable to start up quietly. I'm aware that I can turn off the volume before shutting down or plug in a pair of headphones but that ultimately seems like a clumsy solution. So is there anyway to remove the sound completely? Thanks.
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

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    [1] Why shut down your iBook in the first place? Just sleep it and you won't have to worry about the chime. ;)

    [2] If you must start up, try holding the mute button on the keyboard as you start up - this should do it for you, or so I've heard.
     
  3. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    The Korg 'C' chime is built into the OS, coded right into the boot strap, many have tired to remove or modify it, and as of yet, I know of nobody that has changed the Mac Boot sound.

    If you shut down with the computer muted, you won't hear it.

    Sleep is a good option, and oddly conserves more power than a fresh boot for a certain duration.

    Headphones will at least turn off the internal speakers.

    I know sleep is not an option if you change batteries, which I do. So I usually remember to mute the computer.

    I guess that to see if sleep uses more power than a fresh boot, for a given sleep lenght, one would have to note the battery stats from Finder-->About This Mac-->More-->Hardware Tab-->Power and run afew simple tests to see how much power a boot uses.
     
  4. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    I suspect the sound is in the firmware somewhere, since it dings before anything gets passed to the OS loader (if I understand correctly).

    The best case is to mute before you shutdown. Works for me.
     
  5. Zander-Fragile thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm always afraid to carry my ibook around in sleepmode between classes due to heat and harddrive worries. Are my concerns unfounded? I carry my ibook around in one of those wetsuit-like cases inside an over-the-shoulder bag, and I worry that it would get really hot in there. I also worry that I could damage the harddrive or some other component by carrying it around in sleepmode over my shoulder.
     
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  7. emw macrumors G4

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    You're worrying too much. I've traveled to other countries with it in sleep mode - I'm sure it can make it to geography class and back. ;)

    When in sleep mode, the HD is shut down, etc. Any damage in sleep mode you'd see in shut down mode as well. Besides, if you're asleep in class, why not your iBook? :p
     
  8. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    You know, they're called portables for a reason. The hard drive stops spinning and the heads are locked when you put the computer in sleep, so no worries on that count. In fact, basically it just runs a trickle of power to RAM to keep the data in there. Processor stops running, all that stuff, so the 'Book isn't generating any heat. I'd say you should stop worrying and start sleeping. Better for that precious uptime too. :p
     
  9. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    The Mac start-up chime is the equivalent of the screechy POST (power on self test) sound you hear on PC. It's not part of the OS at all; it's reporting the results of low-level hardware tests prior to boot up. The Mac chime will change if problems are detected. The chances that you will ever hear an altered Mac start up chime are very small (for me, something like once in 20 years of owning many Macs), but just the same, it's a diagnostic procedure and you really don't want to change or eliminate it -- even if you could.
     
  10. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Yes, it still goes bunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng! if you don't have OS X installed.
     
  11. EGT macrumors 68000

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    Why remove the sound completely? Before you shut down just turn the sound off with the F3 button (on the powerbooks at least).

    It's quite impressive when you hook up to some nice speakers and the room shakes when you turn the computer on :p
     
  12. freiheit macrumors 6502a

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    It's amazing that I can never find what I want on Google when I need it. Anyway, there is at least one startup sound preference pane for MacOS X (I think the one I use is called Startup Sound Pref Pane or something but I can't find a URL for it) which will let you either mute or change the volume of the startup chime. It installs as a preference pane so you can change the volume at any time. It only affects the startup chime, nothing else.
     
  13. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    I find the sound gives me a soothing feeling.....

    You know the sound always belongs to a Mac :)
    If I hear that sound when I don't expect it, I get all warm inside... and go looking for tha certain Mac. :cool:
    It's just like someone is saying "Hello, friend" :D

    It's fun to hear the different startup chimes through the years. Check out MacTracker ;)

    Eh.... I wonder if the MacTels will sound the same.... :confused: :eek:
     
  14. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    Installed Psst as noted above. Weird- I really missed the chime. There is no documentation with Psst, so to remove it, run the Remove Psst. Trashing the application does nothing.
     
  15. floatingspirit macrumors 6502

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    I had the same frustration. This has been working like a dream for me on my G3 and other Macs. Installs with no fuss. Enjoy!

    http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~arcana/software.en.html
     
  16. 7on macrumors 601

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    hmmm, I wouldn't mind if the chime changed - but they'll prolly remain the same.
     
  17. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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  19. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    I can see it now.

    The new Mac chime : The Intel Inside jingle. :p :D
     
  20. tuqqer macrumors member

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    Most definitely there is a way, and it's the first thing I install on my G5. It's a cool little freeware called StartupSound.prefPane.

    You can set your startup sound to any level you want, including muted, which is what I do.

    Yes, yes, of course you can simply press and hold down the mute key while starting up each and every time. But if you have your Mac set to come on automatically at 5:30am each morning, and you have $300 speakers attached to it, you can wake the entire house. Why close down at night and start up fresh each day? Because there are a myriad of things that only start working right again once you restart the Mac. And given Tiger's extremely fast start time now, it's one of the easiest and fastest ways to repair all sorts of glitches.
     
  21. freiheit macrumors 6502a

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    StartupSound.prefPane

    Thats the one I was looking for! The one that I use and greatly appreciate (I don't mind the startup chime, but mine is really REALLY LOUD. I had to either kill it or turn down the volume somehow. StartupSound.prefPane works like a charm.
     
  22. emw macrumors G4

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    I just downloaded it and will give this a try. Looks like it does exactly what the original poster was looking for.
     
  23. Firefly1384 macrumors newbie

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

    That should work. It disabled the sound on mine.
     
  24. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    I realize this is your first post so just wanted to offer a little friendly help- it is not usually necessary to revive a 3+year old thread (last post was July 1, 2005) to post a link that was already listed in the the thread (see message #15). ;)
     

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