How do I mute the startup sound?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by karlth, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    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?? :confused:
  2. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Plug in headphones.
    Or turn the sound off before shutting down.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
  4. macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2009
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    I shouldn't have to remember to do that. :-/
  6. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    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.
  7. macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2011
    Glendale, AZ USA
    Awesome info! You R O C K ! ! !
  8. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    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.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    I don't understand the reports about StartupSound.prefPane version 1.1b3 not working in Lion.

    It works for me.
  10. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    What's "StartupSound.prefPane version 1.1b3"?
  11. macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2008
    Northern California
  12. macrumors 68020

    Jun 19, 2010
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    You don't want to know!
    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.
  14. macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
  15. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    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.
  16. macrumors 68040


    Jul 16, 2010
    since the startup chime can be essential in troubleshooting (reset PRAM anyone?)'s not such a big deal to have to hold a key on startup...
  17. macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2011
    If my sound is off or at a specific volume, that's how it starts up.
  18. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    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. :p

    Here on the other hand it seems to be almost considered a "user" problem. :D
  19. macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
    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.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2009
    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.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    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.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2011
  23. macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Working here on a Mac mini running Lion 10.7.2 :cool:
  24. macrumors 68040


    Dec 16, 2011
    The second works just fine for me. I have my computer muted and the chime is muted. 13" MacBook Pro if it means anything.
  25. macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    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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