New Start-Up Chime for Macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TantalizedMind, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. TantalizedMind macrumors 6502a

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    When will there be a NEW start-up chime for Macs? The one we have now has been around since '95. I know it's not a BIG deal... but changing it would be a little... REFRESHING!

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  2. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    No one knows but I would guess that it's not very high on Apple's priorities to get changed, maybe they will change it with OS XI.
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    The Mac startup chime is simple yet elegant and vintage yet modern - it's perfect.
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    The startup sound you hear has nothing to do with the OS -- it's in the hardware (boot ROM). Apple could have easily changed it when they moved from OpenFirmware to EFI, but who cares? How often do you reboot your Mac anyway?
     
  5. holamiamigos macrumors 6502a

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    sorry but i disagree... it sounds old to me
     
  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    I don't really like the chime either, but I don't want my computer to play a whole jingle when I turn it on. I seldom turn off my desktop, so I don't mind much about that. I wish the laptops had no startup chime though... It's horrible when you're in quiet, public place and your MacBook makes a loud chime.
     
  7. hopejr macrumors 6502

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    With pre-Intel laptops, you could press the F3 button to mute it on startup, or put headphones in. Now, neither of those things work! It's annoying. I have to mute it before restarting/shutting down now.
     
  8. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I turn on my Mac 2x a day. I wake up, turn it on. Turn it off before I leave for work. Come home, turn it on. Shut it off, go to sleep. Repeat.
     
  9. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I suggest using sleep a lot more often... it is better for the computer.

    But I agree a new chime would be nice. I don't really care that much though.
     
  10. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is it really better for the computer? It'd be on sleep for 8+ hours while I'm at work.
     
  11. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Hey, has anybody heard the Car Crash easter egg on anything newer than a Quadra 950? It wasn't something you wanted to hear, but that said, it made hardware failure fun!
     
  12. zephead macrumors 68000

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    Aha, that explains why you think it's getting old. For me, it's been almost 10 days since I've restarted (probably not so long compared to some other people on this forum). I see no reason to restart, really, I just have it go to sleep.
     
  13. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Have you tried muting?

    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20051013141919568&query=startup+chime
     
  14. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Last Mac (that I can see "MacTracker") to have a death chime was the PowerMac G3 (All-In-One). April 98 - January 99.
     
  15. tominated macrumors 68000

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    NO! don't change it apple!! It brings me inner peace! :D
     
  16. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    ...but its the glorious sound of your mac saying Hello I'm healthy!
     
  17. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    On, but drawing very little power. I'm not sure if it's better for the computer, but it's certainly more convenient for the user.
     
  18. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it is much easier on the hardware to just put the computer to sleep. The manual suggests only shutting the computer down if you don't plan on using the computer for several days: anything less, just put it to sleep.

    Plus, you'll find that putting the computer to sleep uses about the same power as completely powering it off (it's a difference of about 5 watts).
     
  19. RMD68 macrumors 6502

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    Besides the bit of nostalgia with the sound I think its also a signal to the type of community you belong to.
     
  20. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    actually some how mine stopped chimming (if there is such a word?) any ideas why?
     
  21. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    I love the "Macintosh Chime" as I call it. My iMac makes a much better startup sound than any PC.

    By the way, I think they did change it because my teacher has a PowerMac 5300 (she's 1,000, by the way, and so are her lesson plans) and whenever she starts it up, the chord sounds more like a minor chord than a major chord.

    Oh, and does anyone know what chord the "Mac Chime" really is? I really want to play it on a piano!
     
  22. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21378
     
  23. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I shut mine down every night..... but it won't go to sleep.

    I figure OFF is better than sitting there waiting for someone to log in with the fan running all night behind the wall my head is on. :D

    The "funny" part is that since the Tornados and it was off for a few days - it nows goes to sleep while idle during the day. But last night - nope, would not go to sleep when i was going to bed.

    (G4 eMac btw)
     
  24. Queso macrumors G4

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    They've definitely refined it over the years. My iMac DV had a different tone than my Performa 630, and both my PowerBook and iMac add a richer timbre to it.

    BTW I believe the chord is a simple C major, played over two octaves.
     
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    http://musicthing.blogspot.com/2005/05/tiny-music-makers-pt-4-mac-startup.html
     

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