Anyway to stop startup chime?

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  1. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I have a first generation intel iMac. Is there anyway to stop the startup chime?

    I need to go between windows and mac os a few times tonight using bootcamp, and I hate waking people up with the startup chime. It's so loud.

    Any help? Many thanks.
     
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  3. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Turn the volume down or mute it when restarting.
     
  4. powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've tried that a bunch, and it has yet to work. I'll try those programs.
    Thanks to all of you for the suggestions!!
     
  5. Dustman macrumors 65816

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    i've been waiting forever to find something to make the chime go away, but NOTHING i have tried has ever worked, including muting the volume before restarting os x. :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  6. Trogloxene macrumors regular

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    Plug a cable into the external audio port like you were going to set up external speakers.

    -T
     
  7. amd4me macrumors 6502

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    The chime comes through the internal speakers no matter what you have plugged in.
     
  8. Nym macrumors 6502a

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    True, nothing works, muting the sound before restarting, connecting a jack into the output plug, nothing works, it's an evil chime :)

    IMO the start up chime is just one of those things that Apple should at least give you the option to remove, and don't tell me that's it's the computer saying that it's healthy because when people are sleeping 1 feet away they tend to disagree!

    Seriously, imo it's a major usability flaw in Mac's, it's like building a website with music playing and not give the user the option to turn it off, it can be a nag :)
     
  9. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    That seems odd because I always keep my speakers muted unless I need them for the occasional audio or video clip. Consequently, I can't remember the last time I heard the POST bong on startup.

    And I gave links to a couple of simple methods for turning it off entirely...there's no need for it to be a "major usability flaw" for anyone.
     
  10. Kosh66 macrumors 6502

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    Is there a headphones port on the iMac. I've noticed on the laptops when you have headphones connected the chime goes to the headphones. I use my iBook in bed sometimes.

    Otherwise I have to say, it does defeat the purpose of the chime to add an option to kill it. The chime is important in debugging computers that have problems. That and the the indicator light that everyone with a Mac in their bedroom seems to hate.
     
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  14. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    That's actually a fair question too I suppose. The only times my Mac ever gets restarted is when I install updates - otherwise it is running 24/7 and I put it to sleep at night. Constantly shutting down and restarting your machine isn't necessary and if anything might add a little bit of wear to your HDD from doing a cold start over and over. Or maybe not, but regardless...
     
  15. BioChron macrumors regular

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    Don't mute the volume, turn it down all the way. That is before restart, and when you are using the built in speakers and not the volume of the audio jack.
     
  16. MLeepson macrumors 6502

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    Here's a good tutorial on how to mute the start up chime.
     
  17. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a

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    Turning the volume all the way down works just as mute does. When I restart if it's muted, no chime.
     
  18. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    If nothing else, you can turn your volume all the way down to the last bar. Surely that isn't loud enough to wake anybody up.

    The startup chime isn't just there to make noise, it has a point. It's one of those things that every Mac ever made has had. It indicates that the computer has passed all it's initial hardware tests. This is why it's hard to shut up, but on all my computers turning the volume down also turns the chime down.

    I've had many cases where the startup chime has saved me time and energy diagnosing problems.
     
  19. jmsait19 macrumors 6502

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    OP said they were switching back and forth between Mac and Windows (BootCamp I suppose) a few times through the night...
     
  20. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Mute the volume and it doesn't chime, or just sleep the iMac, it doesn't use much more energy as Apple's powersaving software is excellent.

    Otherwise there is software to do this online.
     
  21. jdryyz macrumors regular

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    Is StartupSound Intel compatible? I installed it on my new Mac Mini and when I go to access the Preference Pane item, it told me my mac model is not supported. When I look on the software's website, the system requirements mention PowerPC only.
     
  22. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    If you need to use windows a lot - have you considered running parallels? At least you wont have to shut down every time you need to use Money, Word or what not.

    I think the new version also has hardware graphics acceleration - not good enough for intensive gaming, but everything else.

    If it makes you feel a bit more popular - I too cannot get my Imac to shut up. But I do use bootcamp a lot less, since finding parallels, so it's less of an issue for me.
     
  23. volvoben macrumors 6502

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    i used startupsound on a first gen intel imac, worked fine, haven't heard a bong in a year.
     
  24. jdryyz macrumors regular

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    Hmmm....I'll try reinstalling.

    On a related note, my volume control keeps resetting itself to the half-way mark after I restart. I like it on maximum, so its pretty annoying to have to move it back all the time.


     
  25. jdryyz macrumors regular

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    I found out what was wrong- I was using 1.04 instead of 1.1b. For some reason, the author didn't update his website with the latest release. I found it on MacUpdate.


     

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