Can I control that horrid 'boom' noise at start up?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sir Loin Steak, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Sir Loin Steak macrumors 6502

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    You know the one? You press the on button, nothing yet happens on the screen, but there's a big 'boom', sort of 'ta dah!' noise that I could do without.

    How can I reduce the sound it makes?
     
  2. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    I had this same problem with my mac pro.

    I'm not sure if it's the same with iMacs but you might be able to select it from the sound menu in the system preferences and changed the volume from there for the built in speakers.
     
  3. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    Startup Sound preference pane will do it- either let you decrease or turn it off altogether. If only you could change the sound ;)
     
  4. aleni macrumors 68000

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    when i shutdown my MBP, i always press the keyboard button that is used to turn off the volume sound. it's sharing with F10 key. so whenever i booted up the mac, it doesn't show the BONG sound.
     
  5. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    You can see sound now? ;)
     
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  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    HA. you hate that noise!?!? my message tone is that noise!!!!!

    love it!!

    haha..


    uumm a quick fix is to mute your volume when you shutdown.. then it will be silent :)
     
  8. Weepul macrumors regular

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    I'm using separate speakers, and I've found that the startup chime is silenced if you go to System Preferences > Sound, the Output section, and pick Internal Speakers from the list, and mute it. Then select the output you'd typically use (Line Out for me). Its volume can be adjusted independently.

    I found this by accident and actually am enjoying the quiet startups. :)
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    nice find!!!! what if the sound comes out of the connected speakers though?? :( i know some older macs used to ddo that
     
  10. iBecks macrumors 6502

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    I wish that Apple would use the chime on the startup of an iPhone. :D
     
  11. aleni macrumors 68000

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    LOL. it's going to be BOOOOOOOONG!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Weepul macrumors regular

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    Indeed they did, but I think as soon as the chime started being played through the built-in speaker, it stopped going through attached sound devices.
     
  13. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    very very loud! :) it used to do that on my old iMac

    aahh well thats apple for ya, always thinking of everything haha
     
  14. madog macrumors 65816

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    My PowerMac G4 plays the startup sound through its output speakers. It's a 2.1 setup with a 10lb (not too much of an exaggeration) woofer that isn't that great, but ridiculously loud and good for music and games (voices in movies always take a backseat to explosions and what not, really annoying, but I got them for free). Any-hoo, if I forget to mute the sound or accidentally leave the speaker's independent volume too high, the startup sound will shake the walls in my room. Scares the **** out of my every time.

    With my 2008 MacBook that I got a month ago, however, I usually have headphones plugged into it and it really bothered be at first that the chime always came through the internal speakers. I thought something was wrong until now. Have had the G4 for 10 years and am extremely used to it :(
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ahh see i knew i wasnt lying haha! that would really scare the pants off of you!! i used to have some old crappy logitech and even they were really loud sometimes. i cant imagine a fairly large set.
    turn it down! haha
     
  16. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Why do you even close your mac to begin with? Just put it to sleep like every true mac user does.

    Here is an example, this is my macbook :p
    Code:
    [B]11:07  up 27 days,  1:38, 2 users, load averages: 0.36 0.32 0.32[/B]
     
  17. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    pfffftt. "true" mac users dont even put their computers to sleep :p
     
  18. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    I like the bong - then again I only hear it when I have to restart for an update.
    Apart from anything else it's reassuring - it means your computer's hardware's all working correctly.
     
  19. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    I am with you it's a great sound it's what distinguishes macs with everything else a very unique sound. I enjoy hearing it when i turn my mac on.
     
  20. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    im 100% behind your agreeing with me :)

    that means i agree with myself :confused:
     
  21. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    I'm a bit tired of hearing it on every mac for the last 10 or so years.
    Although it is great to hear after putting your mac through some intensive surgery.


    I wish I could hack the rom to bring back the sound of a 5200: "dwaaaahn"
     
  22. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    BLASHPEMY!!

    *checks MacTracker for the sound*

    oh wow thats a pretty impressive startup! are you sure the bootup sound is in the ROM file?? maybes if its in the system folder somewhere???
     
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