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How to Enable the Classic Startup Chime on Newer Macs

sunlit

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They better find a command to enable username/password prompt login for mac os, instead of always displaying username (Yes with filevault enabled)
 
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smayer97

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Off topic. BUT

Already exists. Look in Users & Groups System Preferences then click Login Options...select "Display login window as • Name and password"
 
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wilhoitm

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I can confirm that this start up sound Chime enable works beautifully on the Mac Pro 2019 ( Model 7,1 )!
 
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Apple Knowledge Navigator

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Activated this on my 2018 MacBook Pro - works a treat!

But the chime itself is different; the attack is very soft and the fall-off is greater. The chord is also more ‘pronounced’. Why on earth would they change the recording but not activate it?
 
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Ital

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You can do it in Terminal or with Onyx , parameters , login

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toru173

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The file ('AXEFIAudio_VoiceOver_Boot.aiff') appears in the latest iBridge update. Extract the ipsw, mount 048-98075-057.dmg and navigate to /Volumes/bridgeOSJazzC17P2551.UniversalBridgeOS/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BridgeAccessibilitySupport.framework
 
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Marx55

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The "Onyx - View - Parameters - Login - Startup sound - Turn On - Apply" does not work (no startup chime at all) in iMac 27-inch 5K (mid 2017) with macOS 10.12.6 (16G2136) Sierra.
 
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henrus

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Has anyone figured out how to increase the volume of the startup chime after making this work? On my 2019 Retina 5K 27-inch iMac running Catalina 10.15.4, the volume is really low, even though my sound output settings are at near max volume. I'm just running sound using the internal iMac speakers.
 
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russell_314

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Activated this on my 2018 MacBook Pro - works a treat!

But the chime itself is different; the attack is very soft and the fall-off is greater. The chord is also more ‘pronounced’. Why on earth would they change the recording but not activate it?
I've heard this too. My only comparison is from memory of my old MacBook Pro's to my current Mac mini. It sounds different to me but that could be the internal speaker setup.
 
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toke lahti

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now we just need the glowing Apple Logo and the sleep pulse light back and we're good! :)
Naah, sleep pulse light is all we need.
Did any desktops have glowing logo back in the day?
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I've heard this too. My only comparison is from memory of my old MacBook Pro's to my current Mac mini. It sounds different to me but that could be the internal speaker setup.
Where was the original sound stored? Rom?
Maybe the quality came from that whatever chip playbacked it, wasn't complex enough to decode any modern complicated compression codec?
And if the current chip can decode certain codec, the chime is compressed to save storage (in this rom chip?) and sounds bad, but nevermind, since nobody's hearing it?
 
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nickdalzell1

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I also miss the creative and whimsical error noises as well. From the airplane cabin chime to the actual 'dah dah DAH!' doom sound to the sound of an actual crash it just felt great, even when it error'd.


Also miss hard disk access lights. Many times on modern hardware I wonder if the machine is stuck/frozen at the hourglass cursor, or rainbow wheel of doom on a Mac, wishing I had confirmation of activity before unneccessarily force-rebooting it.

Also want the actual sound back in a computer. I'd personally buy a modern hard disk that brings back the jet engine spooling along with all the beep whirr clatter--the sound of work being done! the sound of the future!

 
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BorgCube

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I also miss the creative and whimsical error noises as well. From the airplane cabin chime to the actual 'dah dah DAH!' doom sound to the sound of an actual crash it just felt great, even when it error'd.


Also miss hard disk access lights. Many times on modern hardware I wonder if the machine is stuck/frozen at the hourglass cursor, or rainbow wheel of doom on a Mac, wishing I had confirmation of activity before unneccessarily force-rebooting it.

Also want the actual sound back in a computer. I'd personally buy a modern hard disk that brings back the jet engine spooling along with all the beep whirr clatter--the sound of work being done! the sound of the future!


That hard drive brought back some memories of my childhood. At my work I have a picture of a disk just like that - I think they were before IDE? You knew the computer was working when it made those noises :).
 
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nickdalzell1

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That hard drive brought back some memories of my childhood. At my work I have a picture of a disk just like that - I think they were before IDE? You knew the computer was working when it made those noises :).

It was an MFM stepper motor hard disk. There were many others that had the cool, iconic 'we're going forward to the future' effect back in the '80s. The one example I linked to I can tell was from an IBM PS/2 Model Z. We had one of those in high school in the library, will never forget that power-up sequence.
 
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smayer97

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Also miss hard disk access lights. Many times on modern hardware I wonder if the machine is stuck/frozen at the hourglass cursor, or rainbow wheel of doom on a Mac, wishing I had confirmation of activity before unneccessarily force-rebooting it.
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Try MenuMeters (free)

or iStatmenus (not free)
 
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nickdalzell1

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Neither of those apps will work if the computer were actually frozen. As in unresponsive, spinning the rainbow wheel or in Windows, a static hourglass cursor. Hard disk access lights are a useful feature. Macs never had 'em, but PCs used to. Not sure why they got removed. Especially in an era where you cannot hear the hard disk at all.

Still annoys me on Windows, that you cannot reboot a PC by using ctrl-alt-del anymore. It always brings up the stupid task manager. Ctrl-alt-del was always the method to restart a PC for years. Even in Windows--that is, until Windows NT/XP. I haven't adjusted even today. Still find myself doing the ol'e 'three finger salute' hoping it'd restart, to no avail. Power buttons also don't act like power buttons. Unless you hold them down for 30 seconds hoping something will happen, so if it's truly unresponsive these days I just pull the plug from the wall. Not a great way to ensure no OS corruption...
 
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nickdalzell1

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Works on all Macs especially if you run Big Sur as well. Unfortunately, unlike my PowerBook G4, it doesn't chime when waking up from sleep mode. I hardly reboot so I hardly hear it unless the system completely freezes up.
 
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ApfelKuchen

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Works on all Macs especially if you run Big Sur as well. Unfortunately, unlike my PowerBook G4, it doesn't chime when waking up from sleep mode. I hardly reboot so I hardly hear it unless the system completely freezes up.
Maybe my memory if faulty, but I don't recall my PowerBook G4 (or earlier Macs) chiming on wake from sleep. Historically, the chime was the indicator of the completion of POST (power on self test), which does not happen after wake from sleep. Chiming after wake from sleep would also be horribly annoying as it happens throughout the day. Imagine an office full of Macs chiming throughout the day as people return from coffee breaks, lunch, meetings, rest room, etc.
 
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nickdalzell1

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Maybe it was waking up from hibernation then? because before the chime died completely, the PB G4 did it on power-up, as well as reboots, and even waking from sleep/hibernation. It was a nice touch. I think my MBP from 2012 also did this but always made me enter my password to get into it.

As for the glowing logo, it had the unique quality to it in that no other desktop had any such feature, and made Apple devices stand out. It also provided some advertising for Apple indirectly as well. Taking that away took away another way that made Apple unique. Now they're homogenized like smartphones. I had someone confuse my Samsung A01 with some other employee's iPhone X, almost mistakenly handing it to them (both are in black cases) until I said 'hey! that's my phone! and it's a Samsung!' and the response was 'Sorry, I thought it was her iPhone' and that really hit home. Does anyone else miss when devices all looked different? I'm tired of everything looking the same. I wish Apple would try to stand out again. The homogenization began back when iOS 7 came out, flattening things right after Microsoft tried it with Windows 8 (which failed for Microsoft, somehow, but succeeded elsewhere) and shortly after all the things that made Apple unique also started getting removed. The only thing that really separates my 2019 MBP from an HP Spectre is the touch bar.

The only way I can even differentiate or feel like I'm not conforming is by using older Apple or older Samsung devices. I suppose that's the only way I'll feel better about it. I really do miss sliding keyboards, or glowing logos, screen sizes smaller than 5", or iOS back when it didn't look like someone designed it in MS Paint. So PowerBook G4, iPad 2, and Samsung Tab 2's and Galaxy Relay it is...At least, until the whole imagination and creativity returns to Apple or other OEMs instead of this homogenized garbage.
 
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