iMac annoying start up chime !

Discussion in 'iMac' started by illestswag, May 9, 2013.

  1. illestswag macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2013
    I just recently got this Late iMac 2012, and i can't seem to mute the start up chime, I just muting my computer and then turning if off and starting it back on, but it still gives me a LOUD CHIME ! is there any solution to this ? or should i call apple ?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The chime (in different forms) has been part of Macs since the Macintosh 128k. All you can do is lower the volume before shutting down and it should start up with the lower volume.

    There may be software out on the net to hack a change but the change but I'm unfamiliar with any options.

    To me, its music to my ears :)
  3. illestswag thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2013
    I tried lowering the volume, but still gives a very loud start up chime, its so loud, if i turn on the imac, it will wake everyone up !
  4. garevans macrumors newbie


    Aug 26, 2008

    If the computer volume is muted, there should be no chime. If you have speakers plugged in. Disconnect, mute volume, reconnect speakers (volume should go back to where it was).

    If you do not have speakers plugged in and the computer is still chiming when muted, try a PRAM reset:

    Good luck!
  5. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Another option is to just put the iMac to sleep instead of shutting down.
  6. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    There is no reason to turn off a Mac, just let it sleep or even better put the display to sleep. The startup tone is there for a reason, it's a diagnostic tone and will help you in the future. There are third party tools that mute it however IMHO installing them is stupid because then you are messing with the system software and cannot properly execute diagnostics or resets. In short leave it alone and put the computer or display to sleep.
  7. chukronos macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    Colleyville, TX
    Mine does it, too. Regardless of if I have it on mute or not. But, I rarely shut down, so it isn't a problem for me.
  8. macthefork macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2013
    Just turn it way down. Unplug anything connected to the audio output, and then in System Preferences > Sound, turn it down so you can barely hear it. That's what I did on my 2011 iMac, and many other Macs I've done this to. And it works fine. Doesn't affect the audio level if you're using an external sound system plugged into the Mac.

    The start-up chime is whisper quiet in mine. Although, I can still hear it.
  9. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    its also useful if you have bootcamp since it tells you when to press the button to launch it.
  10. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
  11. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    I remember that link coming up last time someone asked about it. It didn't work for me, or anyone else in the thread for that matter, at least with 2012 iMacs if my memory serves.

    The only way to be sure (that I know of) your Mac isn't going to chime on boot is to make sure not headsets/headphones/external audio cards are connected, and then to mute the system volume before reboot.
  12. illestswag thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2013
    Thank you all for the help ! I fixed it, it was due to the external speakers.
    I unplugged it and turn it off and it was quiet ! Im very happy with this iMAC !

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