no apple logo on startup...?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pinkie, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. pinkie macrumors newbie

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    Jul 8, 2007
    #1
    Hi, I'm relavtively new to Macs having bought my first iMac a few months ago. It's the 24 inch, 2.16 ghz older intel c2d white model.

    I tried searching the forums but I couldn't find what I was looking for. Ever since I got my iMac in June, I have never seen the gray apple logo and the spinning wheel on startup. Ever. I always see a black screen with white text. The text seems to be basically describing the startup processes before loading into the Finder.
    (It's just like verbose mode, except instead of a white screen with black text, I see a black screen with white text.)

    I should also add that I was using the factory installed OS for the first few months (I did not reinstall it myself upon receiving my computer, but I did do an erase & install after reading here that the factory install takes up more HD space that you need with the languages & all). Even with the factory install, I have never seen the gray apple logo.

    My question is, how do I get the gray apple logo & the spinning wheel to be shown instead? (if there is a way to do this).

    Sorry if this is a dumb question. I'm just curious. =) Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it.
     
  2. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

    yetanotherdave

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    Apr 27, 2007
    Location:
    Bristol, England
    #2
    Sounds like verbose mode to me, try this

    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20020212090451983
     
  3. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

    tyr2

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    Location:
    Leeds, UK
    #3
    In the terminal type

    Code:
    nvram boot-args
    What do you get back. Anything?
     

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