Reset PRAM on 2019 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by insimbi, May 10, 2019.

  1. insimbi macrumors 6502

    insimbi

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    Has something changed with the new 2019 iMac that would not allow me to reset the PRAM? I just received my new iMac yesterday and restored my Time Machine backup. When the iMac starts, there is no startup "chime." Normally if I reset the PRAM it fixes that. But when I hold down CTRL-OPTION and P and R at the same time, nothing happens. The Apple logo comes up and it boots as normal.

    Am I doing something wrong? BTW, I have a 512GB SSD so not sure if it's just booting too quickly? LOL
    --- Post Merged, May 10, 2019 ---
    WTF, I just found this:

    Mac models from early 2016 and earlier make a chime sound when they start up. Mac models from late 2016 and newer don't have a startup chime, with the exception of MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017).

    No startup chime? :( I had no idea they did away with it. That's what makes a Mac a Mac. Noooooooooo....
     
  2. fisherking macrumors 604

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    ha, happened to me too. i helped a friend set up her new imac, and thought i'd messed something up; no chime. but personally, am glad it's gone (in fact, on my older mac, i have the app 'silentStartup' installed) so that one's quiet too.

    i just got a 2019 imac, love it. change is good, and silence is golden (something like that).
     
  3. xgman macrumors 601

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    Is there a trick to getting the magic keyboard to work at boot reliably? I often have to plug in a wired keyboard to do pre boot chores or boot into recovery environment from powered off.
     
  4. fisherking macrumors 604

    fisherking

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    i've done this once, and was able to boot into recovery with the magic keyboard plugged into usb...
     
  5. hfg macrumors 68040

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    I just press and hold the key-combination the instant I see the display backlight come on ... works every time.
     
  6. fisherking macrumors 604

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    did not work for me first two tries, until i plugged in my magic keyboard 2...
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    I miss having the startup sound, as it was useful for those specific key commands that have to be entered immediately after booting.

    Having a wired keyboard around for such things is a good idea, as well.
     
  8. fisherking macrumors 604

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    works with the magic keyboard, plugged in. and you can wait about 20 seconds (apple's official suggestion) when resetting nvram. pretty simple, really.
     

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