Save me from embarasment! Startup sound

Sweener88

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I was in a library today and i started up my shiny new macbook pro. WHAT A SHOCK the startup sound not only made me jump about 3 feet in the air but the entire library all turned and looked at me. SCARED ME TO DEATH lol. anyways how can i disable this stupid sound on this intel macbook pro. THANKS FOR HELP i REALLY appreciate it lol
 

katie ta achoo

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you could also put headphones in the audio-out jack before starting up. The sound will go through the 'phones, and since it's a pair of headphones, it'll be much quieter.
 

WildCowboy

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Or just remember to mute the sound before you shut down.
 

Oryan

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Or you can write an applescript to mute the sound on shutdown and one to unmute it on start up. I've seen this done somewhere, but I can't remember where now.

edit- found a way

Here's how to do it using AppleScript:

Open Script Editor, and make a new script. If you're an AppleScript newbie, make sure that you type or paste the following into the text box under the Record, Stop, and Run buttons, not in the description box...

Type or paste in the following:

Code:
tell application "Finder" to set volume 0

Choose "Save as Run-Only" from the File menu, and save the file in your Shutdown Items folder, located in the System Folder. Call it "mute volume" or something like that.

Then, make a new script. Enter the following code into that script:

Code:
tell application "Finder" to set volume 2

Again, choose "Save as Run-Only" from the File menu. Place this script in your Startup Items folder. Call it "Restore volume" or something like that.

That should do the trick. Your Mac will now automatically mute the volume when it shuts down, and restore it to a normal level when it starts up the next day.
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VanNess

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Sweener88 said:
I was in a library today and i started up my shiny new macbook pro. WHAT A SHOCK the startup sound not only made me jump about 3 feet in the air but the entire library all turned and looked at me. SCARED ME TO DEATH lol.
Just to get a clear picture about what happened, does this remind you of anything? :)
 

tdhurst

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Why...?

Do you turn off your MBP?

Most powerbook users I know seldom if ever shutdown, they just put it to sleep...
 

Heb1228

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I agree that you should just close the lid and let it sleep. However, if you're ever in a place and need to start up your 'book, but you're not sure if you muted it, just hold down the mute key when you push the power button and hold it (the mute button) for about 3-5 seconds after. The startup sound can be muted that way as well.
 

PatrickF

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Agreed, just let it sleep. No messing around.

katie ta achoo said:
you could also put headphones in the audio-out jack before starting up. The sound will go through the 'phones, and since it's a pair of headphones, it'll be much quieter.
This doesn't seem to work on the MBP. I've had it several times where the chime would come through the main speakers even though I had headphones plugged in. Once in OS X though the sound came from the headphones. Looks like the EFI doesn't set up audio routing before the chime.
 

baby duck monge

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PatrickF said:
Agreed, just let it sleep. No messing around.


This doesn't seem to work on the MBP. I've had it several times where the chime would come through the main speakers even though I had headphones plugged in. Once in OS X though the sound came from the headphones. Looks like the EFI doesn't set up audio routing before the chime.
Works the same way on my G4 mini. Startup sound plays through the internal speaker no matter what sort of external stuff you have plugged into it. Kinda frustrating, actually.
 

ingenious

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WildCowboy said:
Or just remember to mute the sound before you shut down.

This works. At first I thought that my iMac wasn't doing something right, but in 10.4, muting the sound before you shut down keeps the chime from sounding.
 

ingenious

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Or you could just create an Automator script that mutes the volume and set it as an alarm in iCal to run everyday at like 7:00 p.m. or whenever and then another that sets it back to the volume you want and set it as a Startup Item.
 

EGT

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WildCowboy said:
Or just remember to mute the sound before you shut down.
Exactly.

Psst? Automator scripts? Editing in terminal? You don't need any of these.

Just mute the thing before you shut it down, so simple it's scary.