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    Turn off/mute/disable your Mac's startup sound/chime
    I couldn't find anything on here about this, found this elsewhere and thought i would post as i do know lots of Mac users that have been trying to do this for a while Turn off/mute/disable your Mac

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    Just want to point out that the author states it's not compatible with Lion. However, I've been using it since Leopard and it still works with Lion although once in awhile it get's finicky and the startup sound goes full blast.

    And thanks for posting it again although it has been posted several times before.

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    You can just turn the volume right down on the Mac. Mine never chimes on restart.
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    Often wonder why one would want to get rid of the 'all good' chime on startup? Can understand not wanting to hear the 'chimes of death'!
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Often wonder why one would want to get rid of the 'all good' chime on startup? Can understand not wanting to hear the 'chimes of death'!
    Chimes of Death is right. 2:30 in the morning chime to view mac forums wakes wife up = death for me.
    60% of the time it works every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Often wonder why one would want to get rid of the 'all good' chime on startup? Can understand not wanting to hear the 'chimes of death'!
    Don't worry Harry, I don't have mine turned completely off, but lowered down to about half way. Keeps the noise level low enough not to wake the family up.

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    Turn off startup sound
    Arcana StartupSound.prefpane 1.1b3 works fine for me. I had also 'Psst' installed, but that did not do the job. Arcana's prefpane works since a week.

    MacOS 10.8.2, 27 inch iMac, late 2012. Was delivered in January 2013.

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    I'm surprised to hear the Arcana Preference Pane works with your version of Mountain Lion. The author specifically says it only works for OS X versions up to Snow Leopard. It did work for me when I was using Lion but it does not work with Mountain Lion.

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    Well, I mentioned that I am using the newest iMac available (27 inch late 2013). On this one Arcana works, not on the older ones. It did not work on my old iMac (2008). And why to get rid of the startup noise? It is just too loud. I used to be reluctant to start my Mac early in the morning (4 am) when my neighbors are still asleep. Also I don't find the startup noise sexy in any way, just shocking. And turning down the volume or plugging in headphones does not work at all. And I like to shut my Mac down when I am out of my home for more than a few hours to avoid wasting energy and polluting my environment unnecessary. Well, unnecessary loud noise is acoustic pollution, right? Life without the Apple's startup noise is like paradise, just the beach is missing.....

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    I'm glad to hear it's working with the new iMac, but again I'm surprised that it does. I'm using the "StartNinja" application which does work with my 2011 iMac and Mountain Lion.

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