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    boot up sound
    Hi
    I just got my new Imac, simply love it... however I can't find how to turn out the boot up sound (plays pretty loud, wakes up everybody in the house when I start it late)

    anybody would know either hoe to mute it or if I can replace that system sound file with a ''blank'' file?

    thanks

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    As far as I know there is no way to shut it off as it's in the bios. You can turn down the volume when your in OS X before you shut down and that usually turns it down, although I have only tried it in OS 9

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    If you mute your system sound (via the System Preferences) this turns it off. It also turns off ALL sound though unfortunately. You can also reduce the volume by reducing the system sound volume.
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    Just mute it before you turn it off - that makes it mute on startup. Then you can turn the sound back up for use - just remember to mute it again before shutting down. Or, you could do like I do and never shut your computer down. ^_^

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    Hold down the "mute" sound key.. Which is F3 when you start up your computer (not sure if this will work with the BT keyboard but worth a try) and it will keep the start up sound from sounding. I always do this when starting up in class just incase I have the sound on or not.. But the real question is why you are shutting down your computer? I just recommend leaving it in sleep, the only time I restart my macs is when they have an update installed other than that they are sleeping.

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    I agree with the above posts, just leave the computer on all the time. It will use very little power in sleep mode and it comes on instantaneously. I am guessing you are coming from the windows world where you have to reboot every few days to maintain stability(most of the time). This is not necessary on a mac. When I switched I was surprised by how stable Mac OS X really is. Good luck with your new mac and enjoy.
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    gotta say, it's the only thing I don't like about my mac. I know they have had that sound for years, butit would be nice if you could change it to something less... demonic.

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    A little personal opinion. Not really directly related to solving your problem, but perhaps an alternate way of looking at it....

    I *love* that sound. I mistakenly muted my Mac one day (there is a button on my mouse that will do this, and I guess I pushed it by mistake). I hunted around for quite a while to figure what had happened and restore that sound.

    As has been mentioned above, Macs have had a startup chime for ever and a day - that chime is part of the "Mac experience". I missed it when it was gone!
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    While I've had no need to Mute the sound (For some reason I like hearing it... especially more than a Windows XP or Vista startup song) Go by what people are saying to Mute the sound, simply mute it prior to shut down and it shouldn't wake your family members up
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    why dont you just sleep your imac ? that way you wont get the sound at 3 am

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    Thanks! will do

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    There is an App that will turn it off, it's been discussed here before.


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    Missing my sound
    Hi, I guess I must have done the same as you and now do not hear that reassuring sound on those rare occasions when I have to restart my Mac.

    How did you resolve the problem?

    I want that sound back

    Quote Originally Posted by mac57 View Post
    A little personal opinion. Not really directly related to solving your problem, but perhaps an alternate way of looking at it....

    I *love* that sound. I mistakenly muted my Mac one day (there is a button on my mouse that will do this, and I guess I pushed it by mistake). I hunted around for quite a while to figure what had happened and restore that sound.

    As has been mentioned above, Macs have had a startup chime for ever and a day - that chime is part of the "Mac experience". I missed it when it was gone!
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    Ultimate Solution
    I know you posted this almost 2 years ago but I'm gonna give you what I found just in case the "problem" persists.
    Check out this link: Mac tips - Turn off your Mac’s startup sound | Hack the Day
    Its about a free software that lets you turn off the Startup Chime!
    Enjoy.

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