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Adjust your startup chime volume System
Controlling the volume of the startup chime is easy to set in the System Preferences Sound panel, but you need to make two different settings if you have external speakers connected to your Mac. There is no need to use scripts or any other coding to make this adjustment.

There are both internal and external speaker output settings in the sound preference pane. In order to adjust (or turn off) the volume of your Mac's internal speakers, nothing must be plugged into the headphone jack. Keep in mind that this setting completely controls the volume of your internal Mac speakers, so if you mute the sound, and have no external speakers, you will get no sound at all from your Mac.

To adjust the volume on your Mac's internal speakers:
  1. Unplug speakers or headphones from the headphone jack.
  2. Go to System Prefs > Sound, then click on the Output tab.
  3. You will then see Internal Speakers (Type built-in) highlighted in the window.
  4. Adjust the output volume (which also controls the chime volume) in the slider at the bottom of the window. Remember if you mute it there will be no internal speaker sound.
To set the volume for your external speakers:
  1. Plug in speakers or headphones to the headphone jack.
  2. Go to System Prefs > Sound >, then click on the Output tab.
  3. You will then see Headphones (Type built-in) highlighted in the window.
  4. Adjust the output volume (which controls the chime volume in the external speakers) with the slider at the bottom of the window. Remember if you mute it there will be no external speaker sound.
Since I have external speakers, I chose to mute the startup sound on my internal speakers and set the chime very low on my external speakers. If you have an external volume controller for your external speakers, it should still function normally following these changes, but adjusting it will again affect your startup chime volume for those speakers.

[kirkmc adds: Depending on your setup, this can be a bit more complicated. For example, my main Mac is a Mac mini connected to a DAC via a Toslink cable, which uses the headphone jack. When you use the digital output like this, you cannot control its volume. I also have a Cinema Display, connected via Thunderbolt, and it has internal speakers; so I can set the volume in those. This shows in the Sound preference pane as Display Audio.

If you have a Mac Pro, you have a tiny - and tinny - internal speaker. If you have an iMac, you have the same type of speakers as I have in my Cinema Display. And if you have a laptop, you have one or two small speakers.]
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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: snit on May 24, '12 09:43:50AM

Wow... so obvious. Once you know the answer.

Can't believe I never thought to try that. Thanks.



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on May 24, '12 09:46:58AM

The startup chime simply plays at whatever volume your computer was set to when it shut down. So rather than mucking around in Sound Preferences, just press the mute button on your keyboard before shutting down.



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: catalert on May 24, '12 06:41:01PM

Not so, Sesquipedalian. On my 2008 Mac Pro running 10.7.4, the startup chime doesn't "simply" play at the volume you've set. It's true that muting the sound does suppress the startup chime, which I hadn't realized. But this hint was a revelation to me because I ALSO didn't realize I could set volumes for the internal and external speakers separately and have them STICK independently.

My startup chime plays through the internal speakers, and I want it always set at a low volume (but not muted). Other audio plays through my external amplifier and speakers, and I'm constantly adjusting that volume to suit what I'm listening to. Thanks, S.Patton, for the helpful hint!

Edited on May 24, '12 06:55:15PM by catalert



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: sfemet on May 24, '12 12:21:50PM

Have you tried the startup sound pref pane?
http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~arcana/software.en.html#StartupSound

I used it on my Mom's iMac and it worked nicely. I am not sure how it operates in Lion, however.



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: wallybear on May 24, '12 11:37:00PM

You could also install the Arcana StartupSound Preference pane, that mutes the startup chime without altering your volume settings (actually it sets volume to zero at shutdown and resets it after boot, but gets the job done). You can find it on Macupdate.
Currently it doesn't work under Lion.

Another simple solution is using two scripts, one running at shutdown and the other at startup, that do the same thing: set volume to zero wen shutting down and reset to custom preferences at login.



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: Interactive on May 25, '12 07:51:31AM

Their website (http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~arcana/index.en.html) states the incompatibility with Lion as well. It was a useful utility to me until now. And, I hope that it will be updated to work with Lion and Mountain Lion.



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: JimAkin on May 25, '12 09:04:12AM
I used the Startup Sound Prefs Pane for years, to mute the startup chime on several Macs. I really missed it when I upgraded to Lion. Then I saw this Hint, which clued me to a nifty (free) application called StartNinja. It silences the chime most effectively. Unlike Startup Sound, however, StartNinja does not give you the option of adjusting chime volume; it's an all-or-nothing, on/off tool.
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Jim


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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: metiure on May 25, '12 05:36:22AM

Is this really a hint?



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: Anonymous on May 25, '12 10:40:24AM

Yes! Absolutely it is! It just needs to add one additional step:

5) don't touch the volume ever ever ever again in fact rip the keys off your keyboard because this is a Mac OS X Hints hint.



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: philostein on May 25, '12 12:07:07PM

Is this really a reply?



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: dronkert on May 25, '12 07:58:25PM

The hint is: volume control is separate for internal and external speakers. Seems to me that that is rather obvious to anyone who has ever plugged in headphones.



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: Spaniard on May 25, '12 09:52:38AM

Being reader for a long time, I had to register just to make things clearer about this! (two things to understand):
- Starting chime ALWAYS sounds from the speaker/s of your mac,
- All Apple machines remember independient volume settings; just adjust each (your mac\ios knows the last volume level you chose without a line out connected, so unplug the wire -ex. speakers/earphones- and JUST set volume down, even till mute, if you want. Plug on the sound line out, and JUST choose the volume level. On next startup, chime will sound even muted -as playing trough int. speakers, and every else will sound as plugged)
In all, is a very consistent behavior, and forget going to Preferences; it's not needed.
(I once spent some time searching for an app to mute startup... and it was all much easier!)



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Is there something to preserve sound settings?
Authored by: ms_t_rie on May 26, '12 04:34:10AM

Perhaps because I always adjust the balance setting (my Macbook is used closer to one of the extermal speakers, so I can't have it in the middle) my sound settings, including the volume ALWAYS reset on a reboot. The balance goes back to the middle, the volume always increases. Which of course means I have to re-adjust EVERY time I reboot. (which I don't have to do often, but still, it's annoying)



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: thistraincarries on Jun 18, '12 10:50:03AM

I use Psst and it still works in Lion. Much easier and it has volume control. Donation.



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Adjust your startup chime volume
Authored by: Koninda on Dec 18, '12 06:08:43AM

Apparently, this hint works for some people. It also doesn't work for many people, as an Internet search will reveal. I've tried this hint on a 2011 MacBook Pro, a 2008 MacBook Pro, a 2009 iMac, and several other computers. I've tried all the variations that I can think of. I set the internal speakers to no volume, with and without the Mute checkbox checked. I've set the external speakers to no volume (Headphone, in the Sound control panel), again, with and without the Mute checkbox checked. With these settings, I've restarted with the external speakers plugged in and with them unplugged. I've restarted with the Mute button on the keyboard pressed. In every case, the chime sounds at its normal loud volume, from the internal speakers, on every restart.

I don't know why this hint works for some people and not for so many others. If anyone can shed light on the reason for the differences, it would be a very valuable addition to this hint.



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