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Code to silence the startup chime on Intel-powered Macs
Authored by: palahala on Jan 17, '09 02:06:17AM

I assume you mean /Library/StartupItems rather than /Library/Startupfiles? Removing these will only stop setting SystemStartupSound when you shutdown your computer -- as a workaround for the author's "because of my normal volume settings, my MacBook keeps resetting the chime volume automagically". So, removing these files will only stop setting SystemStartupSound to nothing when you shutdown, but will not restore its original value. Odd though that is seems to apply to all your sounds, not just the startup sound. Maybe Boot Camp somehow propagates the value.

Anyway, what did you already try? Hit the volume buttons, change Sound through System Preferences, reset PRAM and NVRAM (which in fact uses the sound, which you then might not hear the first time, but when not releasing the keys it will just reset again and maybe you'll then hear it it the second time)? Or maybe use one of the preference panes mentioned above?

On my Intel MacBook 10.5.6., on which I did NOT use this tip, I get:

sudo nvram SystemStartupSound
nvram: Error (-1) getting variable - 'SystemStartupSound'

So, I assume there's no default value for this setting. sudo nvram -xp reveals I do have SystemAudioVolume, but that was not used in this tip. Deleting SystemStartupSound might help, but I don't know:

sudo -d SystemStartupSound

Let us know!



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Code to silence the startup chime on Intel-powered Macs
Authored by: palahala on Jan 17, '09 02:18:12AM

Also note robg's comment: "It was written for 10.4, and 10.5 uses a different startup task mechanism, but this one should still work fine".

I've taken a look at the author's uninstall.sh script, and that also just removes the folder /Library/StartupItems/DebongIntel.

Did it in fact work after you applied the hint? Or did you never shutdown until you went to sleep at night?



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