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Mute the startup sound using a logout hook
Authored by: Wayne_S on Oct 08, '03 02:02:53PM
Maybe I am too cautious, but the startup chime is the machine's way of telling you it has passed the POST (Power-On Self Test). The alternative sound for failing the POST (at least under OS 9 - I haven't experienced it under OS X) was an evil-sounding 4 tone sequence followed by the display of the "Sad Mac" icon at startup. In case you've never seen it, the Sad Mac was a classic Mac with X's for eyes and a big frown.

I like the reassurance of knowing my Mac is functioning properly from the moment the power switch is hit.

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Mute the startup sound using a logout hook
Authored by: RandyMan on Oct 08, '03 05:06:55PM

Seems to me you'd know pretty quickly whether you passed the POST or not, with or without the startup sound...



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Mute the startup sound using a logout hook
Authored by: georgemp on Oct 09, '03 02:43:48AM

It helps in troubleshooting. Different startup sounds could have different meanings. Crasghing glass means failed RAM. I've had this before and it was easy to determine what was wrong because of that. There are a couple of other sounds too with special meanings. A search on Apple's kbase would list them.



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Mute the startup sound using a logout hook
Authored by: helicine on Oct 08, '03 05:55:45PM

i know the sound is nice to know that some things are working okay - but this is great for people who share laptops - especially w/ students or those who use their laptops in lots of meetings (etc.) where laptop sounds are not appreciated



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