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10.4: Play with the fake startup progress bar
Authored by: feyd on Jun 28, '05 12:47:50PM
If, like me, you feel that the progress bar is fairly pointless after learning of this, you can get rid of it. Simply type

sudo mv /usr/libexec/WaitingForLoginWindow /usr/libexec/old.WaitingForLoginWindow
Now, because I have my comp. set to verbose boot I simply get my boot msgs and then a second or two of plain blue screen before the login window appears. I have not seen any errors reported to the logs or other oddities because of this yet. But if your comp does become borked for some reason simply boot into single-user mode (Cmd + S) and type:

mv /usr/libexec/old.WaitingForLoginWindow /usr/libexec/WaitingForLoginWindow
and then

shutdown -r now
Cheers, ~feyd

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Hack the startup progress bar
Authored by: Juneappal on Jun 28, '05 11:29:55PM

This is a great opportunity for someone to write a little hack that replaces the fake bar with a dancing moof or a set of chompers biting an apple or something like that. Any programmers out there with time and ideas?



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10.4: Play with the fake startup progress bar
Authored by: GlowingApple on Jun 29, '05 11:46:23AM

Is there a way to always have your Mac boot in verbose mode? Or do you just use the key combo on every restart?

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10.4: Play with the fake startup progress bar
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 29, '05 12:19:48PM
sudo nvram boot-args="-v"

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10.4: Play with the fake startup progress bar
Authored by: bdog on Jun 29, '05 10:21:26PM

This is great feyd! Disabling that and using verbose mode is the true geeky way to let OS X boot. I had to reboot just to see it, and it is slick.

Oh, and BTW, when security updates and OS updates are released, I'd download the package and look and see what files it updates. If it updates WaitingForLoginWindow, then you better rename the file before doing the update! But I bet they will never update it in Tiger.



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