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How do I silence the Boot-up "Chime"?
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scoostraw
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May 15, 2006, 09:55 AM
 
Because of my living situation, I need to set up my Mac in "stealth" mode. How do I silence the "chime" that sounds when the system is booted up?

I checked MUTE in the system preferences but it had no effect.
     
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May 15, 2006, 11:02 AM
 
On the iMac, you have to unplug external speakers, mute the sound as normal with the keyboard, then reinsert the external speakers.
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May 15, 2006, 11:23 AM
 
I have no external speakers. Just the built-ins. This is one of the intel iMacs.
     
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May 15, 2006, 11:33 AM
 
When I want my PB to start up with no sound, I mute it before I turn it off. The volume it's at when it's turned off is the volume the chime chimes at, at least on PBs.
     
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May 15, 2006, 11:42 AM
 
Yeh Def Jef is correct, and this applies for the iMacs too. Its just easier if you have ext speakers, as the in built speakers can be set at a diff volume to that of the ext speakers, so when you unplug the ext's the int's aren't blaring loud, so I just have the int's set @ 0 all the time, so no boot chime for me, and no need to remember to mute the volume before a shutdown
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May 15, 2006, 02:38 PM
 
There are some utilities for this. Go to MacUpdate and search on "Chime".
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May 15, 2006, 07:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by robby818
Unfortunately, he as just said he is on a Intel iMac, running PPC control panels is a pain in the ass.
(i used to use this, before I got my Intel Mac)
     
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May 16, 2006, 06:36 AM
 
Originally Posted by scoostraw
I have no external speakers. Just the built-ins. This is one of the intel iMacs.
Or a cheap alternative is to plug a pair of cheap headphones (which you'll probably need if you want to listen to music, unless it's too "risky" )
     
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May 24, 2006, 02:08 PM
 
Thanks guys. My iMac behaves just as you described.
     
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Jun 7, 2006, 04:36 AM
 
Originally Posted by FireWire
Or a cheap alternative is to plug a pair of cheap headphones (which you'll probably need if you want to listen to music, unless it's too "risky" )
well my macbook still chimes through the internal speakers when i have speakers plugged in, so i'm guessing that's not a solution. unless there's something wrong with my computer!
     
   
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