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shawonaries Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 6, 2012 11:07 AM

quick question, how do i turn off the startup sound in macbook air?

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 13.3 INCH MACBOOK AIR
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Jan 6, 2012 11:16 AM (in response to shawonaries)

    The best way is to turn the volume down/off before you shut down.  The setting is stored in PRAM and should restart with the same setting.

     

    Regards,

    Captfred

  • gnuwoods Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2012 12:34 PM (in response to captfred)

    Captfred,

     

    May I ask, can you mute the system AFTER power on BUT BEFORE the chime to gain the same effect? Also - why doesn't the chime play through the headphones, but only the external speakers?

  • SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,200 points)
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    Jan 6, 2012 1:42 PM (in response to gnuwoods)

    Both the sound volume and the headphone/speaker selection control is software controlled. While internal speaker volume is set in PRAM at shutdown, the output device for the boot chime  is not. It is always the external speaker. If you shut down with headphones connected, and then even boot with them connected, the startup chime will still be though the internal speakers, with subsequent sounds being then through the headphones.

     

    Unfortunately for your situation, there is not a physical switchover mechanism built into the jack to perform the action you are looking for.

     

    Just a thought... I use Victor Andeoni's particular Applescript to shut down my Mac, which makes for a clean, one-step shutdown. I don't think it would be complicated to add a couple of lines to mute the speaker as well. Of course, you would have to turn up the volume to the desired level after boot, or use a separate login item applescript to do that for you..

  • gnuwoods Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2012 4:51 PM (in response to SP Forsythe)

    That's interesting. They should add settings for the chime. Bloody annoying sometimes.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Jan 6, 2012 9:57 PM (in response to shawonaries)

    This works for me ... adds a "System Preferences" element ... http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16425/startupsound.prefpane

     

    The chime can be reduced in volume to where it is not annoying, but audible enough just in case it is not the "all is well" "bong" sound.

  • SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,200 points)
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    Jan 6, 2012 10:03 PM (in response to steve359)

    steve359 wrote:

     

    This works for me ... adds a "System Preferences" element ... http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16425/startupsound.prefpane

     

    The chime can be reduced in volume to where it is not annoying, but audible enough just in case it is not the "all is well" "bong" sound.

    The app identifies itself as a PPC / Intel application. If this is the case, it won't work for the OP's system running Lion.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Jan 6, 2012 10:13 PM (in response to SP Forsythe)

    My bad.  Sorry.

     

    macupdate.com does have other "chime" control.  I liked this because the chime still is there just at a lower volume.

     

    Guess I should have just gone to bed ...

  • SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,200 points)
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    Jan 8, 2012 5:21 PM (in response to shawonaries)

    Update to my prevous post;

     

    I used Victor Andeoni's Applescript based app, and added set volume 0 to the script, and it worked. With one click on the dock, I can do a "clean" shutdown whilst also setting the volume to mute, such that the computer will have a silent next start.

  • 4yr_ago Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 13, 2012 11:19 AM (in response to SP Forsythe)

    I have one silly question. I want to modify Victor Andeoni's script but I don’t know where is his script? I downloaded the 2.0.2. I see the icon (CleanShutDown), Readme.rtf, Version 2.0.2.rtf, Changelog.rtf.

    I suspect his script is in Version 2.0.2.rtf. But when I open the file, I only see the text “Version:2.0.1″. Where is code like  “TALLogoutSavesState = 0″ located ?

    Many thanks!

  • SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,200 points)
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    Apr 13, 2012 3:31 PM (in response to 4yr_ago)

    View the contents of the package (CleanShutDown.app) with Finder (right-click, show contents). Then navigate to resources/scripts directory, then open the script using the App AppleScript. Make your modifications, then using AppleScript, save as an application of your own.

     

    Here is the (unaltered) script:

     

    tell application "Finder" to activate

    tell application "System Events"

        tell process "Finder"

            click menu item 17 of menu 1 of menu bar item "Apple" of menu bar 1

        end tell

    end tell

    delay 1

    tell application "System Events"

        tell process "loginwindow"

            activate

            click checkbox 1 of window 1

            click button 2 of window 1

        end tell

    end tell

  • 4yr_ago Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 13, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to SP Forsythe)

    It works!  Thanks so much! 

  • AlyoshaK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 19, 2012 4:48 PM (in response to shawonaries)

    A quick fix isa free download: PSST.  It allows you to set for complete silence or for various volume levels.  The website says it doesnt' work with every Mac, but it works fine on my MacBook Air running OS X 10.7.3.  All this program does is set to volume to zero at shutdown and adjusts is back after login.

     

    http://www.satsumac.com/Psst.php

  • itchy92 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 24, 2012 9:25 AM (in response to shawonaries)

    Thanks to people who have posted "workarounds" for this issue, but does no one else think it's a little absurd to have to rely on third-party scripts for something as *functionally* important as muting the startup sound? I use Boot Camp and boot into Windows most of the time for work, so the OSX scripts don't really apply. But I hate the distraction of the startup gong when I'm working in a quiet environment, and I think it's awful design that I should have to "mute my sound at shutdown and re-set it at startup".

     

    I don't mean to rant, but it's the recurring problem I have with all Apple products: it's the Mac way or the highway. I understand the appeal of a "simple, uniform environment" and a "walled garden" for security and stability, but certains things that are subject to user preference and would literally just require one checkbox in a preferences window are impossible. And most people on the forums either ignore the ridiculousness, or get mad that you want to do it differently (the irony does not escape me).

     

    Sorry, I just had to vent. But I do hope that others will voice their frustration with the silly limitations imposed by Apple for important usability issues.

     

    Aaron

  • luisg1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 26, 2012 3:33 AM (in response to itchy92)

    Agree 100% with itchy92

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