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How to turn on the start bell on your new Mac

How to turn on the start bell on your new Mac

Since 1984, Apple computers have made a pleasant sound at startup. This shadow has become a cultural business card for the platform, but with the advent of self-launching Macs in 2016, Apple has decided to eliminate this feature. If you lose your ringtone, there is a way to restart it. In this way.

How does the modified configuration work?

To turn on the ringtone, we need to change a setting in the Mac’s NVRAM (short for Non-Volatile Random Access Memory) using a terminal command. It’s not as scary as it sounds, but here’s some information on what’s going on.

On a Mac, NVRAM is a small amount of memory that stores settings for the entire computer. Remember these settings without power, so that they are accessible at startup and available between system restarts.

With the commands below, we change a setting in NVRAM called «StartupMute» that tells the computer whether or not it should be heard at startup. command ‘sudo’ it is necessary because ‘nvram’ is a powerful command that requires superuser permissions for use.

If you are curious to learn more about NVRAM, what it is and what it does, see this handy guide. In addition, Apple has more about starting tones and what they mean on their website.

How to turn on the Mac startup sound

First, get started Spotlight search by pressing Command + Space on the keyboard. You will see a large search bar that appears in the middle of the screen.

Apple Spotlight search bar

Scribe Terminaland then press the Return key.

Launch Terminal.app via Spotlight

This will begin Terminal application. With the default settings, the Terminal appears as a black background window.

In the Terminal window, type sudo nvram StartupMute =% 00and then press the Return button.

Mac OS X Terminal Window: Enable Startup Chime

He will ask for your password. Enter your password and press Enter again.

Now restart your Mac and see if it works. The buzzer should be there.

How to turn off the Mac power ringtone

If you’re tired of hearing the ringtone and want to turn it off again, here’s how to do it.

Start the Spotlight search by pressing Command + Space on the keyboard. You will see a large search bar that appears in the middle of the screen.

Apple Spotlight search bar

Write Terminaland press Return.

Launch Terminal.app via Spotlight

This will start the Terminal application. With the default settings, the Terminal appears as a black background window.

In the Terminal window, type sudo nvram StartupMute =% 01and press the Return key.

Mac OS X Terminal Window: Disables the power bell

If prompted for your password, type it and press Return.

Now restart your Mac and see if it works. The buzzer must be turned off.

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