Some big changes are coming to the Mac hardware. And let’s admit it: You know you’re excited about the rumors of a new iPod touch. Plus, iPhones, bad guys, and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.
This is episode 687 with Jason Cross , Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.
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This week’s tip actually comes from Mr. Macintosh. Be sure to visit the Mr. Macintosh website at mrmacintosh.com.
This is a great tip for owners of Macs made since 2016. These new Macs are great, but they are missing something longtime Mac users love: the startup chime. It used to be when you booted a Mac, you’d hear a “bong!” to tell you that the computer is up and running.
Fortunately, you can activate the startup chime, and it’s really easy to do. You need to enter a command in the Terminal—don’t worry if you’ve never used the Terminal before. It may seem intimidating to use a command-line interface, but this is a short command that anyone can perform.
Launch Terminal, which is located in the Utilities folder. Then, at the prompt, type in the following:
sudo nvram StartupMute=%00
Hit Return. You’ll be asked to enter your account password. Enter it and then the command will be executed. Now, when you restart your Mac, you’ll hear the startup chime.
To turn it off, go back to the Terminal, and enter the following:
sudo nvram StartupMute=%01
Thanks again to Mr. Macintosh for this tip. You can get the details by clicking on the link below:
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Roman has covered technology since the early 1990s. His career started at MacUser, and he's worked for MacAddict, Mac|Life, and TechTV.