Tips

1) How to Initiate a Safe Boot: 

Here is Apple’s version of this information: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201262

(You may want to print this before starting)

For Intel-based Macs:

  • Shut down your Mac all the way off.
  • Press the power button to restart while you also press and hold the Shift key
  • Once the Apple logo appears on the screen, you can release the Shift key
    Note: Startup will likely take substantially longer than normal, up to 10 minutes. When successful, you will see the text SAFE BOOT in red in the upper-right-hand corner. If you don’t see this, start over and hold the Shift key sooner.
  • If your hard drive is encrypted with Filevault, when your Mac restarts you will be prompted to enter your password right away. Enter that and press the Return key to enter.
  • At the login screen, when your Mac prompts you for your password (to log you into your desktop), don’t log in; just click on the Restart button.
    Note: Your Mac will take longer than normal to fully boot up this final time, and that is normal.
  • Make sure you do this final step and restart; otherwise, things will be weird!

For Apple Silicon-based (M1 or M2) Macs:

  1. Shut Down your Mac and wait 10 seconds.
  2. Press and continue holding the power button until the startup disks and Options appear.
  3. Press and hold the Shift key, then click the “Continue in Safe Mode” button.

This video shows how this works.

To adjust the security settings on an M1 Mac, this video explains how. To adjust Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack settings on an M1 or M2 Mac, read this.

2) How to Zap the PRAM

  • Shut down the Mac
  • Turn it back on and immediately hold these four keys: Command-Option-P-R (takes both hands)

If you are successful, instead of hearing just a single chime when your Mac turns on, with these keys depressed the Mac will keep chiming over and over until you let go of the keys. A total of 2 chimes is enough, then let go of the keys.

If you don’t hear subsequent chime(s), start over and press the 4 keys sooner.

How to Reset the SMC or Power Management System

Apple has a page with instructions for various models, that you can find here.

What to do before you sell your Mac, iPhone or Apple Watch:

Lakewood/Denver Local Apple Repair Sites

denvermacrepair.com – LoDo

LikeNewPCs.com – Arvada

denvermacrepair.net – Lakewood

netbuildersinc.com – Lakewood

betamacs.com – Denver 303 715 9090

iPhone repair: Cell City – Colorado Mills Mall (303) 590-1602

ubreakifix.com Lakewood

Denver eWaste Recycling Information

https://environmentalrecords.colorado.gov/HPRMWebDrawerHM/Recordview/408626

Windows Help in Denver

Duane McHodgkins
https://callduane.com
‭(720) 219-6720‬

Average Joe Computer Service
(720)524-7603
averagejoecomputers.com

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