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Silently booting Windows 7 on a MacBook

After using Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro, it is annoying to hear an Apple chime every time the machine is booted. It is easy to remedy. Although the noise is made before booting into an operating system (either Apple’s or Microsoft’s), suppressing it requires booting into Apple’s OS and changing a setting. Below you will see the screen captures showing you what to do.

Pressing the mute button on the MacBook Pro keyboard when booting does not prevent the Apple chime when running Boot Camp. It was suggested that plugging in earphones will direct the bootup chime sound to the earphones instead of the speakers, but that doesn’t actually prevent the chime from the speakers to the earphones. Muting the sound as shown below is the only solution I found that works.

Windows 7 works great on great hardware. My quad core 17” 1920x1200 matte screen MacBook Pro with 4 GB of ram and an SSD cost me $2,634.81, not counting the 2% cash back from my credit card. Although the cost is high, so is the value. The machine is light, has great battery life, is rugged, and has excellent performance. You can upgrade a MacBook Pro to 8 GB of ram by purchasing two 4 GB DIMMs from Crucial, which are $53.99 at today’s price. Other World Computing offers 12 GB and 16 GB upgrade kits, which are sizes not officially supported by Apple and cost hundreds of dollars.


Figure 1. Screen capture from Lion showing how to select the System Preferences.


Figure 2. System Preferences window. Click the Sound icon.


Figure 3. Sound Window. Select the Output tab. Check the Mute checkbox to stop the Apple chime on bootup.

Published Saturday, September 10, 2011 10:51 AM by John Paul Cook

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is both a Registered Nurse and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Experienced in systems integration and workflow analysis, John is passionate about combining his IT experience with his nursing background to solve difficult problems in healthcare. He sees opportunities in using business intelligence and Big Data to satisfy healthcare meaningful use requirements and improve patient outcomes. John graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.
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