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Old Aug 27th, 2005, 05:26 PM   #1
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quirks: Mini Mac startup sound missing, File Vault warning

My mini only intermittently sounds the Mac start-up sound. Usually I get it after an update reboot, occasionally on start-up. If I totally disconnect power supply I get the sound on start-up about 50% of the time.
Is there something I can do/check/fix to get it all the time? I would like that aural 'branding' experience very time ; )

File Vault: Almost every time I shut down, I get the File Vault notice that File Vault is using up more space than necessary, and I should allow the clean up of overused space... (or whatever the message actually says- after seeing the warning dozens of times, i should be able to recite the message).

Is this typical, or a glitch. I really don't add very much data to my HD nor change the standard daily activity, not nearly enough to warrant all the File Vault activity. I activated the File vault from the get-go, I don't have a clue what it is/is not doing- just seemed like an extra level of security... being a PC switcher and all.

My mini came with Panther pre-installed, and the Tiger update disc included. When I fired it up initially, I immediately did all the Panther updates/reboots as required, and then the Tiger install/checked for Tiger updates, before doing anything else. I have done all the Tiger updates as thet were available, these issues have pretty much been from day 1.

I shut down daily, sometimes 2-3 times daily, mostly to guard against power outages.
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I was going to post a message about this too. My mini has for the most part stopped sounding the startup chime. I'd really like to know if this is serious or not.
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File Vault: Almost every time I shut down, I get the File Vault notice that File Vault is using up more space than necessary, and I should allow the clean up of overused space... (or whatever the message actually says- after seeing the warning dozens of times, i should be able to recite the message).

Is this typical, or a glitch. I really don't add very much data to my HD nor change the standard daily activity, not nearly enough to warrant all the File Vault activity. I activated the File vault from the get-go, I don't have a clue what it is/is not doing- just seemed like an extra level of security... being a PC switcher and all.
This seems to be typical, from my experience with using FileVault. I really don't think FileVault is necessary if you're using a Mac that isn't an iBook or a PowerBook - they're much less likely to get stolen than the laptops are, which makes it seem useless to be using FV.
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Re: missing startup chime

After trolling some other forums about this issue, I read that resetting the PRAM can fix the problem (restart hodling down command-option-p-r until you hear the startup chime ring twice, then let it start up normally). Seems to have fixed the problem for me at any rate.

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Filevault - This is just a feature to encrypt your home folder.. honestly, it's not worth running unless you have a portable. And even then, it's still not worth it. If your machine will boot, people can access your files, assuming your machine was stolen. How full is your HD? This is the only way I could see Filevault giving you that message.

As for the chime.. I've heard of that before.. check out the solution that MacS suggested
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Old Aug 29th, 2005, 03:35 PM   #6
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For the startup sound .. I think that somehow it's not treated the same as standard system sounds. For example I have speakers plugged into my mini, but when I reboot I get the startup sound through the internal speakers, even though a) volume is on mute in the OS, and b) I have speakers plugged in.

Smells to me like Open Firmware issues, zapping PRAM may fix this up, but I suspect we may see a firmware update from Apple at some point for these machines (or not, they may decide it's not worth fixing if that's the only issue).
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mine will play through any speakers plugged in...has given me a nice surprise in the morning after I left my speakers cranked the night before
(it's an iBook btw)
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Well, I have no idea what "Open Firmware issues" even means , but as I said, resetting PRAM did do the trick. However, my wishlist for a firmware upgrade would include getting rid of the HD clunk that my mini is still making (I read somewhere that Seagate was supposed to issue a firmware upgrade for the HD to resolve this problem, but I haven't seen it). The clunk doesn't seem to affect performance, but I'm keeping pretty regular backups anyway, just in case.

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Well, I feel a bit silly. My startup chime is missing again. It seems that zapping the PRAM works for one restart (at least for my machine) but after that, she's gone again. Can you hear the voodoo dolls laughing?

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I didn't try the PRAM trick, but I looked up the fix and it came up under iMac fixes, nothing about the Mini, although I don't see the differerencs/distinction.

I can't recall if the chime comes over speakers, but I think it only sounds from the Mini itself. If I ever get it to sound again, I'll take note and post the result ; )
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