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Apple Training Series Mac OS X Support Essentials, Second Edition by Kevin M. White

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Lesson 10. Startup Process

Time

This lesson takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Goals

Understand the Mac OS X startup process

Identify the essential files and processes required to successfully boot Mac OS X

Troubleshoot the startup and login processes

System startup certainly isn’t the most glamorous part of Mac OS X, but it’s clearly important and technically quite impressive. Apple has improved startup and runtime processes with every revision of Mac OS X. When things work correctly, the startup process on Intel-based Macs is generally under 30 seconds. Obviously, users appreciate a quick startup, but most don’t and shouldn’t have to care what goes on during system startup because they expect their Macs to work properly.

However, when ...

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