TIL: You can restore the startup chimes on MacOS

Early on during the covid-19 lockdown my computer fizzled and died.

I wasn't sure if it was the screen or if the whole computer had gone kaput. So I tried switching it on again to see if the startup chime played. But…no chimes.

Then I realized I hadn't heard the startup chime in forever, and got to googling. Apple removed the chime in 2016, but there is a way your can restore it.

Open Terminal and enter this:

sudo nvram StartupMute=%00

if you change your mind, you can mute the chime by entering

sudo nvram StartupMute=%01

Now if your screen suddenly goes black you'll be able to quickly tell if your computer is dead. Also it sounds nice.

published
29 Oct 20
modified
29 Oct 20
author
John
tags
macOS