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Re: iMac Lost Preferences
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2019, 02:05:39 PM »
My computer doesn't chime on startup anymore. I can't figure out why not. I have my volume up to almost max just to hear the chime and nothing.

How do I reset PRAM if I can't hear the chime?

So do you have no chime only or no sound at all? If you have alerts muted you won't hear the chime. Well at least until the 2nd chime.

Make sure alert volume is not muted and turned up. Make sure "Play sounds effects through:" is set to Internal Speakers.
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Re: iMac Lost Preferences
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2019, 02:06:08 PM »
I'm still under AppleCare so that's good. Would I be able to fix whatever issue I have if I reformat my comp, and only grab documents from my time machine?

Probably unless you have a hardware issue.
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Re: iMac Lost Preferences
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2019, 03:38:10 PM »
back in the day didn't we do like 4 chimes?
so I bet you could hold it down for while, is this bad advise? :laugh:

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Re: iMac Lost Preferences
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2019, 03:45:38 PM »
No harm. I always do at least 2 and sometimes 3 or 4. Hasn't exploded on me yet. ;D
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Re: iMac Lost Preferences
« Reply #19 on: September 20, 2019, 03:54:38 PM »
Turns out Macs made after 2016 (2017 Macs and newer) don't have start up chimes unless something is wrong.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202768

I have however reformatted my machine and installed the newest macOS and will just be doing that for a while and hopefully things work.
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Re: iMac Lost Preferences
« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2019, 04:16:49 PM »
So I wonder if that means you can't reset the pram now or it still does it without the chimes? I will find out later this evening on my 2017 iMac.
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Re: iMac Lost Preferences
« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2019, 10:19:31 AM »
I noticed this with my 2019 iMac - the startup chime is gone.  IDK if there's a way to make your mac make a sound on startup (probably is) but the newer versions of the system / hardware don't make any sound on startup.  The same goes for when you reset the PRAM.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063
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