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by Tom Nelson

Has this ever happened to you? It’s late at night and everyone in your home is fast asleep, except you. With no prospect of sleep in sight, you decide to turn on your Mac, to play a game or check the news. But as soon as your Mac starts up, the thunderous sound of the startup chime reverberates through the house, waking everyone, including the cat and the dog.

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The Mac’s startup chime can be very noisy, especially in an otherwise quiet environment. Apple didn’t mean to wake the entire house; it just wanted to be sure that you could hear the startup sound, and with good reason. The chime, which usually means your Mac has passed the startup diagnostic test, can instead be replaced by a sequence of audible tones that signal various hardware failures, including bad RAM or EFI ROM (Extensible Firmware Interface Read Only Memory).

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by Tom Nelson

Spotlight, the system-wide search service in Mac OS X, is one of the easiest and quickest search systems available for the Mac. You can access Spotlight by clicking the Spotlight icon (the magnifying glass) in the Apple menu bar, or by using the search box available in the top right corner of every Finder window.

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When you’re using the Finder’s search box, you’re actually still using the Spotlight search index your Mac creates, so the results won’t be any different from a standard Spotlight search. However, there are advantages to searching from a Finder window, including more control over how the search is performed, and the ability to build complex search queries and add to your search phrase as you hone your search.

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