Thursday, May 22, 2008

Safe Mode for a Mac

Recently, I had a very "interesting" time trying to reset a wrongly set resolution on a Samsung LCD TV connected to a Mac Mini. Sad to say that this method does not work in resetting the resolution. I did managed to reset it though, and I will post the method later.

Anyway, this Safe mode for the Mac is still useful if you have programs that caused your Mac unable to startup. To go to Safe mode, just do the following:
  1. Startup your Mac.
  2. Hold down the Shift key immediately. It should be pressed down before you hear the startup tone.
  3. Continue depressing the Shift key until you see the familiar gray loading screen.

That's all to it. When you see the Login Screen, you should see the word Safe Mode in red. Please be reminded that Safe mode is used for troubleshooting. Some Mac features do not work in Safe mode. Usually, this is used to un-install the offending program, or re-configure some system settings.

Note that going into Safe mode might take some time as it also forces a directory check of the startup volume. More information can be found at the Apple site here.


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