Apple supplies various alternate boot modes for OS X, but sometimes systems get stuck in them.
Normally when OS X boots you see gray and blue screens rather than the output of the system's load process. To see this process you need to manually invoke verbose mode.
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Booting in verbose mode to identify troubleshooting issues.
A new firmware update for the Mac Pro fixes USB connectivity and Power Nap issues.
Accessing the boot menu in OS X is a simple key press, though in some cases it requires specific timing in order to work.
If your system hangs when going into Safe Mode, or will not load into Safe Mode at all, there are a couple of things you can do to fix the situation.
Microsoft's brand-new Xbox One console is suffering from teething problems, with a disc drive fault widely reported on Amazon and YouTube.
We answer Mac-related questions about Flashback, network file permissions, Time Machine, and more.