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Marc Morel
Lion booting to Mac OS X Utilities
on Jul 16, 2012 at 12:56:58 pm

Good morning all,

Fresh, clean install of Lion; when I boot up, I get Mac OS X Utilities instead of the OS/Desktop. If I close Utilities, I get the start up disk selection prompt, my Lion Start up disk is already highlighted, so I just reboot and everything is OK, the machine reboots to the desktop. Any idea how I could have it boot directly to the desktop without having to go through this extra Mac OS X Utilities step?

All info and insights are greatly appreciated,

Marc

Mac Pro 1,1
2 X Dual-Core 3GHz Xeon
32GB RAM
Lion 10.7.4
Radeon HD 5770



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John Davidson
Re: Lion booting to Mac OS X Utilities
on Jul 16, 2012 at 8:15:26 pm

When you got to system prefs/Startup Disk, is macintosh HD selected?

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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Marc Morel
Re: Lion booting to Mac OS X Utilities
on Jul 17, 2012 at 1:42:17 am

Hi,

I have 2 drives, one with OS X 10.6.8 where my other editing software resides and a second drive, with Lion, v. 10.7.4 and that one is definitely selected in the system preferences / start up disk.

Thanks,

Marc



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John Davidson
Re: Lion booting to Mac OS X Utilities
on Jul 17, 2012 at 6:41:13 pm

Try resetting your PRAM. It's kind of like shock therapy for your mac.

Read this:
From the Apple Support communities:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3957452?start=0&tstart=0

And from the Apple website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
Resetting PRAM and NVRAM
Shut down the computer.
Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
Turn on the computer.
Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.
Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the second time.
Release the keys.

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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Marc Morel
Re: Lion booting to Mac OS X Utilities
on Jul 18, 2012 at 2:51:09 pm

Hi,

Thanks for your suggestion. Zapped the PRAM, same result. Mac OS X Utilities at start up. I get to the desktop if I close the Utilities, select the already selected boot drive and reboot so it's more an annoyance than anything but I'd still like to get it resolved.
I'll keep looking.

Marc



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