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The Lifeless Mac

It's a rare Mac that, when you push the Power button, does nothing at all. At the very least, your Mac should blink an LED or two, make some kind of whirring noise, cause your monitor to light up (or make that “fizzy” sort of sound when the monitor first blinks on), or emit the kind of tone that makes you think, “Oh, dear, that sounds like trouble.”

At the risk of offending my readers this early in the book (I generally try to reserve that kind of thing until at least Chapter 8), I'd like to suggest that the most common cause of this behavior is operator error—you've neglected to do something that provides your Mac the life-giving essentials it needs to start up. These essentials include:


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