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Chapter 1. Transforming Your Mac > Changing the Boot Panel

1.7. Changing the Boot Panel

TOOLS YOU NEED

For working through the examples in this section, you'll need the following application:

  • Finder

  • Safari (or any other web browser)

  • Terminal (/Applications/Utilities)

  • Photoshop, Illustrator, or FreeHand (if you want to design your own Boot Panel)


Whenever you start your Mac, a light gray screen greets you. This screen has a slightly darker gray Apple logo superimposed on it. As your system moves past the firmware check, an application called BootX kicks into action. BootX changes the gray Apple startup display to a blue background with a Mac OS X startup screen, which is known as the Boot Panel (shown in Figure 1-26).


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