This video of Mac startup and crash chimes is weird, wacky, and wonderful

Apple Power Macintosh 6100 Capture
Apple Power Macintosh 6100 Capture (Image credit: Martin Noble)

What you need to know

  • Sometimes you don't know what you want until you see it.
  • You didn't know you wanted to see a video about Mac startup chimes, did you?
  • But you did. And you wanted to hear some crash chimes as well, right?

Last week I shared a video of every version of macOS being installed and I didn't expect creator Martin Nobel to be outdone. But he was. And it took just a few days for it to happen.

Turns out, he actually outdid himself.

Behold, a video showing every startup and crash chime you could ever want to hear from a Mac.

In 2014 I made a video depicting all the Mac Startup and Crash Chimes. Now with macOS Big Sur providing a brand new boot chime for the latest Macs, and learning some crash sounds that have never been addressed, here's a new updated video containing all Mac startup and crash chimes.

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how amazing all the sounds from a Power Macintosh 6100 must have been back in the day?


Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.