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zapping the PRAM

5-setting the computers PRAM to defaults / "zapping the PRAM"

when you do this (almost) finger-breaking exercise, two things will be different afterwards: some of the (possibly very lame) settings in your computer?s pram will be reset to defaults and people watching you will believe that you belong to some kind of magician putting your hands on the keyboard in an ancient healing ritual.
right after having pressed the power-on key, press the key combination alt-apple-p-r and keep it pressed until you heard the starting sound for 5 times, then release and watch the system start with a mild grin on your face.

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