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How to Fix a Bricked Mac Prohibitory Symbol White Screen of Death

The prohibitory symbol is a sign of trouble on a Mac running Mac OS X or macOS. It is similar to a Sad Mac icon and the Chimes of Death in classic Mac OS, which signifies that the Mac is unable to boot normally.


Mac OS X[]

In past versions of Mac OS X, the prohibitory sign appeared as a large gray circle with a diagonal line across the middle of it, on a lighter gray screen. Normal booting would display a gray Apple logo with a spinning animation of progress beneath it.

MacOS Catalina prohibitory symbol

A screen indicating halted startup of macOS Catalina.


In recent versions of macOS, the prohibitory symbol appears as a light gray symbol on a black screen. Normal booting would display a white Apple logo with a progress bar underneath.

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