MacBook Pro :: Cannot Boot From Optical Drive By Pressing Keyboard Keys

Apr 30, 2012

I finally went from Leopard to Snow Leopard (SL) by doing a clean install.  But I found I was not able to boot from the install disk by the normal procedure -- restarting and pressing the Option or C keys.  Before the SL install, I had a volume structure problem on my HD and tried to use the Leopard install DVD to repair the drive.  I was unable to do that by using the normal boot up procedure.why I can't boot from the optiical drive by pressing the designated keyboard key(s)?

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Mac Pro :: DVD/CD Drive Not Ejecting / Pressing Eject Key On Keyboard

Sep 1, 2010

I continually press the eject key on keyboard, see the eject icon on screen, but drive never opens. What gives. I'm on a brand new Mac Pro, running 10.5.8, with following drive.


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Dec 5, 2009

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Mar 23, 2012

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I switch it on, hear the optical drive make a noise, then it just stops and doesnt boot. The white led is slightly lit, but very, very dimly.  

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May 22, 2012

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May 26, 2009

I have Mac Mini 1.66 Intel 2006 OS X 10.4.11 with CD-R and DVD Player that won't boot properly into single user mode using a IBM PC keyboard. I have tried the alt-s, windows key-s and control-s key combinations. from the mac keyboard hints sheet located on this web site.

I have also tried to boot with key combinations from the mac mini manual with no success. I have also tried to simply insert the install CD/DVD for MAC OS X 10.4 that came with the computer and start the computer with various key combinations and the cd/dvd drive will not boot.

What do I need to do to be able to accomplish these tasks with the PC/ Windows keyboard.

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Mar 17, 2010

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Mar 11, 2009

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May 18, 2012

Very often I need to search a single track in an album and then I start my browsing just from that point, using the arrow keys. i.e. I did like this: select the search filed, type the keywords, select the track, empty the search field, press twice the tab key (one to activate the left column, the second one to activate the tracklist), in order to activate the selection I made and, eventually, use the arrow keys to browse the collection. Since some time ago, once that I've done my search, when I press the tab key, it activate the left column and then the tracklist, but it do not unselect the search field and so, if I use the arrow keys, the menu of the search field appears and there's no way to leave unselected the field.

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Nov 21, 2010

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Apr 22, 2012

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Jul 14, 2010

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Jun 9, 2009

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Sep 4, 2010

I've read that Early 2008 model MacBook Pros can boot into the Hardware test while pressing the D key on the keyboard without the disc in the drive (or was it the F2 key). I've also read that lots of people succeed doing it. Why does my MBP not do that?

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Jan 14, 2011

I was trying to boot up from my Snow Leopard disc last night to run Disk Utility (to repair my hard drive). I pressed C while starting up but it took me right to my login screen. I did this several times, no luck. I'm using a 15" MBP btw.

I also tried the same thing on my sister's MacBook (using her own install disc) -- same thing, straight to login screen.

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Nov 1, 2009

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Jun 15, 2012

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Aug 2, 2010

So a few days ago I spilt tea on my MBP. When I opened it back up everything seemed to be in working condition, however a few of my keys were sticky. So, yesterday I took them off and started cleaning. That's when things went down hill.

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Mar 25, 2012

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