MacBook Pro :: Won't Boot Without Holding Down The Option Key

Dec 13, 2009

Alright I was going to load Windows on a partition thru Boot Camp. However I decided not to and then used the Boot Camp assistant to remove the Windows partition.

Ever since I got rid of the Windows partition, I've have to hold the OPTION key just to get my MBP to boot even though there is NO other operating system installed on the old partition. If I don't hold the OPTION key it won't boot, it just goes to a black screen.

I'm new to mac's and don't know what to do.


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Oct 21, 2010

I had this issue a while ago but it never came to this. I have bootcamp and want to change OS, so I restart while holding option key and here are 2 outcomes

1. The screen stays grey and mac is just standing like this, I waited for 5 minutes but no options came out.

2. If I hold option immediately while Mac is restarting screen stays black and sleep button is lid up all the time, nothing happens.

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I've tried the usual: zap PRAM, permissions etc. I do have Apple care for another few months but cannot afford the time without my computer at this point.

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Jun 19, 2010

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flashing ? folder

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It won't boot to the install CD. I finally got it to boot from my other Powermac's HD with OS X on it, but I can't seem to install OS X on this other HD, but that's not really what I'm asking here...

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Also when I hold down C, nothing happens at least nothing different. It doesn't boot to the CD.

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Sometimes it seems to boot to my HD OS X and sometimes it boots to the CD on it's own. I can't choose what I want it to boot to unless I start the OS X and select it from there.

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Both the iMac and the MacBook Air are running the same version of OS X (10.7.4). The difference is, I think, that the MacBook Air came with OS X Lion already installed whilst my iMac had Snow Leopard and was then upgraded to Lion via the App Store. Did Apple stop allowing the use of the alt key to produce special characters and I am just missing seeing that support document somewhere? Or is there a switch somewhere that I can go flick that will allow me to do the same on the MacBook Air?

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Is there a way to launch itunes from shell in a way that will give it the same instructions that it gets when you hold down the option key and open it from finder?

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Sometimes she can hold the key, and the special characters menu will pop up. Sometimes she will get the "old" repeating letter (eeeeeeeeeeeee). I tried to look at everything I could think of, but there seems to be no earthly reason why it does it sometimes but not all the time. 

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When I press any key on the keyboard, nothing happens. I know this copy works because I've tried this on VMWare 3. (I'm going to Boot Camp of BIOSHOCK!)

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I've tried repairing permissions, and nothing. I've tried to use the repair option on the Windows 7 disk which states it can't be done.

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