Windows On Mac :: Holding Alt Option During Bootup Not Working

Jun 13, 2009

I have Vista/OSX installed on my 8-core Mac Pro (early 2008). When I'm attempting to switch OS by holding alt/option during the loadup, it's no longer detecting the keypress. I have the USB wired Apple keyboard fed through my 24in dell monitor and then connected to a USB spot on the back of my mac. I've noticed that when I plug the keyboard directly into the USB on the front of the Mac, the keypress is detected just fine. The weird part is that the way I have it set up now (with the keyboard connecting through the monitor) used to work without a problem to get to the OS load screen. I recently had to reinstall OSX because of a hard drive failure and ever since, it's not detecting. It's annoying to have to unplug/replug my keyboard, just to boot in windows.

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MacBook Pro :: Restarting While Holding Option Key Not Working

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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Windows On Mac :: Cannot Find Windows HD On Startup Holding Option?

Sep 9, 2009

I've used the bootcamp assistant to create a 200 GB partition for Windows. I installled windows 7 x64 on this partition, everything is going well so far. I'm able to press the option key after installation and run windows and perform some updates (note, I couldn't install the required software IN windows from the snow leopard disk, let's hope this is not the source of my problem).

Everything went well so I booted back to OSX and I noticed that I needed some more partitions, so I've split my Macintosh HD further into a Media and a School partition. I didn't touch the windows partition though.

After experiencing (before) with hackintosh computers I know that i have to rewrite the boot configuration of the harddrive. Because now I'm not seeing the Windows HD anymore while holding the option key at startup and therefore unable to boot into Windows anymore. Even parallels can't discover the Windows partition.

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.

What can I do? Do I have to repartition it again in an different order (bootcamp states that it can only create a Windows partition if there's only 1 partition in the harddrive, so it's logical to repartition the drive after bootcamp created the Windows HD or even after the installation of Windows itself). Perhaps I need to rewrite the boot config of the mac, which I don't have a clue about.

Being 64 bit windows is not an issue, because it worked at first (before repartitioning)

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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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Jun 19, 2010

So I bought a "new" PowerMac G4. I have two already.

The guy said it was running os 9 but now it wouldn't boot. I figured it needed an OS and the guy was wrong. I try to boot it up...

flashing ? folder

So I go thru all hell trying to install os x and what not.

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...

When I startup the PM and hold Option, nothing happens with either HD installed!!! No boot menu comes up.

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

Why is this?

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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May 5, 2009

I cannot "see" my Windows partition from the preferences pane in bootcamp (osx) (where I would go to set Windows as a boot partition). The only way I can make Windows to start is by using the Option key at boot.

Strange this is, the partition is visible on my Osx desktop (mounted), I can browse the files etc... but Bootcamp somehow thinks it's gone.

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Windows On Mac :: Alt Option To Choose OS Stopped Working

May 17, 2010

I installed windows on my early 2010 MBP, and it's been working perfectly so far, but today when I woke up and had to use windows, nothing seems to happen when I hold down (either) ALT when booting I filmed this with my phone [URL] to help you see what my problem is. I press the power button, it makes that boot sound while I hold ALT down. Then it just shows the mouse without the two harddiscs. I'm completely new to mac, so I don't know if I can fix this easily, or I have to re-install windows (7). Or if it can be fixed with the OS X dvd that came with the MacBook Pro. If specs is needed, this is what I'm running:

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Feb 21, 2010

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Aug 21, 2009

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May 12, 2010

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Aug 21, 2010

I have a problem with my installation of win 7 in bootcamp. Its on newest iMac 2.93 w. 4 gb of ram

Creating partition, formatting in win 7, installing goes fine. And everything looks to be in order.

When windows install is rebooting final time, its kinda hard to get dvd out so it wont boot from that. Normally it should just continue if no button is pressed, but it locks and doesnt go further.

I reboot holding left mouse btn and cdrom comes out. I then choose to boot from windows disk.

Heres the problem then again, its just black screen, except from one blinking cursor in top left corner.

Kinda feels like windows partition cant be booted from. though theres plenty of HDD activity in about 20 secs after black screen w blinking cursor.

Tried apples solution w graphics drivers on usb stick, but no go.

Tried both win 7 32 and 64 bit.

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Jan 14, 2010

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Oct 3, 2010

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