Boot to open firmware how?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by btcomm, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. btcomm macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    Isn't it apple option O and F while booting? I have a windows keyboard hooked up I held down windows alt O and F and it doesn't seem to want to boot to it. Should I hold down the buttons sooner?
  2. Mernak macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Kirkland, WA
    when did you hold them down? They should be held down before the startup sound, basically when you press the power button.
  3. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Wheaton/Normal, IL
    Yeah, on a Windows keyboard, it'll be Windows+Alt+O+F and it should be held down as soon as possible after pressing the power button.

  4. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    Does it matter if I'm using the left or the right windows key?

    Which key ejects a cd on a windows keyboard? I remeber it being an f something key.

    Geez, it does matter I held the other one and it booted into open firmware.

    I typed eject cd and pushed enter. It says eject cd disk-label: read of block0 failed can't open the eject device, what does that mean?

    Is there a way to phyically get the cd out of the slot loading drive in an imac g3? :)
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Usually you can reboot while holding the mouse button to force an eject.
  6. btcomm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    I already tried the mouse button and it didn't work.
  7. Lil Red macrumors newbie

    Lil Red

    Oct 23, 2006
    did you try the paper clip....that's my favorite eject button!

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