Cant choose which disk to boot from? Option key isnt working!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by tbch2325, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. tbch2325 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    Juist got a new MBP and installed windows. For some reason when i boot up the machine and hold the option key, nothing happens and it boots straight into OSX. The key seems to work fine inside OSx e.g. command+c etc

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    Command and Alt/Option are two separate keys. Are you sure you're holding the right one?

    On a US keyboard they are right next to each other. Command is used for things like Copy/Paste while Alt/Option is used for things like making accented characters Alt/Option-e e gives e with an acute accent.

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  3. tbch2325 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Doh! thought the option button was the command key, ill try ALT ;)
     
  4. smikey macrumors newbie

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    MacBook Air boot issue

    On my MB Air 13, I've tried both option keys when booting, and I don't get the option to boot up OS. In fact, when pressing the button, I can hear the machine start, but nothing happens. If I don't press the option button, windows does start up. Any feedback would be appreciated.
     
  5. alan111 macrumors regular

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    try the alt/option key. IF the one on the left side of the keyboard doesnt work, then try the key on the otherside of the keyboard.
     
  6. smikey macrumors newbie

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    both keys

    Hi, thanks, but I've tried both, neither are working. any other suggestions?
     
  7. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    Either go into startup disk and select the Windows partition every time you want to use it (which is a pain), or try rEFIt which is excellent.
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    http://www.apple.com/education/resources/bootpicker/ is another option if you don't want or need everything REFIt brings with it.

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