Do I need a USB keyboard to reinstall OSX?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by richardmu, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. richardmu macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    If I want to do an erase and reinstall OSX on my two mac minis, newish intel and much older G4, do I need a wired keyboard? Both currently work with bluetooth devices.

    I have a spare USB mouse in a drawer somewhere but not a keyboard.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    You shouldn't. Try with the Bluetooth one, if you can boot from the disc, you don't need wired
     
  3. richardmu thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks.

    However, I seem to remember that when I last did this with the G4 mini after the file load the initial setup process asks a number of questions in order to register the device with Apple and won't let you continue unless you fill them in. Name and address etc.

    I previously used a USB keyboard from my old iMac but I sold that a week or so ago.

    I have now sold the G4 and need to clean it down and reinstall.
     
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    It should work fine as long as the G4 Mini has Bluetooth. Try it now before reinstalling. If it works, it should work when reinstalling
     
  5. richardmu thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Many thanks for your help. I will do as you suggest.
     

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