halp! macbook pro keyboard and trackpad won't work/ want to reformat

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tantanahfh, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. tantanahfh macrumors newbie

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    Dec 25, 2010
    #1
    hey there,
    so, my macbook pro's (late 2008) keyboard and trackpad stopped working about a month ago. i've been trying to get it working again, but to no avail. :/
    it initially stopped working when i updated my software. it got stuck on the startup screen after restarting from the install, so i had to hard shut down and restart. when i turned it back on my keyboard and trackpad didn't work. i restarted again and it worked. since then it's been going in and out and now it's finally stopped working all together.
    since i'm pretty sure it's a software issue i wanted to reformat my computer. problem is that i can't hold down the option key to boot it from my install disk!
    any ideas?

    ...oh, and i had to type all this from my usb mouse, and type each key on the keyboard viewer... my index finger hurts.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    Finland
    #2
    System Preferences -> Start up disk -> Select the install disc and click reboot

    It should then boot from the install disc
     

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