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

    Dec 25, 2010
    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


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    System Preferences -> Start up disk -> Select the install disc and click reboot

    It should then boot from the install disc

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