Hotkeys available during boot?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Decrepit, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. Decrepit macrumors 65816

    Decrepit

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    Does anybody have a comprehensive list of the keys that you can press during a boot, and their function?

    My Mini just decided to start blinking the finder/? icon at me.

    I don't know if my boot drive just died, or the Mac did, etc.

    I was hoping there was a key that I could press to see what it sees for booting, etc.
     
  2. paleck macrumors 6502a

    paleck

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    http://face.centosprime.com/macosxw/?p=65

    Not sure how accurate that link is, but maybe it will get you started.
     
  3. Decrepit thread starter macrumors 65816

    Decrepit

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    Thanks! It turns out that I used words that I shouldn't have in my search strings.

    I looked for keys to use at boot. I should have searched for StartUp. D'oh!
     
  4. Decrepit thread starter macrumors 65816

    Decrepit

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    Fixed it!

    Ok, so my Mini wouldn't boot to the external HDD anymore. I was getting a blinking icon on boot that showed Finder and then a question mark.

    It turns out that my Mini forgot that it had an external HDD, and was trying to boot to the internal drive that has Time Machine on it.

    Booted to the Leopard OS install disk, ran disk utility to repair the disk, and then told it to boot to the external drive.

    And I'm back.

    My Mini loses power once every month or two. And that must have done it today. Power loss, and it forgot who it was. Wild.

    I'm typing all this so it will hopefully come up in a search for somebody else down the line.
     

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