How to boot from DVD on startup?

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  1. iphonesrq macrumors 6502

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    I have a powerbook 1.5ghz....How do I set to boot from DVD on startup?

    thnaks
     
  2. NickM macrumors 6502

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    I could be wrong about this (I'm pretty new to Macs), but I think I read that if you hold 'C' while booting, it will boot from the CD/DVD drive.
     
  3. iphonesrq thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hmmm that didnt work...i also read to hold the option key, this didnt work either....btw i have leopard if it makes a diff
     
  4. WPB2 macrumors 6502a

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    You have to hold "option key" for a really long time. Sometimes several minutes.
     
  5. iphonesrq thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i did this.....but only a little picture of a hard drive comes up??

    it also has what looks like a "next" arrow & a "refresh" button... when I hit either it just goes straight to the desktop w/o loading from dvd?
     
  6. NickM macrumors 6502

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    I used Boot Camp to install XP to a separate partition, and in order to boot to it, I hold the Option key as soon as my screen turns that white/cream color (right after turning computer on) ...then I get the 2 pics of the hard drives (representing the 2 partitions), one labeled Mac OSX and one labeled Microsoft Windows XP. It usually only takes 5-10 seconds of holding the Option key for the boot menu to show.

    I just Googled your problem, and found again that you need to hold the 'C' key immediately after turning on the computer.
    The only problem I can think of is that the disc you have in the drive is not bootable.


    Check these two links for info that might help:
    http://www.jacsoft.co.nz/Tech_Notes/Mac_Keys.htm

    http://kb.iu.edu/data/ages.html
     

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