I am having keyboard problems when trying to boot up an OS (bootcamp on Mac Mini Serv

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by TheKevinDasilva, May 11, 2013.

  1. TheKevinDasilva macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2013
    I recently tried using bootcamp on my new Mac Mini Server.
    I uploaded a windows ISO Image perfectly the way it asked, Windows 7, I followed the correct steps, euqally divided one of the hard drives, and I was ready to actually set up the new Windows section of my computer. During this booting session, my dog came in the room with her ball and knocked the computer plug out of the socket. Now when I turn on the mac, the fan still works, the same Macintosh sound comes up, the screen turns that usual very bright gray, but it stays on that gray. After a minute or two, the screen turns black, with a blinking underline, as if it were confused to choose which operating system it has to boot.
    My problem here is that I use a wireless keyboard (not by Apple) -- and I suppose that bluetooth syncronizes with the OS and not the computer system itself -- so my keyboard commands do not get recognized in order for me to navigate into Windows 7 or OS X Mountain Lion. I tried solving this problem by purchasing a brand-new USB keyboard (since Mac Mini Servers do not have the PS/2 entrance). I guess this new USB keyboard didn't work, I imagine, either because the USB slots on the machine are not recognized by the computer's internal system, only by the Operating Sysytems (which I hope isn't true), or that the mac had never used that USB Keyboard and wasn't going to be capable of using it until it had installed the necessary drivers, but without the OS running that would become impossible.
    So my question is: Is there a way that I can connect a keyboard to the mac so I can continue installing my alternate Operating System? Is it maybe another problem all together?
    Mac mini Server, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  2. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    Get an Apple keyboard (borrow or buy an old one on eBay) and try. Don't get up your hopes too much - I had something similar happen and it ended up with, yuk, a logic board replacement. Hopefully it is not the case in your situation. I was not impressed and very unhappy.
  3. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    I always use a USB wired (not wireless) keybaord (Mac or PC) as a failsafe when the bluetooth keyboard is playing up and it has always worked. It sounds like you have a seperate bigger issue where you may have to reinstall the OS from scratch and start again. It is hard to know if it is a bootcamp partitioning issue, OS script issue, bootcamp OS install issue etc etc.

    You could try booting into the recovery partition and running disk repair in the Disk Utility option. Or if you have a cloned OS X you could try booting into that seperate disk and run the dik util gui repair on your primary Mac drive from there.

    Also, if you can get into the recovery partition (Cmd + R) check the boot up disk. You can choose which disk to restart in. It may be set to the corrupt boot camp parition for the Windows install. Try setting it to Mac OSX and see if you can boot into OSX?

    I it might be easier to start again though if all of that is not possible. I hope you had a time machine (or SuperDuper, CCC) backup?

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