Mac Mini 1.66 won't boot w/ combo keys using PC type USB keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by kilowattradio, May 26, 2009.

  1. kilowattradio macrumors regular


    May 11, 2009
    I have Mac Mini 1.66 Intel 2006 OS X 10.4.11 with CD-R and DVD Player that won't boot properly into single user mode using a IBM PC keyboard. I have tried the alt-s, windows key-s and control-s key combinations. from the mac keyboard hints sheet located on this web site.
    I have also tried to boot with key combinations from the mac mini manual with no success. I have also tried to simply insert the install CD/DVD for MAC OS X 10.4 that came with the computer and start the computer with various key combinations and the cd/dvd drive will not boot.

    What do I need to do to be able to accomplish these tasks with the PC/ Windows keyboard.

    Frustrated at the boot prompt!​
  2. cMacSW macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2006
    I believe that the right and left alt keys are different, the control and windows keys may be as well. So I'd try both right and left versions of each key.
  3. greedyhands macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2008
    the window key is actually command, so Alt and command are in different places on the keyboard. I would certainly try several different combinations, as I have experienced the same thing. I can't remember what exactly I did to get it o work, but it had to do with trial and error.

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