Rebooting with no wired keyboard

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Soundhound, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Soundhound macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    How can restart with a keyboard key (or keys) held down, if you don't have a wired keyboard. I tried this last night and it wasnt working, and realized my wireless doesn't connect with the iMac until after it's already started up.

    Is there a way around this? :confused:
  2. BSoares macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2012
    Is your iMac stuck and you need to force a reboot? If that's the case just hold the power button on the back until it turns off, then hit it again to turn on.
  3. Soundhound thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    No I need to hold down a couple of keys on reboot to go into the new recovery mode in OSX. There are also other times you need to hold keys down (to boot up from a CD etc.) How do people do this without a wired keyboard?
  4. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    I have about a 50/50 chance of my wireless bluetooth keyboard being discovered/connected quick enough to catch the option-key boot disk selection on my Mac Pro. It does seem to improve if it is a total power-up boot rather than a reboot. I keep a wired keyboard handy for such occasions.

  5. Soundhound thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    Thanks, that sounds like a good idea. I'm going to bring one home from work today.

    I just googled this some more, and saw a few mentions of the fact that you need to wait for the startup chime sound before depressing any startup keys? Anybody have any experience with that?

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