Rebooting with no wired keyboard

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

  1. Soundhound macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.



    -howard
     
  5. Soundhound thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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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