rEFIt compatible with the new iMacs?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nizuri, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. nizuri macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2009
    Hey there.

    Has anyone tried to use rEFIt with the new iMacs? I always preferred it to the "hold alt at startup" method but I'm not quite sure, whether it would work.

    The version is still 0.13 (march 09) and I'd use the bluetooth keyboard, which might be a problem.

    I'd appreciate it, if anyone already tried it and would like to share what they found out.
  2. nizuri thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2009
    Ok, nobody tried it, does anybody have an idea if they changed anything (EFI, etc...) that might make it not work? I'd hate to install all the stuff of the past few days again in case I can't boot my mac or something. :(
  3. knewsom macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2005
    What's so hard about holding down the "option" key when you boot? Even a bluetooth keyboard should allow this, I think.
  4. Racerdog55 macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Lumberton, Tx.
    I've tried it and it did not work I also like using the program.
  5. tsugaru macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2003
    refit works on my i7 iMac.

    You may need to shutdown and power back up before it starts working.

    To confirm:

    open terminal

    cd /efi
    cd /refit
    sudo ./
    (enter your password)

    This forces the boot loader to load refit before bootx.
  6. nizuri thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2009
    Ok, thanks for all the posts! I've tried it and it works just fine. Even with bluetooth.
    First I installed it on a USB stick and it worked, so I installed it on my Macintosh HD and that worked just fine too.

    As tsugaru already said you have to restart into MacOSX (press alt during startup in case it starts Windows).
    I didn't even have to force it using refit, just used the regular installer.


    It's not only about pressing the alt key (although I dislike the concept of standing there, pressing a button down and waiting for the boat loader to show up :)).

    In my opinion rEFIt looks much better, you can fully customize it just like lilo or grub, you get a shell before booting a OS (kind of), disk partitioning, diagnostics, etc.

    Thanks everybody!
  7. ScienceDoc macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Works fine with my i7 too. Although the windows boot from cd process "press space to boot from cd" does sometimes not detect any keyboard (bluetooth or usb).

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