Select Boot Volume Without Keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cgimusic, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. cgimusic macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    I am in a little bit of a bind here. I want to boot my Mac Mini from a DVD. Problem is that for some reason my USB keyboard wont work until my computer starts up so I can't hold down the option key. To make matters worse, selecting a start up volume in system preferences doesn't even work.

    Anyone got any idea how to force the boot volume menu to come up or do I have to buy a new keyboard?
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Are you still able to boot OS X normally? If you just put in the disc, open System Preferences, go to startup disc then select the OS X DVD and reboot. You should now be booted into the DVD.
  3. cgimusic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    Sadly no. This doesn't seem to work. The "Reboot" button on the system preferences pane doesn't do anything and after selecting the DVD and rebooting from the  Apple menu I am just booted in to OS X again.
  4. cgimusic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    Never mind guys. I bought a new keyboard today. Thanks for the suggestions.
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    If you have the same problem in the future, you can also select boot volumes by holding the Menu key on the Apple Remote during startup.
  6. cgimusic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    Cool. Thanks.
  7. pjmacl macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2003
    --- Post Merged, Jun 18, 2018 ---
    Thank you from many years after your post! You saved my Mac Mini that I use to run legacy apps that are incompatible the current Mac OS. I had accidentally remotely updated the Mac Mini to a later incompatible version of Mac OS, and it would no longer boot nor recognize the keyboard on start-up. Your tip worked perfectly, and I was able to restore from the System DVDs.

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