The option key for start up menu doesnt work!??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by matan, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. matan macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2015
    I was helping friend install windows 8 on his mac and when i tried to go into the start up menu by hitting the option key it didnt work. I also have a mac and i use the option key all the time and it works. i also tried the other keys like S ,command r and none of them worked on his mac. He has an old Mac from 2008 but it runs well. my question is why are the start up keys not working and how can i get into the start up menu? Thank you very much
  2. dan1eln1el5en macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    hmm, should be alt.
    but perhaps if you installed windows without using bootcamp windows might overrule the startup keys ?
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    Did you verify those keys work once booted into OS X? It could be that grid of keys have failed.
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Alt/Option, same key. It used to have Option on it some time ago.
  5. matan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2015
    I didnt install the windows yet because i coudnt get to the start up menu. His keys on the keyboard all work fine. I mean is there another way to get to the start up menu?

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