Trying to Boot from usb, can't get to command line

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by johnbono, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. johnbono macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2019
    I'm trying to upgrade my powermac G5s to leopard on USB(using this link, among others) and no matter what I do, I can't seem to get to the command line screen that you are supposed to reach instead of the gui. I'm not using an Apple keyboard, but an old/cheap Dell PC keyboard. The system is a 1.8 single cpu G5. Any ideas?
  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    See here.

  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Some generic PC/Windows keyboards will not pass on the proper keycodes for booting.
    Another windows keyboard might work, so ...
    Try a different keyboard (make sure that you have a wired USB keyboard!)
  4. johnbono thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2019
    Funny you should say that.... Here's what actually happened. First, I tried the generic Dell wired keyboard I got with my mac pro--Nothing, either on the mac pro or the g5. Then I tried the cheap gaming keyboard, first on the mac pro(nothing), and the g5(again, nada). Then, on a flyer, I tried my ancient, barely working Logitech WIRELESS keyboard....and it works! It doesn't work on the mac pro, but absolutely fine on the G5.

    Go figure.

    I was going to throw this keyboard out, I guess I'm keeping it now.

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