MP All Models Wipe Mac Pro with only Windows keyboard??

Gix1k

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How would I go about doing this? I’ve heard alt, windows shift and control + R and nothing takes me to disk utility. I have a wireless usb keyboard connected to it. Any help would be great. Thanks!
 

DeltaMac

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If you mean that your 'wireless usb' keyboard has a USB dongle, and not a bluetooth keyboard, then, yes, some just won't work, as the USB dongle isn't available until you get mostly booted - too late to accept the boot key shortcuts.

Find/borrow/buy a wired USB keyboard. Good to have one for an emergency spare.
 
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Gix1k

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If you mean that your 'wireless usb' keyboard has a USB dongle, and not a bluetooth keyboard, then, yes, some just won't work, as the USB dongle isn't available until you get mostly booted - too late to accept the boot key shortcuts.

Find/borrow/buy a wired USB keyboard. Good to have one for an emergency spare.
Thanks, that’s the issue...it’s not wired.
 

Soba

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Thanks, that’s the issue...it’s not wired.
Keyboard issue aside, can you be more specific about what you’re hoping to do?

FYI, this article lists all the possible recovery key combinations and what each of them does:


Note that if you have a MacPro from 2012 or earlier (that is, anything pre-cylinder style), Internet Recovery is not supported; you can only access the local recovery partition.
 

Gix1k

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I must have done this years ago and don’t remember. Am I screwed?



 

DeltaMac

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That's asking for a firmware password.
You will need to remember what you used for that !
There are easy methods to reset that password, if your Mac is old enough.
Which Mac are you asking about?
 

Gix1k

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That's asking for a firmware password.
You will need to remember what you used for that !
There are easy methods to reset that password, if your Mac is old enough.
Which Mac are you asking about?
Crap!! I sure hope there’s a way to reset it.

 

DeltaMac

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The "trick" is to take it to an Apple store/authorized service provider. Bring proof of ownership, and Apple can clear the firmware password.
 
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