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Not really a hint - but this Knowledge Base article lists the start-up keys of Intel Macs. Could be useful ... if only I had one!

[robg adds: This list looks identical (as of now) with that of the PowerPC-based Macs, except for the removal of the Open Firmware booting instructions. Perhaps it will be udpated in the future with additional keys, such as a way to reach the Extensible Firmware Interface (Wikipedia entry)?]
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startup key combinations I want to see
Authored by: mccallister on Jan 30, '06 07:29:36PM

As a mac tech supporting over 400 Macs, here's two startup combinations I would like to see.

Apple W (wait). I frequently have to boot up Macs from diagnostic, OS, or utility CDs. So I fire it up, hold down the mouse button, wait for the CD tray to eject and insert the CD. By that time it's already started to boot from the HD so I have to kill power and restart using the C key. An Apple W would cause it to eject the CD tray, and wait until it's detected a bootable CD/DVD and then boot from it.

Apple F (firewire). I frequently have to boot from a firewire drive that has OSX installed on it. Holding down the option key takes FOREVER for it to discover all bootable devices. Let me do an Apple F and boot from the first bootable firewire device it finds (or present a menu of all bootable firewire devices it finds).

Those two ideas are not earth shattering improvements, but it would makes Apple tech's jobs easier.



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startup key combinations I want to see
Authored by: ever on Jan 31, '06 09:49:12AM

Killing power during boot doesn't seem like such a good idea. Most tray-loading macs I've seen can be safely ejected with the power off by pushing the end of a bent paper clip into the tiny hole designated for that purpose. You can also use Open Firmware to eject the CD and do a bunch of other stuff without booting the computer. You'll have to look elsewhere (eg Apple Support) for more info on that.



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startup key combinations I want to see
Authored by: jervidalo on Jan 31, '06 10:08:05AM

Actually, I think the first one could be solved by letting the "C" key work as a wait-command as well. If no bootable CD/DVD is detected, then eject and wait for it.



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startup key combinations I want to see
Authored by: jaknudsen on Feb 01, '06 03:00:12PM

What about starting up when holding down the alt key? Isn't it possible to release the tray in the "choose startup disk" screen?



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startup key combinations I want to see
Authored by: jaknudsen on Feb 01, '06 03:01:50PM

Sorry, didn't read your post well enough.



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startup key combinations I want to see
Authored by: cybergoober on Feb 05, '06 10:15:30AM

mccallister - In situations such as your first where you need to boot a shut down Mac from a CD, I usually boot into Open Firmware (command-option-o-f) then type "eject cd" to eject the CD tray, insert the CD then type "eject cd" again to close the cd tray. I then type "mac-boot" to start the boot process and hold down the "c" key. Not as elegant as a "wait" boot command, but certainly better than killing power mid-boot.

jaknudsen - I believe there is a way to eject the CD tray from the Open Firmware System Picker screen, but I can't for the life of me remember what it is. I want to say it's command-period, but I could be mistaken.



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