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    hugtheslug's Avatar
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    Feb 19, 2008
    Kent, UK
    2013 MacBook Air i5 13" / 2014 MacBook Air i5 11" / iMac C2D 2.16 GHz 20" / iMac G5 1.6 GHz 17"
    Talking Novel way of selecting boot device on iMac
    Just thought I'd share this as it took me a while to work out what was happening - iMac 17" would sometimes boot fine and other times it would come up with the boot device selection screen.

    Eventually I worked out that this only happens when I have the light turned on.
    It's an energy saving bulb and i think somehow it's intefering with the Mac. Also the wireless network will take longer to come up.
    Changed the bulb back to an ordinary one and booting is normal.

    So, if i want to start the iMac normally i have the light off, if i want to choose my boot device I turn the light on first



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    cwa107's Avatar
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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    I'll bet it has something to do with the ballast in the bulb. We often see them emitting electromagnetic interference and causing issues with tube-based monitors here at work. That's funny though, thanks for sharing!
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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