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Hello to everyone - I'm new here and looking to solve a difficult problem. In short I botched my bootcamp by using Paragon disc manager in Windows, to copy the same partition to an external drive, when it prompted me for a restart to continue. What I got was a black screen with a flashing - hyphen and 5 dots below it.

I then tried the Paragon DVD to repair the Bootcamp boot partition and got the same screen upon reboot.

I then tried the mac installation disc and no keyboard command would work from the bluetooth keyboard on my new 27 inch iMac. It has new freshly charged batteries which I changed again and still nothing. It only worked when pressing C with the Paragon disc. I'm stuck and yes the mouse works because we had to use it to extract the disk. The eject command on the kb didn't work.

So I'm left with the black screen and a kb that works selectively. I don't get it. I can't break through to mac or windows. Please help.
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How about starting up using your OS X install DVD? (just don't "continue" the install)
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That's what I'm trying to do but it doesn't anything but go back to the black screen. Forget kb commands they're not working.
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Just for clarification, when you boot from the OSX disk (holding down the 'c' key) it doesn't come up to allow you do install or access disk utilities?

I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .
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Correct. Pressing the C worked with the Paragon cd. No commands work and it's barely two months since I got it. The keyboard seems to be dead
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Very strange!
Booting while holding down the 'c' key is supposed to force the system to look for a DvD/CD disk to boot from. The fact that using the 'c' key works with your Paragon disk (I am not at all familiar with Paragon BTW) makes me think it isn't neccessarily a Keyboard issue. Can you take it to an Apple store? Since, as you said, its only 2 months old you are obviously still under warranty.

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Looks like I might have to.
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Try Booting while holding down the Option Key.

If no luck, hold down ctrl key; but Option Key should work.

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That produced nothing yesterday but I'll try it again in about an hour when I can get back to it. Very frustrating.
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OK I just tried C,D, option and nothing worked. I was only able to use the mouse and the left click to extract the DVD. That's the only thing that worked so the keyboard looks like it's the problem. What do you think?
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Do you have access to a USB keyboard to try?

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No, are Mac keyboards USB driven? Then they might be sold in most computer stores. Or do I have to get it from Apple?
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No, are Mac keyboards USB driven? Then they might be sold in most computer stores. Or do I have to get it from Apple?
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - Apple Store (U.S.)

Just plugs in, but to test I think you could use any wired USB keyboard, will obviously be some unsupported or different keys.

EDIT: Best Buy should carry compatible wired keyboards

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OK I just called a nearby shop and they have a selection. I have to try this because I'm shut out of my iMac. I can't get over this it's still new and this happens. At least it responds to the mouse. Thanks for the tip. I'll let you know what happens.

Anyone know how to fix a bootcamp mbr or boot partition?
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OK I just called a nearby shop and they have a selection. I have to try this because I'm shut out of my iMac. I can't get over this it's still new and this happens. At least it responds to the mouse. Thanks for the tip. I'll let you know what happens.

Anyone know how to fix a bootcamp mbr or boot partition?
Once you can boot from the OSX disk you can use Disk Utility to repartition and reformat the drive.

I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .
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