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    need help booting from dvd drive
    I have forgotten my admin password and am trying to boot from the Mac OS X Install DVD that came w\my Imac. I select restart from the apple menu and when the gray screen comes up I press the c key, however, when the imac comes up it booting from the hard drive instead of the dvd drive. It does have a window for the install drive open, but it is my understanding that if it was booting from the install disk the first thing i would need to do is select my language. So my question is, when am I supposed to press the c key to get it to boot from the dvd drive and not the hard drive? I know this is a very basic question i just can't seem to get the timing right.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trave1guy View Post
    I have forgotten my admin password and am trying to boot from the Mac OS X Install DVD that came w\my Imac. I select restart from the apple menu and when the gray screen comes up I press the c key, however, when the imac comes up it booting from the hard drive instead of the dvd drive. It does have a window for the install drive open, but it is my understanding that if it was booting from the install disk the first thing i would need to do is select my language. So my question is, when am I supposed to press the c key to get it to boot from the dvd drive and not the hard drive? I know this is a very basic question i just can't seem to get the timing right.

    Thank you.
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    Thank you, my timing must be bad, as i could not get that to work. I ended up from the apple menu choosing preferences and boot from the dvd. Changed the password and then changed my preference back to the hd.

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