Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup

    Member Since
    Dec 09, 2011
    Posts
    2
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup
    Hey Everyone,

    I've always looked through here but never needed to actually pose a question to the forums.

    Anyways I'll get straight to it. I'm using a 2006 imac which has leopard and is using Bootcamp. Everything is working fine on both sides of the computer BUT at startup, when the gray screen appears I hold the option key and it DOES NOT WORK.

    Let me be clear I am using a new mac keyboard, the aluminum one. I also have the one that came with the older imacs, the white raised key ones.

    So basically when I use the Aluminum keyboard I cannot press the option key to switch back and forth between Mac and PC, but when I plug in the older keyboard I am able to hold the option key down.

    Is there any way to get the aluminum one to actually work at startup? (The aluminum keyboard works fine in each OS btw)

    If anyone could help that would be great!

  2. #2
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup

    Member Since
    Aug 05, 2011
    Posts
    64
    Had same problem when i wanted to reinstall Snow Leopard, i ended up useing a USB keyboard.
    I think the problem is the new ketboard is bluetooth and the bluetooth drivers on the grey screen are not loaded.
    So if there is a soloution to this i would also like to know-

  3. #3
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,247
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    You can not use the new model Apple Aluminum keyboard with Leopard. The newer model keyboards will only work with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and Lion. The older model aluminum keyboard would have worked but Apple is no longer selling them. You may be able to find an older model aluminum keyboard on eBay.

    I have an older model which I'm using right now and it works with Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion. Why Apple changed the firmware is beyond me.

  4. #4
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup
    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    28,480
    Specs:
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    There are some Macs that do this with even the older Aluminum keyboards. Both my G4 Minis and my 2.16 C2D Intel Mini. I have to plug in my older Apple keyboard to use hold option at Startup. Lion and 10.6.8 are installed. The firmware in that machine does not recognize the keyboard at startup.

  5. #5
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup

    Member Since
    Dec 09, 2011
    Posts
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    There are some Macs that do this with even the older Aluminum keyboards. Both my G4 Minis and my 2.16 C2D Intel Mini. I have to plug in my older Apple keyboard to use hold option at Startup. Lion and 10.6.8 are installed. The firmware in that machine does not recognize the keyboard at startup.
    Wow, that is ridiculos, I really dont want to have to keep this keyboard, but I guess I have to...Just to start up my computer.

    Thanks alot everyone for the response, I will try to find an older model aluminum keyboard and see if that work and report back.

  6. #6
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup

    Member Since
    Aug 05, 2011
    Posts
    64
    Hi chscag

    Thanks for your reply, i have an imac 27 inch its a late 2009 model 3.06 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo and 12gb 1067 DDR3 ram running 10.6.8 Snow Leopard suplied with the Imac, also the wireless keyboard and mouse.

    I cant understand why the keyboard when i press the option key on startup grey screen, it does not activate the boot options, i have tried many times but no luck.

    This must be a fault, bug, on this system, as i said the Imac, Snow Leopard disc,s wireless keyboard and magic mouse all suplied as a set.

    If i use a USB keyboard then it is ok i can start the boot options.

    Is there a new apple wireless keyboard that will work with the option key?

  7. #7
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,247
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    I have a late model wireless keyboard in addition to an aluminum wired keyboard that I wrote about above, and it works on my 2011 iMac to give a startup choice using OPTION. However, it will not work with an older MacBook.

    It's probably a matter of which firmware is recognized by the particular machine. Now having said that, I would think the wireless keyboard that came shipped with your iMac should work to provide a startup boot choice from the OPTION key.

    There is a difference between the model wireless keyboard you have and the newer ones, but to be honest, I wouldn't spend the $69.99 to find out if the newer keyboard works.

    If you like using your wireless keyboard and need a startup selection menu in order to choose to say, boot to Windows, you might want to consider installing rEFIt. It's an EFI boot menu that works well. However, it can be a bit complex to get working right but it's free.

  8. #8
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    20,041
    Specs:
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    Using a Mac Pro, with the newer aluminium wireless keyboard, Option does nothing at all, need to use a wired keyboard and mouse. Think this is because the boot process actually starts before Bluetooth and thus does not get the signal.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  9. #9
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup
    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    28,480
    Specs:
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    On my 2007 iMac the Small BT Wireless Apple keyboard does work at startup with Option or Command+Option+P+R. Don't think it does with my 2006 mini though.

  10. #10
    Aluminum keyboard not working at startup

    Member Since
    Feb 14, 2012
    Posts
    2
    If you shut the Mac down completely and then boot up the keyboard drivers will have time to load and you should be able to use keyboard commands on startup.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Aluminum Keyboard
    By madinmex in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11-25-2011, 10:18 PM
  2. New aluminum keyboard
    By Lumcheesal in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-27-2011, 12:31 PM
  3. Some Macbook Pro keyboard keys not working at startup
    By saudade in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-28-2010, 05:13 PM
  4. 13" aluminum MBP keyboard not working
    By optshiftk in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-20-2009, 09:15 PM
  5. Help with Aluminum PB keyboard
    By SamR in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-15-2004, 12:09 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •