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enter os x utility using bt keyboard

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ibadran Calculating status...
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Jan 2, 2013 10:02 AM

I want to reset my mac mini (mid 2011)

I'm using bluetooth keyboard. as instructed I have to press Command+R

to enter recovery utility. But when restarting my mac BT keyboard goes to sleeeeeeeeeeeeep

so how could I reach my goal

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,615 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 10:05 AM (in response to ibadran)

    Have you tried using the Option/Alt key at startup to select the Recovery HD from the Startup Manager?

  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,615 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 10:14 AM (in response to ibadran)

    Sounds like your Recovery HD is missing or corrupt. Do you have a USB thumb drive or external drive with the Recovery HD on that you can boot to?

  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,615 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 11:34 AM (in response to ibadran)

    I only say it could be the Recovery HD as I've not heard of a BT KB going to sleep. I have an Apple Wireless KB (BT) that I use with my Mini, but it has never gone to sleep.


    Is there anyway to get into your current ML install then open Terminal and type the following at the command line.


    defaults write DUDebugMenuEnabled 1


    The above will add the Debug menu to Disk Utilites. From Debug, you can Show All Partitions so you can see if the hidden Recovery HD is still on your drive.

  • John Fenton Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 11:51 AM (in response to ibadran)

    The timing seems to be tricky getting into Recovery mode with an Apple Wireless Keyboard. If I press the key(s) too early (before the startup chime), it doesn't work. I have gotten it to work if I press the Option key or Command+R just as I hear the chime.


    But I usually just plug in a wired keyboard temporarily to avoid having to try more than once.


    There's always a chance that with an non-Apple Bluetooth keyboard, it might not work at all. You might *have* to use a wired keyboard.




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