Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 7:27 AM (in response to Robinfromphoenix)
If you are using the Apple wireless Bluetooth keyboard that is the problem. It is not activating soon enough to access the BOOT options.
Connect a Wired USB keyboard to the system.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 7:45 AM (in response to Robinfromphoenix)
No I am not using a Bluetooth keyboard. I have been using this set up that I have which is a wired keyboard for a couple of years now without a problem. The problem only recently began.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 10:01 AM (in response to Robinfromphoenix)
And when you "Hold Down" (It'a not just a Press of the key) the Option key you don't get the boot menu screen?
If that is the case, when holding down the option key at boot, then your system is faulty. Could be the keyboard or the computer. For either you need to take it to Apple and have it looked at.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 4:50 PM (in response to Shootist007)
I was afraid of that. I know about holding down the key - I've been using bootcamp for a couple of years already. I was hoping that there was some diagnostic, or self-repair process Apple offers to fix these sorts of issues. I don't think it's the keyboard, because my 'big' problem started when I tried to use the 'reboot to windows' command from the startup options. That bypasses the keyboard and sent me to this blind alley I can't get out of.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 2:52 AM (in response to Robinfromphoenix)
The Startup Disk Options, in Sys Preferences, does not ByPass the Computers ability to use the Option or Command keys, plus modifier keys, when the system is booting. All those are Firmware options and totally independent of any OS options. That is exactly why those Boot Option key presses work, IE to bypass the system starting from the internal hard drive or to select a specific option from the internal disk.
If you tried a different keyboard and you still can't get the Option Key Boot Menu to come up then there is something wrong in the firmware.