12849 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 3, 2008 2:55 PM by Tony Oresteen
Rishikesh, welcome to Apple Discussions.
A PC kbd may work if it is plugged directly into the USB port of the Mac. The CD that you are trying to boot to doesn't have the software for wireless.
There is another way to boot from a device other than the main hard drive which is selected as the startup disk. Depress/hold the following keys at startup: CommandOption+ShiftDelete
Thanks for the prompt reply. I really appreciate it. You're right, OS X does not recognize the wireless keyboard as apparently they are only loaded after OS X boots. I tried a little experiment with my MBP only to find that the wireless keyboard is only recognized after OS X boots completely. So it is unlikely that the boot ROM on the G3 would have the drivers to accommodate a wireless keyboard. The DVD probably doesn't even have the drivers anyway.
I'll try the CmdOption+ShiftDel combo with a proper apple usb keyboard and see if that works. I'm doubtful I'll be able to boot off the CD/DVD drive so I guess I'll have to use an external USB drive? It'll probably be slow but I guess that'll be the only way.
Thanks again for all your help!
The best option is to find an Apple Desktop Bus keyboard and some thrift store and use it. The next option is to disconnect power to the hard drive so it can not possibly try to boot up. Boot from the CD, allowing up to two minutes for the startup sequence to poll all devices and it will eventually get to the CD. Set the startup control panel to the CD, then reconnect power to the hard drive and boot again.