4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 4, 2010 6:34 PM by TeenTitan
George78 Level 1 Level 1
I have a question. Is it possible to start a Mac Pro without using the start button located on the machine ?..
On old iMac it was possible to start directly from the keyboard, we can't on a Mac Pro..
It's for someone who's tetraplegic and therefore cannot access to the startup button.
Thanks for your help.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Scott Billings Level 4 Level 4
    That's a feature I miss too, but it went away ages ago.

    Best thing I can suggest, is rigging up some kind of simple device that allows the person to turn the system on. It could be as simple as a stick suspended so that it can be pushed into the power button.
  • TeenTitan Level 4 Level 4
    Is there a reason the computer need to be turned off?

    You could set the computer to auto reboot after power failure. And Automatically powers up every day at x time. Instead of shutdown, use sleep, and reboot. The computer sleeps faster then it shutdown. It will wake faster then it takes to start up. The computer is just as quite asleep as it is shutdown. An added benefit of sleep is the computer can be woken up by network connectivity. For instance to use back to my mac to do screen sharing/control.

    For a hard shutdown (if the computer is frozen) you could put a power strip on the desk with power switch. Because the computer is set to power on after power failure, flip the switch off and then on will reboot the computer.

    The only way he would be able to turn off the computer and not turn it back on would be if he chose shutdown. you can hide the shutdown command.
  • George78 Level 1 Level 1
    Scott, thanks for your solution, but I would like to use the TeenTitan autoreboot after power failure..
    It sounds more easy..
    Teen, how do I manage that kind of auto reboot ?..
  • TeenTitan Level 4 Level 4
    Hi george, sorry for the delay.

    to set auto reboot after power failure. go to the menu bar, click on the apple menu. chose system preferences.When system preferences pops up, click on energy saver. Check automaticaly reboot after power failure.