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I am having keyboard problems when trying to boot up an OS. (bootcamp on Mac Mini Server)

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 08:11 AM

I recently tried using bootcamp on my new Mac Mini Server.
I uploaded a windows ISO Image perfectly the way it asked, Windows 7, I followed the correct steps, equally divided one of the hard drives, and I was ready to actually set up the new Windows section of my computer. During this booting session, my dog came in the room with her ball and knocked the computer plug out of the socket. Now when I turn on the mac, the fan still works, the same Macintosh sound comes up, the screen turns that usual very bright gray, but it stays on that gray. After a minute or two, the screen turns black, with a blinking underline, as if it were confused to choose which operating system it has to boot.
My problem here is that I use a wireless keyboard (not by Apple) -- and I suppose that bluetooth syncronizes with the OS and not the computer system itself -- so my keyboard commands do not get recognized in order for me to navigate into Windows 7 or OS X Mountain Lion. I tried solving this problem by purchasing a brand-new USB keyboard (since Mac Mini Servers do not have the PS/2 entrance). I guess this new USB keyboard didn't work, I imagine, either because the USB slots on the machine are not recognized by the computer's internal system, only by the Operating Sysytems (which I hope isn't true), or that the mac had never used that USB Keyboard and wasn't going to be capable of using it until it had installed the necessary drivers, but without the OS running that would become impossible.
So my question is: Is there a way that I can connect a keyboard to the mac so I can continue installing my alternate Operating System? Is it maybe another problem all together?
Mac mini Server (Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3) [Adding Windows 7]
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Posted 11 May 2013 - 06:33 PM

View PostTheKevinDasilva, on 11 May 2013 - 08:11 AM, said:

I recently tried using bootcamp on my new Mac Mini Server.
I uploaded a windows ISO Image perfectly the way it asked, Windows 7, I followed the correct steps, equally divided one of the hard drives, and I was ready to actually set up the new Windows section of my computer. During this booting session, my dog came in the room with her ball and knocked the computer plug out of the socket. Now when I turn on the mac, the fan still works, the same Macintosh sound comes up, the screen turns that usual very bright gray, but it stays on that gray. After a minute or two, the screen turns black, with a blinking underline, as if it were confused to choose which operating system it has to boot.
My problem here is that I use a wireless keyboard (not by Apple) -- and I suppose that bluetooth syncronizes with the OS and not the computer system itself -- so my keyboard commands do not get recognized in order for me to navigate into Windows 7 or OS X Mountain Lion. I tried solving this problem by purchasing a brand-new USB keyboard (since Mac Mini Servers do not have the PS/2 entrance). I guess this new USB keyboard didn't work, I imagine, either because the USB slots on the machine are not recognized by the computer's internal system, only by the Operating Sysytems (which I hope isn't true), or that the mac had never used that USB Keyboard and wasn't going to be capable of using it until it had installed the necessary drivers, but without the OS running that would become impossible.
So my question is: Is there a way that I can connect a keyboard to the mac so I can continue installing my alternate Operating System? Is it maybe another problem all together?
Mac mini Server (Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3) [Adding Windows 7]


You should just be able to plug in the keyboard and it will work.

When you connected the USB keyboard, what specifically did you try with the keyboard? Did you try holding down the Option key while booting to see what boot disks you can choose from? Or try holding down the Command-R to start in Recovery mode? Or try booting to one of the other modes?

It sounds like either the drive and/or the OS got corrupted.
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Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:37 PM

View Postsmax013, on 11 May 2013 - 06:33 PM, said:


You should just be able to plug in the keyboard and it will work.

When you connected the USB keyboard, what specifically did you try with the keyboard? Did you try holding down the Option key while booting to see what boot disks you can choose from? Or try holding down the Command-R to start in Recovery mode? Or try booting to one of the other modes?

It sounds like either the drive and/or the OS got corrupted.


Thank you for responding, but, when I connect the new USB keyboard to the Mac Mini Server, no response would be given by the computer. Not only while pressing buttons, but even when I press the CAPS LOCK button, the little green light that should turn on on the keyboard does not light up. In other words, the computer isn't giving any energy back (I guess it isn't a problem in the keyboard, I tested it on my laptop and it worked just fine.)
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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:48 PM

View PostTheKevinDasilva, on 12 May 2013 - 02:37 PM, said:

View Postsmax013, on 11 May 2013 - 06:33 PM, said:


You should just be able to plug in the keyboard and it will work.

When you connected the USB keyboard, what specifically did you try with the keyboard? Did you try holding down the Option key while booting to see what boot disks you can choose from? Or try holding down the Command-R to start in Recovery mode? Or try booting to one of the other modes?

It sounds like either the drive and/or the OS got corrupted.


Thank you for responding, but, when I connect the new USB keyboard to the Mac Mini Server, no response would be given by the computer. Not only while pressing buttons, but even when I press the CAPS LOCK button, the little green light that should turn on on the keyboard does not light up. In other words, the computer isn't giving any energy back (I guess it isn't a problem in the keyboard, I tested it on my laptop and it worked just fine.)


If you are getting no response from the keyboard at all, then it maybe some damage was done to the motherboard.

Do you have an Apple Store near you? If so, you might want to make an appointment and take it there.
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