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Hot Keys at StartUp!
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Jan 9, 2002, 05:21 AM
If anyone knows of some key-combinations for mac startups/transfers/speed/nifty tricks please post theme here! or links to sites that do!

I only found out that holdng down 't' on one of two macs connected by firewire can be easily be mounted on the other machine.

Startup - Hold down Shift - extentions off
Sartup - Hold down Apple+Alt - Rebuild desktop etc..
Force Quit... etc
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Jan 9, 2002, 05:47 AM
option: launch startup manager
hold down mouse button: eject inserted CD
C: boot from inserted CD
command-option-P-R: zap contents of parameter memory
command: boot OS 9 without virtual memory
spacebar: open extensions manager before booting up

there are also other obscure ones, but i don't remember them.


[ 01-09-2002: Message edited by: rjenkinson ]
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Jan 11, 2002, 10:43 AM
command-x boots into OS X (regardless of which OS is selected in the startup disk control panel)
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Jan 11, 2002, 10:58 AM
Originally posted by rjenkinson:
hold down mouse button: eject inserted CD
oh - that had always been a complaint of mine since the original slot loading iMac that you couldn't eject a CD on startup...you learn a new thing every day

re cmd-X to boot into X, I think just X will do it no need for cmd key
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Jan 11, 2002, 07:50 PM
Not that useful, but here are a couple more:

command-option-shift-delete: ignores internal HD for startup
command-option-o-f: launches Open Firmware
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