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10.6.8. Hold down Cmd+S throughout the entire boot process. It always goes to the regular login screen and starts doing the "stop holding down buttons" chime. Why?

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This question should be marked as resolved. One way you could do this is post the solution yourself and mark it as the accepted answer. –  bneely Dec 9 '11 at 1:18
    
OK, but I can't accept my answer for another 2 days. –  Hugh Guiney Dec 9 '11 at 9:27
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Figured it out. I'd changed my keyboard layout to Dvorak which apparently isn't honored at boot, defaulting to QWERTY. I pressed Cmd+O (where the S would've been) and it worked.

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