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I boot my mac mini, hold down alt on my non-mac keyboard, but it does not go to boot options.

How do I get to boot options with a non-mac keyboard then?

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Are you holding right or left "alt" key? It should work with left key.… – Pier Mar 30 '13 at 20:30
Left key. Nothing happens except it boots like normal in OS X. – trusktr Mar 30 '13 at 21:47
Hm, it should work though. Alternatively, you could use the rEFIt Boot menu – bluewoodtree Mar 30 '13 at 22:53
@bluewoodtree That's what I was thinking, then I tried rEFInd (the fork of rEFIt) and now my mini is stuck in a boot loop. :( – trusktr Mar 31 '13 at 3:47
@trusktr I saw your reply... but I didn't know you had to use a specific port. I'm glad you made it! – Pier Mar 31 '13 at 18:17
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Apparently, I had to plug the keyboard into the USB port closest to the middle (Mac Mini Late 2012), then it worked.

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After about an hour of frustration I found this. Awesome – iamkrillin Oct 17 '14 at 19:49

For iMac retina, I have to plug the windows keyboard to the outer usb port and then press alt key on the left side to boot into the boot menu and see things like bootable usb drive.

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