After an upgrade to high sierra, my 2013 mac pro experienced intermittent freezes that required hard restarts to resolve. On every restart I get a black screen with a progress bar, and there is an empty progress bar under the launch pad in the dock (see images).
okay, so something is messed up and after trying to fix it for a while I figured a full OS reinstall was in order. However, when I try to restart into recovery mode using either command-r or option key during start-up, the restart procedure continues as if I hadn't pressed the keys. I can successfully trigger a pram flush using command-pr on start-up, so it doesn't appear to be a keyboard issue at first glance. I've disconnected everything from the computer except the monitor, keyboard, mouse and ethernet.
diskutil confirms that I have a recovery partition:
$ diskutil list /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk0 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_APFS Container disk1 1.0 TB disk0s2 /dev/disk1 (synthesized): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: APFS Container Scheme - +1.0 TB disk1 Physical Store disk0s2 1: APFS Volume Macintosh HD 646.0 GB disk1s1 2: APFS Volume Preboot 31.0 MB disk1s2 3: APFS Volume Recovery 506.6 MB disk1s3 4: APFS Volume VM 2.1 GB disk1s4 /dev/disk2 (disk image): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme +3.0 TB disk2 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk2s1 2: Apple_HFS Time Machine Backups 3.0 TB disk2s2
Is there any other way to get to recovery?