I got a free mid-2006 iMac from a friend, and while it boots to the login screen, all the user accounts are password-protected, so I've decided to try reinstalling Mac OS X Leopard.
I created a bootable USB drive and confirmed that it works on another Mac, but I can't access the boot menu by holding Option on startup. I've tried holding option before the chime, during the chime, and immediately after the chime but to no avail, as I ultimately still end up at the login screen.
I read that one fix to this is resetting the PRAM/NVRAM by holding Command-Option-P-R right after pressing the power button but before the gray screen, but this does not seem to be doing anything as I end up at the login screen and stay there rather than rebooting.
How do I force it to boot from a USB drive?