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A. Command Key Combinations > A.3. Commands for Mac OS X only

Commands for Mac OS X only

Safe boot:

shift key while booting,10.1.3 and later, only loads essential extensions at boot and disables login (startup) items; try this if you just installed a new extension or driver and get a kernel panic

Verbose Startup Mode:

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-v (shows what’s going on during startup)

Single User Startup Mode:

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-s (brings you to Unix style text prompt)

For many more keyboard shortcuts, check out Dave Polaschek’s “Magical Macintosh Key Sequences” page at http://davespicks.com/writing/programming/mackeys.html.


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