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Chapter 21. Emergency Startup Measures > Starting from a CD-ROM

Starting from a CD-ROM

You may encounter situations so severe that Mac OS X Version 10.3 won’t boot at all from a hard disk. Or you may have forgotten the password for the system. If you encounter such a problem, you may need to start the system from the Mac OS X CD-ROM. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Insert the Install Disk 1 CD-ROM of the Mac OS X Version 10.3 software into the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. (If a window with the CD’s contents appears, you can ignore it and go on with Step 2.)

  2. Use the method of your choice to restart the system, pressing and holding the C key down as soon as you can. (If you use a keyboard combination to restart, press and hold the C key as soon as you release the key combination.) Holding the C key forces the system to boot from the CD-ROM.

  3. After you hear the CD-ROM spinning, you can release the C key. The system will continue restarting, and the Installer will reappear.

    NOTE

    Because most systems read data more slowly from a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, restarting from the CD-ROM will take longer than starting normally.

  4. At this point, you can take one of the following actions:


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