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Immediate Help Needed With Mac PLEASE

by Hauzster / February 18, 2013 12:45 PM PST

Okay. Here is what happened. I tried to install Windows 7 on my Mac with Boot Camp. When it restarted, and went to setup, it couldn't find the install.

I read somewhere that when someone was installing Win7 on a laptop, they had to switch the USB ( I was using a USB drive ) to a 2.0 port. I tried to use to get USB 2.0 on my iMac.

About a few hours later, I couldn't use my USB drive on my Mac and figured it was because of that. I told myself to change it back to 3.0 later.

Today, when I turned on my Mac, both my Apple keyboard and Apple mouse wouldn't connect to the computer. I then tried to use a USB keyboard and USB mouse, but I figured that because of the USB 2.0 and 3.0 stuff, it wouldn't work.

Now, I'm going crazy. My mom thinks I got a virus because of downloading stuff, and it's nowhere near because of that. PLEASE help me I beg of you guys.

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you were using a USB drive to install
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 18, 2013 9:02 PM PST

Windows 7 on?

You almost certainly do not have a virus but you have certainly messed up something.

Try booting from the Recovery Drive and see if there is anything there that could help


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Some Info
by Hauzster / February 19, 2013 11:23 AM PST

Here is some information you should know first:
1. Windows 7 is NOT installed.
2. I do NOT want to install Windows 7 anymore.
3. No USB drives will work.
4. I can't choose where to boot from because no keyboards work.
5. I just want to use my Bluetooth Apple keyboard and Apple mouse to work again.

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Get yourself a wired keyboard,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 19, 2013 8:53 PM PST
In reply to: Some Info

any one will do, even a Windows one.
With the machine on, insert the OS X installation disc, if you have one, and restart the machine while holding down the Option key (Apple keyboard) or ALT key (Windows keyboard)

Try to recover any of the data that you have not backed up. You do backup???

Reinstall the OS.

If no discs, using the same keyboard, hold down the Option key while booting and choose the Recovery Partition.
Reinstall the system.


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Let's get things straight
by Hauzster / February 20, 2013 9:46 AM PST

I don't have an OS X installation disc. In fact, I don't even have a disc drive.

No. I don't backup. I don't have a spare hard drive, and my parents wouldn't buy one. My mom would just lecture me about why we don't need one (e.g., "If you didn't download stuff or do all these technology things, then we wouldn't need to backup!" <- This kind of talk annoys the f*ck out of me)

In my last post I said:
3. No USB drives will work.
That also includes wired/USB keyboards.

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Let's get things more straight
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 20, 2013 8:54 PM PST

Notwithstanding that your Mom holds the purse strings, and with all due respect to her, not backing up has nothing to do with "downloading stuff and doing technology things".
It's just plain common sense.

What type of laptop do you have that does not have an Optical Drive? Macbook Air perhaps. You never did share that information.


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by Hauzster / February 21, 2013 7:44 AM PST

Well, I don't think any of this will matter anymore, because my parents have brought in the iMac for repairs and I have no idea what the repair guys are going to do.

My mother just would not stop talking about stuff that I've done that could have broken the Mac, and I can't tell her why something isn't working because I don't know what isn't working for the repair guys. They can't use the USB ports? They can't use the Bluetooth keyboard/mouse? I don't know.

If possible, could you tell me how exactly a Mac user would get malware? Do they have to enter their password before they get the trojan/virus? Can a simple file such as a movie get you infected? I'd like to tell my mom that it is only because the USB ports won't work, but I don't know if the repair guys were trying to use a wired keyboard/mouse. Instead, I'll just have to tell her why it isn't what she thinks (e.g., games, movies, music, Java, torrents).

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Ah, you have an iMac, well you used to.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 21, 2013 7:53 AM PST
In reply to: *sigh*

The iMac was screwed by you, not by malware.

You went off and read "somewhere" about a problem that you did not even know you had.
So you "Fixed" the problem you didn't know you had and shut down the USB ports.

No Malware, just you installing something that you thought you actually needed.

There have been cases of "Movie" files carrying a virus but that was only on Windows machines. Of course, it is possible that you downloaded a virus when you were messing with Windows 7. You did have Anti-Virus software running on the Boot Camp/Windows 7 partition, I hope.

Games, OK
Movies, OK
Music, OK
Java, Bad
Torrents, incredibly bad.


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by Hauzster / February 21, 2013 9:02 AM PST

Are you trying to help me, or are you trying to insult me?

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I can't help you,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 21, 2013 11:47 AM PST
In reply to: Sooo...

you no longer have the machine.

I was merely pointing out that you cannot blame anyone for this problem, except yourself.


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It's over now
by Hauzster / February 21, 2013 2:20 PM PST
In reply to: I can't help you,

I'm done. This is the last time I'm posting in this entire forum.

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(NT) Bye
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 21, 2013 8:52 PM PST
In reply to: It's over now
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