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I have a Macbook Pro A1278 that my friend tried to dual boot Windows and OS X via bootcamp. Somehow it messed up the OS and his USB/keyboard functions do not work. He asked me to just try and wipe the HDD and install OS X El Capitan on it but I am having trouble.

First of all, when turning it it, I hear no chime and it stays on a White screen. 30 Seconds later, it goes to a black screen saying:
"No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key"

No keys on the keyboard work when I try pressing on any and any external keyboards or DVD drives have no power when plugged in.
I cannot get into System Recovery or reset the PRAM and etc using Option or Cmd-option-p-r. I used a Imac to install El Capitan on the HDD and verified it works throught the Imac.
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Press and hold option as soon as you hear the chime. Keep holding and you will see your stick. It is defaulting to Windows.
You should just be able to select your Machintosh hd and boot from that instead of doing a reinstall. Afterward just run boot camp assistant and remove the Windows partition and redo it.

To me it sounds like you have a bad keyboard though. Have you tried both the option keys? Try the left one the. The right one. If not, grab any keyboard and press the option key. On Windows keyboards it would be the alt key. Should work. If that doesn't work, the. You could have an issue with the board in the system.
Edited by Lord Xeb - 1/14/16 at 4:13pm
 
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post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

Press and hold option as soon as you hear the chime. Keep holding and you will see your stick. It is defaulting to Windows.
You should just be able to select your Machintosh hd and boot from that instead of doing a reinstall. Afterward just run boot camp assistant and remove the Windows partition and redo it.

You are right it is stuck in Windows mode. I am installing Windows 7 right now through boot camp and will go through it again and uninstall the Windows partition. After that, I hope the keyboard and USBs will work again.
Edited by Midnite8 - 1/14/16 at 5:39pm
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That is odd that you cannot get into the mac side. :/ Hopefully you didn't blow away your mac side completely.
 
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I finished installing Windows and removed it through bootcamp. But my keys on the macbook still do not work even though they are backlit so I know that there is power going to them.
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A keyboard does not work either?
 
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External PC keyboard works but external Mac keyboard doesn't. I did some more research and this may be my problem.

http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/installed-windows-7-bootcamp-drivers-now-keyboard-doesnt-work.1509773/

Will re-install Windows 7 and follow those instructions to see if it fixes it.
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Even after installing Windows 7 and updating all the drivers with the appropriate version of Bootcamp, everything works except the keyboard and USB ports. Only one of the USB ports semiworks because I can plug in an external keyboard.
Edited by Midnite8 - 1/15/16 at 3:31pm
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Since you can use a usb keyboard, have you tried a PRAM reset using that? You don't need to use the built in keyboard to do it. Also do an SMC reset. To do an SMC reset, turn off the system, then press and hold the power button. Keep holding the button till the light on the front flashes rapidly and let go. The system may beep. Then try the keyboard. You might want to do the PRAM reset 2-3 times (just hold down command + option + P + R and system will restart over and over again). Do the same for the SMC. If that doesn't work then you need a new keyboard. Of which, you would need an entire top case. If you need to do that, you can go to PowerBook medic and in your serial number. Best. Site. Ever.

You could also try reseating the keyboard cable but you would have to take apart the system to do that. Also, be careful of the ZIF connector on the board, they are easy to break.

Also, is the Mac keyboard a Bluetooth one or is it wired?

One last thing, the keyboard works on both Mac and PC side or just the Mac side?
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I ended just giving up as I tried everything above. The keyboard I was using is a wired one, I used both a PC one and a MAC keyboard.
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