2010 white macbook usb installer boot

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  1. suprxme macrumors newbie

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    Hi and a very pleasant day everyone. I have with me a white unibody 2010 Macbook (a1342). The device has no OSX installed and I would like to do a clean install as I have El Capitan installer on bootable usb thumb drive. The problem I am having is that Its not detecting the usb. Upon Holding the option key (alt) it only comes to a white screen with cursor. When I plug the usb into a later macbook such as; the aluminum macbook pro, the usb installer is detected and ready to clean install mac. Is there a way I can enable usb boot? or are there any third party software that can enable booting from usb?
     
  2. EugW macrumors 603

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    USB boot should work fine on a 2010 MacBook.

    However, I find some of the MacBooks are picky with USB drives, when used as boot drives. I ran into this problem with a 2008 MacBook. One USB drive didn't work, but the other did. Both drives work fine as data drives, but one didn't work as a boot drive. Try another USB drive, or else an external hard drive or SSD.
     
  3. suprxme thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi and thank you very much for your response! I have done so with two different usb thumb drives. Both of them have Mac OSX El Capitan. The white 2010 unibody macbook isn't detecting them for some reason I don't know. I really need it to work. Is there any third party software than will enable boot from usb thumb drive?
     
  4. EugW macrumors 603

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    There is no software, because booting from USB thumb drives is already supported.

    Have you tried Internet Recovery? I believe that model is supported. Hold down Command-Option-R at startup.
     
  5. suprxme thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks again once more for your response. Holding those down does nothing. It's stuck on a white screen.
     

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