Bought an iMac at a garage sale, problems with OS...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Amadore, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Amadore macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2009
    So I recently purchased an iMac at a garage sale. Got it for a great deal (2006 model, 50 bucks), and booted it up when I came home.

    Everything looked fine, but it boots to the "Mac OS X Utilities" screen. I see 4 options:

    Restore from time machine backup
    Reinstall Mac OS X
    Get help online
    Disk utility

    When I try to reinstall Mac OS X Lion, I am prompted to login to my App Store account. After I login, I am told "This Apple ID has not purchased lion". I hit ok and then...nothing.

    Is there any way around this? I'd be happy to buy a copy of lion, but I can't get to the app store. Is there anything I can do at this point? Apple store is 3 hours away...

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You have to get a hold of the original grey restore discs or a retail copy of Leopard or Snow Leopard.
  3. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    Why not go back to the person you bought your iMac from and get them to enter their password? Then you can download Lion and all will be well :D

    ... Or you could get a copy of Snow Leopard online (ie eBay) and clean install. This will probably be a better overall os for this machine.
  4. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    The 2006 is old but sounds like it has at least snow leopard if you can get to the App store.

    You can only download Lion if you bought Lion against your Apple ID.

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