Cannot get OS X to reinstall on iMac

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by babblinbrunett, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. babblinbrunett macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2017
    I am trying to reinstall OS X on a 2009 erased iMac. When trying to input the apple ID and password to reinstall, I get the "try again later" message since that apple ID was not the original one to install the software. I have tried downloading software (Sierra since El Capitan was not available in the app store) under that apple ID but it didn't make a difference.

    I have tried 1000 times to get the Internet Recovery option to work in order to reinstall OS X on my iMac and it does not work. The only thing I can think of is that the wireless keyboard isn't connecting until after I need to press ctrl opt R. I have also attempted to use Disk Maker but it came back with an error.

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. I sold this iMac to a friend and now I'm trying to get it up and running for her. I didn't want to sell it to begin with so this band-aid is coming off slowly...

  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I don't think "internet recovery" works on Macs before the 2010 models at the earliest.

    My opinion only follows.

    If you don't already have a copy of the El Capitan installer, you're probably going to have to download it from a source other than Apple. They make it very difficult to obtain older versions of their software.

    I have no problems downloading from such "sources".
    Others here do.
    Whether you wish to do so, is up to you.

    IF you already have a copy of the El Capitan installer, your best bet is to use a USB flash drive of 16gb or larger to create a bootable version of the installer on the flash drive.

    To do this, you can use:
    - DiskMaker X
    - Install Disk Creator
    - The Terminal

    Then boot the Mac from the USB flash drive and install that way.

    If none of the above is an option, you can go on ebay and buy a flash drive with the El Cap installer already installed and "ready to go".
  3. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    If by chance you ever purchased El Capitan in the past, there is a good chance it will be be listed under the "Purchased" tab in the App Store.
  4. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
  5. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    For what it's worth, that was my problem when trying to do internet recovery on a Mac mini. Connecting a wired keyboard it worked fine, so if you can find one to it's worth a try.

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