Can't get Mac into recovery mode!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Dibla420, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Dibla420 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2013
    Hello there, im trying to wipe my imac as im looking to sell it, i see that you have to boot the mac into recovery mode but when im starting up and traying the command + r nothing is happening, ive tryed booting pressing the options key aswell but nothing, im using a windows keyboard but im sure this wont affect it.


    -Imac 24 Inch early 2008.

    -Processor 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    -Memory 4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    -Graphics ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256 MB

    -Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63)

    Any help asap would be great as i have a buyer for tommorow so need to get it wiped quick, thanks !
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Command-R doesn't work on your iMac. Try holding down the option key(alt key on a pc keyboard) during startup and see if you can select the Recovery Disk. If so you'll be able to erase the OS partition and re-install the OS.

    Otherwise you'll need to find the recovery media that came with your system and install form there.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Here is the problem... your machine did not come with Lion, so the only way to install Lion is with your AppleID you used to buy it, and the new owner will not have that. The best thing is to just get out the install DVDs that came with your system and option key boot to the DVD. Then use Disk Util to erase the drive and reinstall the original OS.
  4. Dibla420 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2013
    Right ill have ago tomorrow ill let you know how I get on cheers guys

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