Can't install OS X A1181

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  1. Mounty_078 macrumors newbie

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    I'm having a really really really hard time with this thing. My friend just got it and I thought I would install everything for him since he doesn't know much about computers in general. I tried making boot usb, dvd on both Windows(Transmac and PowerISO) and Disk Utility on the laptop. But whatever I do I can't get it installed. It's an installation of Lion 10.7. Booting with option won't work (only recovery shows up), holding c won't work, inserting the usb after start up manager shows won't work.
    Please help me :s
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    What do you get when you hold command-r at boot? What OS version is it running now?
     
  3. Mounty_078 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    when using Terminal to see for information, this is what I got:

    System Version Mac OS X 10.7.2 (11C74)
    Kernel: Darwin 11.2.0
    Boot Volume: Mac OS X Base System
    Boot Mode: Booted from installation CD/DVD
    User Name: System Administrator (root)
    Secure Virtual Memory: Not Enabled
    64-bit kernel and extensions: no
    time since boot: 3 minutes

    Hope this helps

    Also nothing happens when holding command r, it just boots normally. This is the information from the terminal after booting with command r
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I'm confused. When not booted from the installer DVD, and just bopped normally, what OS X version is it on?
     
  5. Mounty_078 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh yeah right, the DVD was in at that moment. But after I restarted without any usb or dvd attached, the terminal still says 10.7.2 when I type in sw_vers -productVersion
     
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    When booted normally, go to Terminal and enter "diskutil list" (without the quotes) and tell me what it says.
     
  7. Mounty_078 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    this is what I got:

    /dev/disk0
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUID_partition_scheme *128.0 GB disk0
    1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS HD 127.2 GB disk0s2
    3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3
    /dev/disk1
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: Apple_partition_scheme *1.4 GB disk1
    1: Apple_partition_map 30.7 KB disk1s1
    2: Apple_Driver_ATAPI 2.0 KB disk1s2
    3: Apple_HFS Mac OS X Base System 1.4 GB disk1s3
    /dev/disk2
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *524.3 KB disk2
    /dev/disk3
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *524.3 KB disk3
    /dev/disk4
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *524.3 KB disk4
    /dev/disk5
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *524.3 KB disk5
    /dev/disk6
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *524.3 KB disk6
    /dev/disk7
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *6.3 MB disk7
    /dev/disk8
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *2.1 MB disk8
    /dev/disk9
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *1.0 MB disk9
    /dev/disk10
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *524.3 KB disk10
    /dev/disk11
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *524.3 KB disk11
    /dev/disk12
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: untitled *1.0 MB disk12
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Okay... you do have a recovery partition there and should be able to command-r boot to that and reinstall. What happens when you hold command-r at boot?
     
  9. Mounty_078 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well yeah I have a recovery partition otherwise how would I be able to use terminal? If I hold command r or not it's the same. It takes me to recovery to like reinstall os x lion but I can't do that because I don't have the password of the guy my friend purchased it from, that's why I used a dvd and usb but neither work
     
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    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202313

    I see now. Is the Mac on this ^^ list. If it is, you should be able to use Internet recoveryby holding command-option-r at boot to reinstall the Lion even without a password.

    http://www.apple.com/shop/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion

    If the Mac is not on that list, you will need to go to this ^^ link to but Lion. Apple will email you a code you can use in the App Store to purchase Lion under your friends AppleID. Then you will be able to reinstall Lion from recovery.
     
  11. Mounty_078 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    okay thank you
     

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