Can't reinstall OS X on 2008 MBP

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Fzang, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. Fzang macrumors 65816

    Fzang

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    #1
    First I tried upgrading to Yosemite. It hung during the installation, so I rebooted. Now it insists on continuing the installation, and is unable to boot into Snow Leopard that was installed before.

    The Cmd L log says something about disk permissions, but the Cmd R recovery is unable to repair them.

    SO,

    I made a bootable El Cap USB, which boots but DOESN'T give me any option to launch disk utilities. It goes directly to the OS install sequence... and also fails.

    So I can't repair the disk, can't wipe it, can't update it.

    What to do?
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

    CoastalOR

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    #2
    Boot from your 2008 MBP Install CD to "wipe" (format) it before a installing the OS.
     
  3. Fzang, Jan 19, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2017

    Fzang thread starter macrumors 65816

    Fzang

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    In the unfortunate case that I don't have said 8 year old CD still?

    Edit 1: Managed to wipe the disk with the disk utility, alongside the installer running. I don't even know why that's possible. Booting from USB now to see what's happened...

    Edit 2: It's actually doing something that resembles an install now! Hope it works.

    Edit 3: It works!
     

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