Clean install giving me the "no action" icon when booting

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  1. STC1709 macrumors 6502

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    Need some help guys, i created a bootable sierra disk on my external hd, i restarted the computer and held down the option key, i then selected the sierra boot logo, the apple logo appears and sierra begins to load, when it finishes loading it gives me this no action icon thing, anyone know what the problem is? I have to turn it off then turn it back on again, to get back to my ssd. my mbp has mavericks installed on it right now. I'm attaching a picture to the thread. thanks in advance
     

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  2. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Is your computer compatible with Sierra?

    Does booting into Safe Mode or Single-User mode on the Sierra disk work? Is it visible from Mavericks?
     
  3. STC1709 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    its a mid 2012 mbp non retina 8gb ram 120ssd 2.5 i5

    haven't tried booting from safe mode
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    also when i go to system preferences and select startup disk the maces sierra isn't listed there either
     
  4. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Should be compatible. Try booting in Safe mode or Single User mode. It seems like the installation went wrong. If it' never worked, I just recommend retrying
     
  5. STC1709 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    tried booting in safe mode but when i do it just brings me to my desktop

    i used disk created to mount the image, no issues there, also erased the drive and tried doing it through terminal, created the disk no problem, but wont load on startup
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    What did you create as a bootable partition?
    Is it a Sierra installer?
    Or, Sierra installed as the boot system on a drive partition (so you can boot to that, and have access to apps, and files, etc.
    The "prohibited" symbol means that system cannot boot your Mac.
    Either it is not compatible with your Mac, or it is incorrectly created, or is simply corrupted.
    Your Sierra image may be corrupted. Where did you get it? Try downloading from the App Store again.
    If you think you have a good installer app, and you are using the terminal commands to create the bootable partition, maybe you are doing something wrong with the terminal commands to create the bootable installer (?)
    Again, if you think your download is good, use one of the dedicated apps that specialize in creating a bootablew installer, such as DiskMakerX. That absolutely works --- I have used it dozens of times, and probably 10 or 15 times to create Sierra bootable installers. You don't have to worry about typing terminal commands incorrectly with that.
     
  7. STC1709 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes i used disk creator bc diskmaker wouldn't work, and it was done on a fresh portioned external hd

    my mac is a 2012 mbp 8gb ram 120ssd

    i redownlaoded the sierra image from the mac store

    tried terminal commands after trying the applications to create the image


    just a note I'm currently in mavericks, could that be the reason why it won't work? Do i have to upgrade to sierra then do the fresh install with sierra?
     
  8. treekram macrumors 6502a

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    If you can go into terminal, type in "diskutil list external" and post the results, that may help (you can modify the disk name if you wish).

    If you have the "Install macOS Sierra.app", you can just run that from Mavericks and target the external disk. You don't have to create a bootable installer. I once had a problem similar to yours installing from a bootable USB installer to an external disk - the install seemingly went OK but the external disk wouldn't boot after the initial install going into the 2nd phase of the install. When I ran it from the regular OS to install on the external disk, it worked. I have no idea why this happened. Just be careful and make sure you're current with your backup.
     
  9. STC1709 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok will do that with the results
    i also want to always have a bootable copy as a backup before doing and wipes of anything

    also when i used disk maker after selecting all the criterias it says "the disk could not be created because of an error. an error occurred -10006"

    when i use disk creator or use terminal i dont have an issue
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    typed that into terminal and it said "could not find disk external"
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    very weird, i decided to try my flash drive and i used disk creator to mount the image and now it loads. I dont know what the problem is with external HD (its a a seagate one 500gb) first try with the flash drive bootable and no problem at all.
     
  10. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    DiskmakerX does have a fix for that -10006 error. It is a common one with that software, probably some kind of script issue. I usually try a second time with the same setup, it almost always works.

    But, I don't think that is really your issue, and treekram has a great alternative to just run the installer app, and update your existing system to Sierra. The firmware on your MBPro would likely be updated as part of the Sierra install, and might be part of your issue with the Sierra installer (although that should not cause your present issue with the prohibited symbol, and failure to boot. More likely still a problem with the boot partition on your external.

    Is your external one partition - or many? I use drives with up to 20 partitions, bootable on a single drive with anything from Tiger to High Sierra. The newer versions seem to not always reliably boot from the APM format that I try to use for those installers.
    Is your external formatted for APM, or for GUID (Mac OS Extended (Journaled))?
    Be sure that it is not FAT32 with MBR.

    That diskutil command won't find an external drive, unless you have it attached to your Mac, and available to mount (powered on) :D
     
  11. STC1709 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hahaha yea i think it was plugged in, almost sure of it actually lol

    well i figured it out, the external hd seems to have an issue with sierra for whatever reason

    i decided to use my 32gb flash drive and try that, it mounted the image fine using diskcreator then i restarted mac, held option and selected the flash drive, its installing as we speak on the mbp (typing from 09 iMac) so this leads me to believe theres something wrong with the external hard drive, it has mavericks bootable on there and that works fine and i store some files on it, maybe the new sierra can't be supported by an old external
     
  12. treekram macrumors 6502a

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    I see from the other thread that you got your issue resolved. I doubt there's a Sierra issue with your external drive - more likely some issue with the external drive (how it was partitioned/formatted or drive problem).
     

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