Does Internet Recovery Ask For WiFi Password?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by jlin615, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. jlin615 macrumors regular

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    I've just recently tried internet recovery for the first time on a empty hard drive. Is it normal that command+R just boots up the spinning globe screen with a loading bar and then 15 minutes later goes into the menu, without ever asking for my WiFi information? If so, how does it connect to the Apple server then?
     
  2. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    Internet Recovery doesn't know anything about your WiFi. It looks for an Internet connection. If it finds an open one, it continues. If it doesn't, it tells you.
     
  3. jlin615 thread starter macrumors regular

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    But I've checked the status of my airport extreme, internet recovery did manage to connect to the secured network without my password.
     
  4. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    Your Wifi password is stored in PRAM. If you reset your PRAM before you run internet recovery you'll be prompted for it.
     
  5. jlin615 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you! That makes sense now!
     
  6. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    Ditto. All my experiences were with new Macs, no password stored in PRAM.
     

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