El Capitan has COMPLETELY BRICKED my machine.

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Xiaoluobo, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. Xiaoluobo macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2015
    Brand new 2015 Macbook Air 13 inch stock.

    Normal usage when downloading. Download finishes. Click install. Says will restart in 30 seconds. Screen goes blank 15 seconds early. Thought it was normal. Nothing happens. Wait 5 minutes. Nothing happens. Try to power on the machine. Nothing happens. Reset the SMC then try to power on. Nothing happens.

    It's dead. Anything else I can do?
  2. mariusignorello macrumors 68000

    Jun 9, 2013
    Reboot into recovery (CMD + R) and click Reinstall OS X.
  3. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2012

    Ignore what it says. Ours said 7 minutes but actually took over an hour to configure/install.
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    If pressing the power button doesn't turn to computer on, something else is wrong. OS X didn't break anything that wasn't already broken.

    Take it in to Apple and utilize your warranty.
  5. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    Can you boot into recovery?
  6. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    If you can boot into the machine, reinstall OS X and (maybe) try again. If you can't, then it's not El Cap's fault, it's probably your computer. Charge it, reset PRAM/SMC again, or maybe bring it to the AS if you can't do anything. When installing Mavericks, my hard drive sorta broke, while I blamed on Mavericks, it turned out to be just my hard drive that was dying. ;)
  7. RabidMacFan macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2012
  8. Xiaoluobo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2015
    Thanks for the help all. Strangest thing happened...around 30 mins after my first post, I hit the power button again on a whim, and lo and behold, it boots right up like nothing happened. I was even still in the install El Capitan screen. So I exited out of everything, deleted the downloaded image, restarted, redownloaded, then installed without a hitch.

    Very, very strange. I still don't know what happened.
  9. philipk, Oct 1, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015

    philipk macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    (Hate to say it, but you are probably right.

    My 2009 MacBook Pro was on its last legs. I suspected hard disk problem. Since it didn't work will anyways, I tried the update. Bricked machine. Disk utility shows no apps, videos, files, etc. Only other on hard drive.)

  10. philipk macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    Went into terminal and the date was wrong (2000). Set date and doing clean install. It appears to be updating.

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