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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 13, 2016
Hi All,

I have two second hand mid 2009 macbooks, both were running El Capitan when I received them. I've decided to sell one so erased the hard drive (nothing much on there) in disk utility.

On restart I can't reinstall El Capitan (presumably because I didn't buy it through my apple ID, or on this mac) I made a bootable USB with my other computer but that doesn't work either, it appears when I press option on start up but then just takes me back to language selection and recovery screen. I'd be happy just to take the thing back to the OS it shipped with but I can't seem to do that either, as internet recovery isn't a thing on this early a macbook.

Any ideas? I just want to get it sorted so I can sell it.
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