Given computer yosemite

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Cartridge, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Cartridge macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to Mac, a pro at Linux and windows so I'm familiar. So this person
    At work told me this computer is garbage and if you get to fix it you can keep it. Only to find out its the charger cable only that is shorting out. She told me its from someone who worked at bell and she wanted me to destroy all of its contents. I did so before her eyes by going into the bios and erased it from there not knowing it would remove the os aswell. Now I've been left and right looking for a solution because the Yosemite online installer is not working anymore and I don't know what to do. How do I reinstall a Mac os? She don't own the CD neither do I. What do I do?
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    "BIOS" Is an incorrect term to use for what you did. You cannot "enter the BIOS". Macs with Intel chips use en EFI. Macs with PowerPC chips use OpenFirmware if I remember correctly.

    What you did, was probably to go into recovery mode, and erase through disk utility - and since you wiped the drive, of course you'd also wipe the OS.

    Why exactly isn't internet recovery working for you? What error message are you getting?

    Do you have access to another Mac that you can use to download a copy of Mac OS to put on a USB flash drive?
     
  3. Cartridge thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No one I know uses Mac and neither did I. The error says An error occurred while preparing the installation. Try running this application again.

    Over and over even if I'm connected.

    So no I don't have access to a Mac.

    :(
     
  4. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Does it say that immediately as you try and boot into internet recovery? What type of wi-fi are you connected to? Internet Recovery has been known to dislike certain types of setups.

    Just so we're clear - you are using internet recovery right? (cmd+alt+r whilst booting)
     
  5. Cartridge thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I am. Should I be using Ethernet rather than wpa2 WiFi? A1181 model number
     
  6. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    If ethernet is an option, yes, try that. Though WPA2 usually shouldn't give any issues, unless the connection is a bit unstable.

    Can't hurt to try though.

    If it fails too, report back and I might be able to help you out in a different way
     
  7. Cartridge thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Same error with ethernet
    Forgot to mention this is a a1181 model
    [​IMG]
     
  8. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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  9. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    The early MacBooks are all A1181 models, 8 different released models from 2006 until the mid-2009
    None of those will work with Internet Recovery - too old.

    The near-ten year old DVD drive may not work well enough to install from a DVD - and the best suggestion would be to make a bootable USB drive from the downloadable Yosemite installer - a USB flash drive is ideal for that.
     

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