Helpr reinstall OS X onto Mac Mini

dx052

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I am a bit out of my comfort zone so please be gentle. I bought a Mac Mini which I believe had the latest OS on it when I purchased it. I am now giving the mini to somebody else and erased the whole hard drive (via disk utility), which is what I thought you had to do? When I boot up Mac mini to reinstall original OS X Mavericks it lets me go through the process then ask for my apple ID which i enter then it says "this item is temporalrily unavailable try again later. Now I am completely stuck and don't know what to do next. Haven't really found a real solution on the web.
 

Wahlstrm

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I am a bit out of my comfort zone so please be gentle. I bought a Mac Mini which I believe had the latest OS on it when I purchased it. I am now giving the mini to somebody else and erased the whole hard drive (via disk utility), which is what I thought you had to do? When I boot up Mac mini to reinstall original OS X Mavericks it lets me go through the process then ask for my apple ID which i enter then it says "this item is temporalrily unavailable try again later. Now I am completely stuck and don't know what to do next. Haven't really found a real solution on the web.
That´s how I use to do it as well, but never got that error message thou..

Since apple no longer make OS X available on disc you have to get a hold of another mac and get OS X from Appstore that way.
 

Bruno09

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OP is getting this message because he is trying to reinstall an OS that was bought (even if free) by another person (another Apple ID).

The process to reinitialize the Mini to factory OS depends on which model it is exactly (model identifier).
 

Nermal

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If you reboot and hold Cmd-Opt-R at the chime then it should install without requiring an Apple ID (but may not be the latest version). This should work as long as the system came with at least 10.7 (Lion).
 

durruti

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Reads like you are encountering the Recovery Partition. There's info. out there about re-installing Mac OS with a USB flash drive.
 

dx052

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I have a Mac Book Air and downloaded Yosemite to a USB stick but wasn't sure how to do an install with it on the Mini. Thought it maybe useful though.

Mac MINi 2.3/2X1GB/500/AP
 

Bruno09

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It would help if you let us know which model of Mini it is (model identifier/year).

From Mid 2011 models, (Mini 5,1 and 5,2), you can use Internet Recovery to reinstall the OS the Mac shipped with (no Apple ID needed).

See : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201314

NB : for Internet Recovery, use Cmd + Opt + r on chime.

You can also install from a USB installer if you wish.
 

dx052

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Is there anyway that I can stop it booting into OS X Utilities? as my options seem to be limited.
 

dx052

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Think I am getting warmer! when I boot up into recovery mode its asking for my wifi password but doesn't like it. Is there something in the wifi/router i need to look at?
 

Fishrrman

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"Think I am getting warmer! when I boot up into recovery mode its asking for my wifi password but doesn't like it. Is there something in the wifi/router i need to look at?"

If there is ANY way you can connect via Ethernet instead of trying wireless, I would recommend that you do that during the recovery & rebuild process.

It should eliminate "one whole level" of troubles, and make things go much easier.
 

grcar

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Make a reservation with the genius bar of your local Apple store (you must do this on line). Take your mac mini to them and ask them to check the hardware and to make a clean install of 10.10 or 10.9. This will give you a mac mini with a new out of box experience. There is no charge.
 
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