Huge Problems I can't restore my mac

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Samyaza, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. Samyaza macrumors newbie


    Sep 17, 2015
    Hello everybody. I ran into huge problems with my macbook pro today.
    I wanted to do a clean install of the OS (Yosemite) I started the computer into recovery mode, wiped out my partition and start a new fresh install. At one point I realized is taking too much and I thought internet is slow and I closed the computer. When I started the recovery option was gone and the Internet Recovery option showed up also the prompt to log in at my wireless routers.
    I waited and waited and then Error -2002f showed up. I made some research on the internet and nothing!
    I restarted a few times.. I tried the internet recovery the globe is spinning and spinning and after a while the same error -2002f is showing up. I tried everything. Different routers .. nothing.
    I currently have at my disposal USB sticks, Windows 10 pc.. and the internet. How can I restore my computer? Please I need to fix it as soon as possible. Tomorrow I need the MacBook pro ready for my work!
    I tried to make a bootable Mountain Lion DVD and tried to start from there, but a white screen with a round barred (like cancel) sign showed up and the MacBook is shooting down.
    Any ideas? How can I restore my computer? Is dead?
  2. Samyaza thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 17, 2015
    Right now I'm using TransMac to write an USB with Yosemite 10.10.2 (a dmg file I found on the internet) but the question is, how do I bring back Recovery? How to force the computer to boot from USB?
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    If the USB flash drive is bootable, it will appear when you:
    a. Reboot the computer, and
    b. Hold down the option key as soon as you hear the startup sound, and
    c. KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN until the startup manager appears.
    d. If you see the USB drive in the list of bootable icons, select it with the pointer and hit return.

    If it's bootable, the Mac should boot.
    Be forewarned that the boot will probably take longer than you're used to.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That error is normally caused by using an incompatible wifi setup.

    Look halfway down this page for a list of compatible wifi setups. You might try just turning off any wifi password setup temporarily to get this done.

    I don't think you are going to have much luck with Transmac and Yosemite form what I recall. It worked with older OS versions, but I don't believe it will work with Yosemite.
  5. Samyaza thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 17, 2015
    Hello everybody. I restored my macBook and I want to share my experience with some other people.
    First of all the error 2002f is because of an incorect setup but I really don't know what the problem was because I tried to change the security according to Apple documentation. I already had WPA2, but I tried everything possible, nada! Even now I don't really know what the problem was.
    I had two routers in my home, one is extending the other through cable, and an ADSL connection. No matter what setup I did never worked. I also want to inform you that I'm not a computer noob.
    The solution was to go to a friend of mine..where it worked.. and guess what the recovery loaded.
    I tried to restore Mountain Lion (the one original installed on my macBook) and guess what.. an error message appeared on the screen: cannot identify this machine please contact AppleCare..
    Ok.. I said.. Now I'm in deep problem because I live in a small town, the only service near by is 250km away and so on.
    I also want to inform you guys that making "bootable" usb's like I did using Transmac on Windows doesn't help!
    You'll never be able to setup your computer this way. I tried different images from the internet not a chance. The interdiction sign showed up immediately.

    So.. how I solve it?.. well simple.. at this friend of mine..with the working router.. I kept restarting and getting the same error (cannot identify this machine) till.. at a certain point.. he took it.. yep.. it worked.. After 1 hour and 1/2 I had restored my computer to Mountain Lion and from there to Yosemite.

    Please be aware people.. if you wipe your partition for good (as I did, leaving a blank, partition free SSD) you may have the surprise not to restore your apple online so easy!
    If you ask me was luck because I did every time the same things..
    Now I made myself a bootable Yosemite usb using my Mac..using old good terminal commands.
    Never walk without one!
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    This is why I keep installers and updaters of all previous OS's that I use on a drive somewhere.

    I also keep the URL's of how such installers and updaters can be "directly downloaded" from Apple -- bypassing the Apple Store and its inconveniences.

    And also why I keep numerous bootable cloned copies of the OS's around, as well.

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