MacBook won't boot into recovery mode

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by beamer2000, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. beamer2000 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, all -- I've got an ancient MacBook here -- late 2006 model… Not sure how it's still alive, but it is.

    I'm trying to boot into recovery mode to reinstall OS X, but it won't let me boot into it. When I hold down cmd-r it just boots regularly. I installed Linux on this machine, but I removed it and deleted the boot manager, so I'm guessing I did something with the boot partition.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4904

    Your MacBook is too old for recovery mode. This Apple support doc shows models that have that feature.

    You are going to need to get yourself an OS X installer DVD. You can call 1800MYAPPLE and they will sell you the OEM installer that came from the factory.
     
  3. beamer2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's too old for Internet recovery mode. I can't even boot into standard recovery mode. That should work on my version.

     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That command-r actually boots from a hidden 650MB partition on the hard drive, and you likely nuked that with your Linux install.
     

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