Hi, I picked up a mid-2010 MBP from a pawn shop recently, and it's kicking my behind. I bought it with all of the previous owners data on it, but the drive was encrypted. I guess they didn't get the password from the guy who pawned it. Probably why I got it so cheap. I'm new to Mac, but pretty good with tech, so I assumed I would just wipe it, bootleg an OS, boot from a USB and be good. Dummy. I boot into disk utility and erase the drive. Reformat as extended, journaled. No problem. I have not been able to get it to recognize a USB drive. I have tried several times on 2 thumb drives and a Samsung external hard drive. I have used DD in Linux and Rufus in Windows. I have formatted with MBR and GPT. I have copied using ISO and DD methods in Rufus. i have tried both USB ports. I downloaded Linux mint and did all of the above with that ISO as well. Then I decided to try this internet recovery. Apple ID? OK, I go make one. Says I haven't used it in the app store. Google says this is because I haven't updated shipping and billing info. Do that. No love. So...What in the name of God and biscuits does a lady have to do to get her new gadget running?