Reinstall Mavericks On Mac With Network Login

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by sfwalter, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. sfwalter macrumors 68000

    sfwalter

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    Hi,

    I've been tasked with trying to get Mavericks reinstalled onto a Mac that comes up with a network login after booting.

    I have a bootable Mavericks image on a USB drive. However when I attempt to boot the Mac with the USB drive I get the Mac prohibited icon. I can take that same USB drive and boot with it onto a Mac that is not configured for network login.

    Is there something from preventing me from reinstalling Mavericks onto a machine that is configured for Network login?
     
  2. sfwalter thread starter macrumors 68000

    sfwalter

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    Never mind. I recreated my boot usb drive and all is well in the world. Its weird my original usb drive would work on one Mac but not another. Strange.
     
  3. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    I've been under the impression that the images are hardware specific.

    For example, back in the days when Apple shipped media with a machine, the DVD was tailored for that type of hardware (i.e. Macbook disc could not be used to install an iMac). Or so I've read: noticed in the Hackintosh world that one of the warnings was buying random Apple media DVDs since they might have bits and pieces missing needed for Hackintoshes (best way to get a Hackintosh to work was with the "generic" retail media).

    So, if true, can see that a recovery image has extensions and such specific to the hardware type it came from, possibly missing others.
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    OS X installs from the App Store are not hardware specific. Certain models released after a version of OS X ships may need a special version, but as of now, any Mac that will boot Mavericks will start just fine from the version of 10.9.4 in the App Store today.

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    Is there perhaps a firmware password on this computer?
     
  5. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    True. But are recovery images generic? Or even disc image after install?

    OP said "bootable Mavericks image". So, not the generic download from App Store, gone through some level of "post processing".
     
  6. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Yes, they're all generic, with the caveats mentioned in my earlier post.
     

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