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trade in 12" macbook with no macOS installed?

Arcade

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I'm wondering what is gong to happen if I send apple my 12" MacBook with no macOS installed? I was following the steps to erase and re-install macOS but now when I do command + r to get into recovery to install Catalina I get the wifi login. When I try to enter the wifi info of my router it doesn't accept the password.

 

Apple_Robert

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If you are positive you are trying to use the correct password, it shouldn’t be a problem for Apple to accept. If at all possible, it would be best to do the trade-in in person at an Apple store. That way, you get your exact amount right away. If you have to send it in, there is a chance you may get less than the quoted price, as Apple uses a third party service with the mail in.
 
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Arcade

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Thank you for the reply.

I read some where that changing the channel to the wifi on the router would allow me to connect to the wifi. Another problem I am having is that my router doesn't have away to change channels. I'll keep trying different things tonight if nothing works then I'll do what you suggested and take in person.
 
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Apple_Robert

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Thank you for the reply.

I read some where that changing the channel to the wifi on the router would allow me to connect to the wifi. Another problem I am having is that my router doesn't have away to change channels. I'll keep trying different things tonight if nothing works then I'll do what you suggested and take in person.
I wouldn’t spend too much time trying to mess with the Wifi problem. Apple can easily install the OS a lot quicker at their store than you can at home. Hope you get a good price.
 
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casperes1996

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Thank you for the reply.

I read some where that changing the channel to the wifi on the router would allow me to connect to the wifi. Another problem I am having is that my router doesn't have away to change channels. I'll keep trying different things tonight if nothing works then I'll do what you suggested and take in person.

Try going to 192.168.87.1 or 192.168.1.1 in a web browser.

In any case, you could also try using your phone's cellular networking through hotspot sharing to do this if you have unlimited data :)
 
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Arcade

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I finally got Catalina installed.

The problem was a weak wifi signal to my bedroom. I didn't know about it since I have 3 to 4 full bars in my iMac so I had to walk to the strongest part of my house to get it installed.

Thank you everyone for the replies.

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