Trying to reinstall OSX via CD, but the CD kept getting ejected

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by striders, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. striders macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    I have an old MacBook Pro 2008 that I am giving away and tried to do a fresh install.

    I booted via CMD+R and wiped the disk and created a new OSX partition. From there, I then selected "Reinstall OSX", which then show a message "Loading installation information...".

    After a while, I get an error that say "Could not find installation information from this machine"

    So I tried re-installing with the OSX Install Disc that came with the MBP. However, the CD kept getting ejected when I put it in. Basically it goes like this:

    1). Insert CD
    2). Heard the CD spinning and the MBP doing something
    3). CD ejected

    I tried booting up with "Option" button held, but nothing happened and the CD got ejected. Same with holding "C" during boot up.

    So now I have a MacBook Pro that I cannot install a CD at all. Is there anything I can do or is this MacBook Pro is trashed now?
    --- Post Merged, Nov 30, 2016 ---
    I think I fix this 50% of the way. Turned out that I NEED to DOWNLOAD OSX from the Internet. The MBP was connecting to some other Wifi AP that has no encryption, so I changed it to connect to my Wifi AP.

    Now I get to the next screen and it asked for my iCloud ID. I don't want my iCloud ID to be stored in this MBP, since I am giving it away. So my questions now are:

    1). Is there a way to download OSX without entering my iCloud ID?
    2). If no, will my iCloud ID stored in the MBP after the fresh install? I am giving away this MBP.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    No, but don't worry -- it will not store your ID on your MBP after the install. The Apple ID login is simply to verify the eligibility/purchase.
  3. striders thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    Thank you!
  4. newlifer macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2014
    I have been through this, seems apple has somehow banned previous os's from installing through cd. they don't like cds or dvd's because they compete with app store & itunes...

    the only workaround I have found is fresh install through internet recovery and setting up through the installer, don't use a dvd.

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