Will not boot in any recovery mode

Phillie14586

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Oct 14, 2010
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I wanted to revert back to El Capitan from Sierra because of some keyboard issues and I wanted to use a different HDD. I installed the HDD I wanted to use and did an internet recovery mode. Used a Time machine backup to reinstall the boot drive. I need to disable SIP to install the HDMIAudio kext but it won't boot to any recovery mode. I did try resetting the NVRAM, opt-cmd-P-R. That did not help. I have tried to download the installer from the App store but it won't let me. How can I get this into recovery mode? Where would I look and what would the installer be named in my Time machine backup? I am using a MacPro 5,1.
 

Oliverhay

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Mar 25, 2012
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Auckland, New Zealand
Is the keyboard issue related to Karabina not working on Sierra, by any chance :)

When you hold down option to get into the boot options - does nothing show up? You could plug in your old hdd as an external (if you have an adabpter for Sata -USb) and boot into that drive's recovery?
Otherwise you will need to find a different Mac and make a USB boot drive.
 

Phillie14586

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Original poster
Oct 14, 2010
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Is the keyboard issue related to Karabina not working on Sierra, by any chance :)

When you hold down option to get into the boot options - does nothing show up? You could plug in your old hdd as an external (if you have an adabpter for Sata -USb) and boot into that drive's recovery?
Otherwise you will need to find a different Mac and make a USB boot drive.
The volume and optical drive ejection buttons don't work. I use the volume keys fairly often and the optical drive occasionally when the kids chorus teacher gives them CDs to learn from. I do have the old drive with Sierra on it. If I boot in the Sierra recovery mode with that doable SIP in El Capitan mode?
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Is the keyboard issue related to Karabina not working on Sierra, by any chance :)

When you hold down option to get into the boot options - does nothing show up? You could plug in your old hdd as an external (if you have an adabpter for Sata -USb) and boot into that drive's recovery?
Otherwise you will need to find a different Mac and make a USB boot drive.
I reinstalled the old drive and booted to its recovery partition. I then disables SIP and installed HDMIAudio on the El Capitan drive and it works. What is interesting is previously I could re-enable SIP and HDMIAudio worked in both El Capitan and Sierra. Now it won't work with SIP enabled.
 

Oliverhay

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Mar 25, 2012
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Auckland, New Zealand
That seems strange regarding the SIP.
Do you think the reason you couldn't boot into recovery on your new drive is because the recovery partition wasn't created? I think when I was installing a computer in a certain way - it also didn't make that recover partition but I can't remember why that occurred.