Cant reinstall macOS from Recovery Mode


Jun 9, 2024
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Hi im on macOS High Sierra with an iMac 27" late 2009

it has been fine but from out of the blue it is constantly laggy especially iTunes with the little spinning wheel all the time. It makes no sense as theres been no updates or nothing installed. Its very frustrating.

Its a 2.66 GHz intel core i5 processor
Its got 32GB 1067 Mhz DDR3 rom
and the ram is not even half full with over 650GB free space

I tried to do a fresh install and get "can't connect to server error"

I tried several times to connect and every time same error

I checked the network connectivity both wifi and ethernet were good.

Any advice much appreciated.


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Feb 14, 2021
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See if you can reboot in Safe Mode (power up and immediately hold down the Shift key). Double check to see if your are connected to the internet. Launch Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/ At the prompt, enter the code:

softwareupdate --list-full-installers

after which you should get something like this:

240519 terminal screenshot.jpg

listing all of the updates available to your particular Mac. In this example, it shows all the files that apply to my Mac. Top on the list for your iMac should be macOS 10.13.6 (17G65), or something newer. Anyway determine the version number and enter this line in Terminal:

sudo softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 10.13.6

or the higher version shown on the list. Press return and enter your admin password. The download should start and when done, the installer file should be inside your Applications folder. When the download is done, try to save a copy of the file to another location for future use. Then launch the installer file in the Applications folder, cross your fingers, and wait for the installation to finish.

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