where does one find apple dmg downloads on the web?

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  1. richard0296

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    high sierra, mojave etc i'm not too bothered, i just can't find a dmg download online.

    i've a 2013 mba that's stuck on a flashing briefcase with a question mark. have tried all suggestions below from apple. have changed dns at home to google's public dns etc

    https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204323

    am bored w/ this and just want to boot from usb now
     
  2. philquad

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    tell me about it, i got all of them, yosemite, hi-sierra
    i finally worked it out (3 days) i found a 5gb hi-sierra iso, had to format the new ssd in "a" sumthing format
    then the iso installed to it
    it was a torrent, do u want it ?
    tell me, when i put the new ssd in the macbook, it will boot wont it ?
     
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    https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201314

    ⌘-R
    Install the latest macOS that was installed on your Mac.

    Option-⌘-R
    Upgrade to the latest macOS compatible with your Mac.

    Shift-Option-⌘-R
    Install the macOS that came with your Mac, or the closest version still available.

    If it won't boot to that or errors out because no network connection, 98.9% of the time it's because the system time is out.

    Go to terminal, try sudo ntpdate -u time.apple.com

    If that doesn't work it's because the system time is way out.

    Go into terminal, go sudo date 0227123919 (Month Date Hour Minute Year) to set the time manually, then try to make it precise with ntpdate
     
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    indeed, i broke the recovery real nicely tho hence boot from USB
     
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    Booting from internet recovery is baked into the UEFI, it's not a recovery partition on the HDD, if you broke the UEFI you got bigger problems then a non-booting OS
     
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    hm, i've spent all of 7 minutes looking into this - i'll try a few of those options tonight and see what happens, though i'm sure i had already tried them
     
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    If you have the ability to, plug the machine in via ethernet directly to the router it can be a bit finicky with WPA2
     
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    Do you have access to another Mac?
     
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    i do mate, i've a 2018 mba
     
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    Using the app store, you can list previous downloads from there, where links to previous OS X versions should be visible
     
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    thanks for the replies all - the above ⌘-R, Option-⌘-R, Shift-Option-⌘-R or just simply take me straight into internet recovery which sits on a loop of not working. i've also reset pram and still the same thing.

    new hdd time maybe?

    ed; sorry so this means i can't actually at any point get to disk utility even if i were to find an iso
     
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    I'm a bit unclear on what you mean by that. Disk Utility is accessible from the macOS installer so if you make a USB drive installer you can use that to blow away the partitions and start from scratch. Or are you saying Disk Utility hangs, or something else?
     
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    sorry i'm a wintel admin so my knowledge of mac's is limited - i had thought that if i booted holding just i would be taken into disk utility regardless of there being the usb boot stick installed?

    if i use any of the above keys while booting they all take me straight through to internet recovery which just gets stuck in a loop of trying to download a recovery that never completes.
     
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    Okay I think I'm with you. There's no Disk Utility in the firmware. There is a boot manager you can access by holding Option but that's just for selecting a boot volume. I've seen internet recovery take 20~30 minutes to start so could it just be testing your patience? Either way, if you've got a spare USB drive making install media on your other Mac is probably the quickest way to get going with a bit more certainty as to what's going on.
     
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    You may need to use Terminal to set the date in order to download.
    This guys page gives you the command accurate to the minute.
    https://bensmann.no/changing-system-date-from-terminal-os-x-recovery
     
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    If you continue to have trouble, I sent you a PM offering to help.
     
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    yeah downloading the recovery portion (internet recovery) takes aaaaaages

    is it just taking ages or is it erroring out? but also if it's internet recovered, you don't need to make a boot USB, you can just install the OS there and then as it's downloaded as a part of booting into recovery (hence why it takes ages it's heaps of GB's)
     
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    was doing my head in for 2 day, i finally worked it out
    i had a iso that i put on the mac then i installed to a new drive in a usb thingy
    put the drive in & presto, theres no way you can do that with windows, but it is getting better in win 10.
    i thought a terminal was like a airport place.
     
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    Holding option should always bring up the boot picker if a bootable volume is present. If there isn't one, it'll default to Internet recovery. If a firmware password is set, you'll be asked for it first.
     

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