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    I still get the apple logo for 30 seconds, then the stop sign, it doesn't boot up.
    For explanations see this:
    About the screens you see when your Mac starts up
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204156


    PS: Have you tried pressing and holding the option key at boot time?
    And if so, does it give you any option for a boot icon to select???




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    is there a link to an explanation of the keyboard keys with symbols on? I don't know which is the option key, think I know the command key - but that's it.

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    You might find this link helpful.

    I don't remember where you hail from, but this site covers most layouts in most languages.

    I imagine that US (English); US (International); or UK (British) English will probably cover your needs.

    Look carefully at the diagrams for Keys like Command, Option (previously Alt) and Control.

    https://keyshorts.com/blogs/blog/376...d-localization

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    Quote Originally Posted by aljohn View Post
    is there a link to an explanation of the keyboard keys with symbols on? I don't know which is the option key, think I know the command key - but that's it.

    Wow, that's quite amazing and I guess you haven't needed to know, even though you've been a member here since late 2011.

    Ian's charts should help, but I'm more surprised that not even Apple's Help seems to provide any info.

    If you need more, just use google or go here:
    https://www.google.ca/search?client=...H8iK8Qf9kpH4DA

    https://keyshorts.com/blogs/blog/419...cbook-keyboard

    etc.




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    After reading all of these posts I think that the only answer to your problem (short of purchasing a new install disk from apple) is to find a way to boot the device from another source.
    Normally I would suggest a bootable installer created with Terminal or DiskMaker X or even a clone of the HDD but as you cannot boot up the device you cannot clone or create a bootable installer.
    Because your Apple ID is not recognised you cannot use the online Reinstall OSX. Of course you should have confirmed that your Apple ID was valid and recognized before erasing the HDD but that's done now.
    Do you have another Apple device? If so it may be possible to reset your user name and password with Apple which would allow you to use the online restore option.
    Can you still boot up with the restore partition?
    The only other option I can think of is to take the device to an Apple repairer. In most cases they will have another source they can use to boot up and erase the device but you may need proof of ownership.
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    I d.id change my password and had an Apple ID once again - Istarted mac up and pressed command and R. Great, I then had options come on screen. So I opted to reinstall Lion OS. Apple decided in its wisdom to think my password was wrong -it wasn't, but hey ho slowly getting there., all set Swapped password again,pressed install and a message came up saying that item was not available, please try again later. So I went to bed and I'll try again tomorrow. I'm pleased that there's light at the end of the tunnel - fingers crossed. Again, thanks, I would never have got this far without you guys. I'll post again later - I know you are all waiting,with bated breath,. to see if I get the mac working again 'night all.

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    Hi all, well, I've now tried about 30 times to reinstall Lion on the mac. Unfortunately, all I get is a message "This item is temporarily unavailable at the moment please try again later"
    I don't know how long temporary lasts for.... Is there an Apple website that I can ask questions on?

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    Is there an Apple website that I can ask questions on?

    You can try a web search and see if any appropriate hits or solutions show up when using your problem as a subject. i.e.:
    Mac "This item is temporarily unavailable at the moment please try again later"
    https://www.google.ca/search?client=...AdPe8Ae4oYSoCg




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    Is there an Apple website that I can ask questions on?
    You can always call Apple support. Or chat online, or email.

    https://getsupport.apple.com/?caller=psp&PRKEYS=PF6
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    Thanks again, I phoned Apple Support and the guy helped me to try again, but the download refused to , er, download. He then suggested using a shop that sold, repaired Apple products. I made an appointment and visited them. They were unable to instal Lion, and tried other OS to no avail. I was not bothered which OS got installed - I just wanted something that made it a working macbook. So they installed Leopard, for 10.I thought that was a good deal, the shop was Storm Front in Sutton Coldfield. So, now I've got a working macbook, I'm wondering whether to try upgrading it.....Assuming it might be easier now it's got an OS installed? Any thoughts?

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    So, now I've got a working macbook, I'm wondering whether to try upgrading it.....Assuming it might be easier now it's got an OS installed? Any thoughts?

    What are you going to "upgrade"???

    You still haven't even told us what MacBook model you have, nor any of its specs!!!

    You can find more about upgrades after you select you particular MB model, and thy even supply a link to a UK source from there:
    https://everymac.com/systems/apple/m...x-macbook.html

    If it's a 2008 MB model, then OSwise, Leopard 10.7.5 could easily be the last OS X version it can use.

    PS: I thought from your 1st post you just wanted to get it ready to sell. Hmmm…??? Change of mind maybe???





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    I just thought it would be easier to sell with a newer OSX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aljohn View Post
    I just thought it would be easier to sell with a newer OSX.


    It could possibly be, depending on if it's even possible, but do let the potential buyer know what MacBook model it actually is when you do go to sell it!!! They would probably like to know I would think.





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