11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2013 1:30 PM by mende1
sfromhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

15.3" Macbook Pro A1286

early 2011

Came with OS X 10.6.3

Upgraded to 10.7.5

Holding "D" key during restart doesn't boot Apple Hardware Test

(boots Recovery HD, Mac OS X Utilities instead).

I would like to run AHT.

Apple didn't ship Installation DVDs.

Can I get a bootable system disk with AHT?


Apple Hardware Test, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • sfromhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    more:

     

    Had just auto-updated OS X.

    Running Safari. Fans went on high. 

    Wouldn't restart: Stuck on grey screen w/ logo and wheel turning.

     

    Reset NVRAM.

     

    Holding "D" key during restart doesn't boot Apple Hardware Test

    (boots Recovery HD, Mac OS X Utilities instead).

    AHT specific to machine. (I would like to run AHT.)

     

    Can I get a bootable system disk with AHT?

     

    Disk Utility repaired Macintosh HD disk.

    Also erased disk.

     

    Can run Macbook as target disk.

     

    Startup disk doesn't show any bootable systems.

     

    Restoring a Time Machine backup from an external HD disk =

    erased disk okay,

    shows that it writes files,

    but estimates over 300 hours to finish. (~150Gig)

     

    Apple didn't ship Installation DVDs.

     

    Won't reload Mac OS X Lion from Apple.

    says: "Downloading additional components. 2,925 hours remaining"

    then after a few minutes:

    "Can't download the additional components needed to install Mac OS X."

     

    Network Utility shows Wi-Fi Link Speed: 54 Mbit/s

     

    Internet Recovery: Command R doesn't bring it up.

    (boots Recovery HD, Mac OS X Utilities).

     

    No way to load EFI Firmware Update 2.3 onto Macbook.


  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,150 points)

    If you got your MacBook Pro after July 2011, it came with Lion, so it didn't come wtih DVDs. You have to use Recovery > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718

     

    You can't start up Apple Hardware Test holding the D key while your MacBook is starting because this is only valid if you have Apple Hardware Test on the OS X DVD or the hard drive. If your Mac didn't come with DVDs, Apple Hardware Test is available in the Internet, so hold Option (Alt) and D keys while your MacBook Pro is starting to download Apple Hardware Test from Apple

  • sfromhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, major progress.  Now I have a screen with 2 text entry boxes with a speaker volue sign to te left of the top one, and a padlock to the left of the bottom one, and under that an X  and a check mark in round buttons, no explanation. What do I do next?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,150 points)

    Can you take a photo of that screen and upload it in this site? I haven't seen it before

  • sfromhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    prior a screen has me 'Choose Network', and I have gone back to this screen.

    My choices are 'X' and '..."

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,150 points)

    Apple Hardware Test has to be downloaded from Apple. If you have got a wireless network and it shows up in the list, select it. If not, connect an Ethernet cable to your Mac and the router and Apple Hardware Test will be downloaded

  • sfromhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    my only choice is '...'

    the screen you want a pic of comes when i select '...'

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,150 points)

    That's probably the option to connect to a hidden network

  • sfromhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i'm looking for an ethernet cable

  • sfromhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    plugged in ethernet, instead of wi-fi , and it seems to be proceeding. thanks a 100 times, hope this works.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,150 points)

    If you have to reinstall OS X, I recommend you to do it through Ethernet. The download is faster and you won't have the same problems as installing Mac OS X with Wi-Fi