Unable to access recovery mode with external screen
on my old Macbook Pro (Mid 2007, A1226) with a broken videocard/internal display I’m unable to access the recovery mode (Command + r) with an external screen, but resetting the PRAM or entering the boot menue with alt is possible. If I keep pressing Command + r to access the recovery mode I’m just thrown to the login screen.
Why I want to enter the recovery mode? I just have found an old Mac OS HDD (which is accessible on Linux, but not the private folders) and I just forgotten my login credentials.
Is there any hope for me?
Thank you, Carlos
After a few back and forth I was able to solve the problem:
I’ve tried to remove/reset the admin account in the single user mode - with another, even older macbook it fully worked.
I’ve done the following:
Command + s (to enter single user mode)
mount -uw /
After the reboot I have to follow the steps like after the end of the installation of MacOS, enter a name, a username and a password. After that I was able to login with the new admin account and reset the other accounts password.
But with mine Macbook Pro I wasnt even able to access the single user mode, because:
rEFIt is installed….
(Apparently this is why the recovery mode didnt work….)
Some how I was able to enter the rEFIt boot menue and in this menue I had to hit F2 on the Apple Logo to access multiple boot options for MacOS, like the single user mode. Then I was able to enter the commands as above and it fully worked out for me.
Maybe this could help anyone else in the world :-)
Thank you for your great platform!