For some reason, I'm not able to load recovery mode utilities on my late 2008 MacBook (running Mavericks).
I've referenced the technical steps here but none of the startup keyboard sequences appear to work. I've tried:
In all cases, I just get taken to the ordinary desktop login screen. Am I missing something? I'm not a mac user so I'll be the first to admit that it could be user error on my part...
My ultimate goal is to reinstall macOS, and as this is a 9 year old system, I can't find the original OS CD.