Model MacBook Pro 2010 6,2
OS X version Yosemite 10.10.3
I used createinstallmedia to format and create an install USB stick. This step went fine. Command used was:
/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/HP-8 --applicationpath "/Applications/Install OS X Yosemite.app"
(One comment was that I need to do this as sudo. The line before was 'sudo bash' so I end up with a root shell.)
Note that if you backslash the spaces inside the quotes it doesn't work. Basic shell stuff, but I'm rusty it took me a bit to figure it out as the message talks about "not a valid installation package." Unhelpful...
When I attempted to boot it, it starts up, I can select the USB stick. When it boots I get the apple logo. The progress bar gets a little over 1/4 of the way, then the screen goes to a grey barred circle ("No") and nothing more happens.
Edit: Booting verbosely the boot fails with [SearchForTransportEventTimeOutHandler] -- Missing Bluetooth Controller Transport!
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The copy of installer is one that I've used on several macs, but before I've always been doing upgrades, not install from scratch. (I suspect malware on this one, so I want to zero out the disk before reinstalling.
Note also that this mac has a superdrive. I've vague recollections of a firmware 'feature' that prevented booting an installer off of a memory stick.