The issue:

  • Original Mac Book Air, model A1237
  • Has probably not been used or charged in a long time
  • Has probably ran 10.7 Lion

Doing the following:

  1. Use Command+R to enter recovery mode
  2. Use Disk Utility to erase hard drive
  3. Connect to wifi network
  4. Select Reinstall Mac OS X
  5. Hit Continue twice

It now shows "Loading Installation Information", for a long time, possibly forever.

1 Answer 1


The clock may have been reset. Setting the clock may resolve this problem.

  1. Enter recovery mode.
  2. Select Utilites in the menu bar.
  3. Open the Terminal.
  4. Type: date {month}{day}{hour}{minute}{year}, e.g. date 0804221520 for August 4 2020, 22:15.
  5. Try running the installation again. It should now proceed in less than a minute.

If this does not help, showing the "Istaller logs" may provide hints why it takes too long.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .