My MacBook no longer boots into macOS after I tried installing rEFInd. Instead, it always boots into recovery mode no matter which disk I select.

Before that (I know OS X El Capitan isn't officially supported on my MacBook), everything (except GPU Acceleration) was working great.

I've tried booting into Safe Mode, running First Aid on Disk Utility and resetting the NVRAM and SMC without any luck and I can't reinstall macOS because I can't boot into the patched installer and the Installer from Recovery Mode isn't patched.

I think that my bootloader isn't working properly after I tried installing rEFInd

Here are the specs for my MacBook:

Model identifier : MacBook2,1
System : Patched OS X El Capitan
CPU : Intel Core 2 Duo (64Bit)
Name : Late-2006 MacBook

I want to at least boot into the installation medium, so I can reinstall macOS

The patcher I used for installing macOS/OS X El Capitan is RMC's OSX PATCHER

  • Have you tried just letting it boot into recovery mode and following the directions there and then restarting? – Natsfan Nov 17 '20 at 18:34
  • jmh Yep, before even asking the question, but Infortunately, it didn't work . But thanks for trying to answer :) . – v64isgood_vitali64 Nov 18 '20 at 6:45
  • Normally, to boot in recovery mode, you hold the "Options", "Command", and "R" buttons until the boot chimes are triggered. Have you tried doing this to see what happens now. – Natsfan Nov 18 '20 at 23:17
  • jmh That just boots again into recovery (I've tried that also) – v64isgood_vitali64 Nov 19 '20 at 11:48
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    Have you tried resetting your mac? erasing your disk? – Natsfan Nov 21 '20 at 17:00

I found that the EFI Partition was faulty and that I still can boot into my Debian 10 Live Medium so the solution was to reinstall macOS or to fix the EFI partition

In my case, I simply need to reinstall macOS/OS X Snow Leopard and then repatch the El Capitan installer and install and then, I'm done (Yes, I can just repair the EFI partition but I've erased my disk without doing it in purpose).

In the case of others, just reinstalling (without erasing anything) will fix the issue.

I hope that everyone is doing well and that my answer helped.


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