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I have a MacBook Pro mid 2010 13", with C2D 2.4 GHz, 1+4 GB RAM (1333 MHz and 1600 MHz), nVidia 320M integrated VGA.

I would like to install OSX to my blank internal SSD. I tried Internet Recovery, bootable pendrive, both won't work. The loading bar stops in halfway, and the notebook freezes. Apple hardware diagnostic said there is no errors (booted from USB also).

When I bought the notebook, had 10.6.3 on it. I tried update it, and when it restarted, it didn't load anymore. At that time swapped the original HDD to an SSD.

I tried El Capitan installer, High Sierra installer, opencore Big Sur installer (that is loaded once, but in the language selection screen, it freezes instantly), and the Internet Recovery with Alt+CMD+R and Shift+Alt+CMD+R also.

I know, the latest supported is High Sierra. But I try to install any of OSX (High Sierra or older), it always stops halfway of progress bar, and freezes. I can't even get to the installer because it won't load. Last time I waited half an hour. When the progress bar appears, I hear the fan spinning louder, and when stuck in halfway, the macbook freezes, and the fan slows down.

What can I do next?

Update: It was the RAM that was at fault. I replaced it with supported units, everything works perfectly.

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  • Either Sierra or High Sierra is probably the last OS supported by a 2010 MacBook Pro, see this answer to How To Update MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) from macOS High Sierra (Version 10.13.6) To macOS Big Sur (Version 11)? Oct 10, 2023 at 9:04
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    I would try an earlier OS first, just to get something down. However, IIRC, those models were prone to a dodgy SATA cable, which might need replacing.
    – benwiggy
    Oct 10, 2023 at 10:01
  • I tried also El Capitan from a bootable pendrive, the symptom is the same. Also the same, if it has an ssd internally, and if not. Oct 10, 2023 at 10:08
  • I'd be tempted to remove internal storage & attempt install to an external drive. this would hopefully bypass any dodgy SATA cable. Bear in mind, this will be slow at USB2 speeds. If successful, you could migrate or clone the drive to an internal… that also being a test for the SATA cable.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 10, 2023 at 10:36
  • The machine should start the installer even if the cable is damaged, I think. Or am I wrong? By the way, i will try this external drive method, thank you for your suggestion. Oct 10, 2023 at 10:58

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See Hardware_compatibility to discover which latest versions of macOS/OSX that your Mac can support.

For 10.12 (Sierra) and 10.13 (High Sierra):

Laptops: MacBook (Late 2009 or later), MacBook Air (Late 2010 or later), MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or later)

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  • The latest supported is High Sierra. But I try to install any of OSX (High Sierra or older), it always stops halfway of progress bar, and freezes. Oct 10, 2023 at 9:14
  • I have a 2010 17" MBP, and I seem to remember that when I installed High Sierra on it, there was a very long pause, that seemed like a freeze, during installation. Even a year or two after installation, upon a reboot, I found that the same MBP is prone to these apparent freezes, just upon a reboot. Maybe you just need to wait longer? Also, have you formatted the disk, so that the installation is on to a clean disk? Oct 10, 2023 at 9:18
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    Greenonline: In a previous comment, you refer to El Capitan (OS X 10.11) as being later than High Sierra (macOS 10.13), which of course is wrong. Richárd: If you do not have another working Mac, then how did you create the bootable pendrive? Oct 10, 2023 at 10:51
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    Thank you all for your help, it was the RAM that was at fault. I replaced it with supported units, everything works perfectly. Oct 12, 2023 at 12:10
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    @RichárdKiss - Glad that you found a solution. BTW, You should post that comment as an answer and then mark it as accepted. That way the question will be removed from the "unanswered list". Oct 12, 2023 at 12:36

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