I have been given an old Macbook and was asked to wipe and restore the OS. I followed the allpe guides but the Macbook is failing to install via the internet recovery service. Apple them selfs have said that a physical copy of the OS could get the Macbook running again but its a problem to find a physical copy of old OS. So i was just wondering if it would be possible to install elementary OS without the Macbook having a working OS on it. For some extra infomation i can get to disk utility and the terminal if needed to and i have a windows pc to make the usb drive. Thank you for the help

  • Keep in mind, many have had issues with wifi on Macs running all types of Linux. Be prepared for a bit of a headache.
    – pretz
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 15:54

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It's possible if you have an Intel CPU, you just need

  1. Download the ISO.
  2. Create a bootable USB drive in Windows with Rufus or Etcher.
  3. Inserting your install USB drive on the MacBook.
  4. Start your MacBook.
  5. After you hear the chime, press and hold Option.
  6. Shortly after selecting the appropriate boot drive, you should be presented with the elementary OS splash screen. You may now follow the on-screen instructions which will guide you through the rest of the process.

Ref: Oficial Install Guide by Elementary OS for Mac.

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