drdread
  • drdread
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11 months ago
Macbook 2013

An error occurred while preparing the installation. Try running this application again

Have cleared disk

Online...

No luck 🤔

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drdread
  • drdread
  • Advanced Member Topic Starter
11 months ago
It was the time on the machine, I had to run ntpdate -u time.apple.com whilst online.
drdread
  • drdread
  • Advanced Member Topic Starter
11 months ago
OK so then I got an error about no packages being available and got stuck in an El Capitan install loop.

My friend told me that setting the time top today was a mistake and that I should use the following command to set a date in 2017:

I used terminal and typed: date -u {month}{day}{hour}{minute}{year} but replacing each variable with a two figure number, in this case: date 0101000017

I did this mid install loop and after a reboot it installed as expected. =d>