Connecting to wifi in recovery mode on iMac

I'm trying to restore an iMac, and am running into a problem. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to connect it to wifi with Voiceover. I've tried the Vo-M/m but to no avail! I've done it before, so I know there's a way; I just don't remember it! Help, please!

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#1 recovery

don't quote me on this, but i don't think you can connect with the normal recovery. you have to use the internet recovery mode. IE, holding down, if my memory serves, command option r, rather than just command r.
If that is what you have done, than i'm not sure what's going on.

#2 Possibly

It's possible, but this Mac's a bit too old for Internet Recovery mode. It's a 2009 iMac, still runs Sierra, but at this moment, it's running nothing.

#3 Normally, you would connect

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Normally, you would connect to wifi by pressing VO M twice to access the status menus, but I believe there is a Voiceover bug that causes this to not work as expected. If you have another Mac around, you can download a copy of macOS and create a bootable install disk from a USB thumb drive or external hard drive and install it locally from that.

HTH

#4 Would love to know this too.

Glad this thread came up. I'm looking to reformat my drive so I can sell my Mac, but am a bit confused with all the research I've done. I gather that I would need to boot from recovery mode with command option R, but Apple's website also lists that keystroke with the shift key included. What does that do? I assume the Internet recovery would work on mine since it's a mid 2012 MBP. Is Internet recovery not accessible with VO?

#5 internet recovery with VO

internet recovery does work with VoiceOver, just like a local recovery partition. when you first boot into it though, their is a globe on screen. this part does not work with VoiceOver. you need sited help to get the progress of the recovery. a mac in this mode would first download the recovery image from Apple's servers, after that is complete, VoiceOver works. Internet recovery resets the mac to factory settings. when I ran it on a 2011 MacBook Pro, Mountain Lion was installed even though I upgraded it to ElCapitan. .

#6 getting internet recovery on an old mac.

Apple has an update you can install to get internet recovery on an older mac which does not come enabled with it. just google it and you'll find it

#7 I need to know this as well.

I need to know this as well. VOM twice gets me into some kind of choose other input screen, and not necessarily the Wi-Fi network screen. Help!