I saw somebody with a similar problem to mine and it was marked solved - however this person was on a PC and I am on a mac. Their solution was bonjour wasn’t properly installed - that shouldn’t be possible with a mac should it?
when I power on the pi it behaves as if there is no SD card inserted (solid red and green on board) ethernet lights never come on. I only own macs but I have attempted to do this with two different raspberry Pi’s and two different macs and I get the same result.
I have mad sure the SD card is properly seated, I have made sure the ethernet cable is correctly connected. I have not attempted to reimage the card because it didn’t seem to work on the other post but I think I could figure out how to do that if I had to.