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I have a Powerbook G4 12" on which I want to install Linux. But the built-in cd-rom drive is no longer functioning. The machine currently has Mac OSX installed. Is there a way to install Linux without CD-Rom?
As another option, I'm considering buying an external firewire dvd-drive to boot and install linux on the powerbook. Has anyone done this and succeeded?
If you have another computer and a network available you could try a network install. Im Still quite new to linux but know its possible. so you could google this or check out this site.
If you go into bios Can you select USB as your boot drive (if you cant try putting a flash stick or over USB storage device in and then trying to change your boot order in bios).If this works then you will be able to install from any USB storage device be it an external drive or flash disk or whatever.
Which leads to the over alternate of creating a live install on a flash stick then installing from that. You should be able to do this with DSL and puppy linux. for this you will also need another machine.
If you dont have another machine the external DVD drive seems sensible
Thanks for your reply. PowerBook does not support USB boot, but it supposedly supports firewire boot. I think one thing I could do is to find another Mac and install Linux on the PowerBook's harddrive, and then put it back.
boot Linux from firewire device on Apple Powerbook
Yes, you __can__ boot from a firewire CD-Drive. I had the same problem recently (broken internal CD on my Powerbook G4 Ti), and here's how I got Kubuntu-Linux installed from a Kubuntu 6.10 PPC Live CD.
1.) On the Linux CD you want to install from, check the location of the binary called yaboot. In my case (Kubuntu), this is /install/yaboot. Alternatively, you can look for the "vmlinux"-file - on the Kubuntu-CD, this is /casper/powerpc/vmlinux.
2.) Macintoshes do __not__ have a "BIOS". Instead, they have something called "Open Firmware", the main difference being that OF is programmable (have a look in Wikipedia for additional human readable information :-)
If your Mac doesn't boot from your Firewire CD, nor does the firewire-drive show up as an icon when you boot with the Option ("alt") key pressed, you have to boot into the Open Firmware. This is done by pressing Command (Clover) + Option (alt) + O + F during boot.
3.) You will be greeted by some information about OpenFirmware and a boot prompt.
dev / ls
and a long list with all devices known by OF will be given. Hopefully at the end of the list you will find something similar to: