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First things first, this is my first time here. So hello everybody and thank you for your help.
Now here is my problem: my optical bay has just broken and since I am using on an old 32-bit Macbook Pro, I can't boot from USB ports, nor from an external DVD drive. I have now no idea how to boot from a iso image. Any suggestions? I thought of writing it to a HD but I haven't got that working neither.
So please let me know if you've got any ideas or workarounds.
Since you are posting in a Linux forum does that mean you are trying to boot an Linux iso from your Mac. If not, you're in the wrong forum. You are a little short on other details also. If you do have some Linux system on the computer, you could boot an iso directly from the Grub2 bootloader or by first extracting the files, probably best to put them in the / of the filesystem. In either case, you would need to manually configure the boot menu file, grub.cfg or menu.lst/grub.conf.
Without more information on what you have available, any responses (like this one) will just be guesses.
Thank you for your answer. My problem is the following: I had loads of useless distros on this computer and little storage space was left; so, after formatting most of the hard drive's partitions, I started reinstalling the distros I would use, Archlinux in particular. At that very moment my DVD drive broke, leaving me just with Mac, which I am now forced to use. I managed to install Archlinux using the Firewire port and a friend's computer but I didn't have time to configure my wifi card. Since I am now abroad for a few weeks and only with a wifi connection, I was wondering whether I could chroot in my install using a live-cd or live-something (using for example Ubuntu, which support my wifi card without special config).
I guess it would be simplest just to look for a wired connection, but my question was also more general: are the only possibilities I have for installing future distros Firewire-boot and installing it from an other distro?
If you have Arch Linux installed, you should be able to boot an extracted iso file of another Linux distribution and install from there. Do you have the Linux iso files? If they are on a CD/DVD they won't be much use if your DVD player doesn't work. Since your internet doesn't work on Arch, you would have to download them on the Mac (that works?) and then move them to the Arch install.
Since you are not going to be around the computer for a while, there isn't much point in getting into detail.
I've also never used a Mac although I have seen them at the Best Buy. Very pretty.
Some distributions offer a netinstall but since your internet doesn't work? No usb ports?
Sorry, I wasn't very clear with my explanations: firstly, I do have my computer with me (in fact, it's a laptop). Secondly, I have a working internet connection on this laptop, but it's a wireless one. However, in order to use my computer's wifi card on Arch and access the internet, I need to download some drivers... using the internet. That's why I would need to use another distro that has these drivers already installed (like Ubuntu) to chroot into Arch and install them this way.
You mentioned booting an extracted iso, that's what I am going to try. I can download the iso using Mac Os and then put it somewhere in Arch's partitions. This is what I will try to follow: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot I'll come back hopefully when I am finished.