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Old 05-19-2005, 04:34 PM   #1
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Boot OS9 iMac (tray) to a Linxu iMac and install

Hi, after one semester of beginning UNIX I now know enough to hurt myself and anyone standing too close. I work at a non-profit were we want to bring our old iMacs into the OSX fold (peer2peer). The problem is (since this is a test run) the tray loading iMacs will NOT read a burned disk, so no booting from a CD rom.

I've loaded Linux on a slot-loading iMac (Yellow Dog, cause Mandrake left the screen black) and now I either want to:

Boot the OS9 iMac from the YD hard drive and try to install YD


(and better)

Somehow net over to the installation CD in the YD machine, boot from that and install.

Any pointing in the right direction and I can Google the rest.

Thanks Tons

Old 01-25-2006, 12:37 AM   #2
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I do not know if YD has a network installation source but OpenSuSE does.
Boot into Open Firmware and startup through the internet to start installing.

Old 08-13-2006, 08:35 PM   #3
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I know it's been well over a year for this thread, but I just came into an old, rev. a iMac, and it does boot to burned cd's. I've been using some old 4x rewritables. The problem i've encountered is that newer versions of yaboot don't like my imac. I can install yellow dog, not suse, breezy badger, not dapper drake, etc.
Old 08-13-2006, 11:03 PM   #4
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Hi Motown,
Turns out I had one rev A iMac that -would- read burned cd's and I was able to load Breezy on it, was able to upgrade to Dapper online so I haven't seen you isse. Sure gave new life to an old mac. Can't even open more than 3 FireFox tabs using OSX on the same machine.


SpaceGhost used the word "gin"??


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