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Old 05-24-2005, 02:58 AM   #1
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Is this question in the wrong forum?

or inappropriate? If it's better off elsewhere please let me know,



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 05-24-2005, 05:31 AM   #2
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an iMac not booting from cdrom is strange.. I would think they were modern enough to handle cd-rw disks. Here is a thought, it -may- help, but it's only a guess: try to burn a bootcd on a lower speed, say 8x, and try again. I have heard that some cdrom drives have trouble recognizing a disk that was burned at high speed.
What Mandrake version did you try, and with that, was it the PPC processor version? (I believe PPC was the processor type used for Macs?)
If you somehow have a floppy drive available, you could try booting a network install from there.. but i'm not too familiar with Macs to know if there is a floppy drive in an iMac



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