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Oct 27, 2010, 10:52 AM
I am away from any possible tech assistance. Tiger 10.4.11 on my PowerBook dies on me randomly and unexpectedly.The internal cd drive and the probably the USB ports don't work properly. The external USB CD writer appears in Profiler but does not load the disk, nor boots (pressing c or opt at the right time).

I did everything generally suggested. Is there any other way to install Leopard (MACOSX 10.5)? I have a leopard image, in a working firewire external drive. It won't boot of course but I know of a utility which allows installing from images ....

I have nobody near with anther mac. and I need to finish a job ASAP.

I'm aware it might be an hardware problem but before I loose this job I hope to be able to try fixing the system ...

Any help?

Oct 27, 2010, 11:12 AM
I assume that your OS works some way, if you have access to Profiler. So, you can copy Leo image to internal HDD, restore it to this external one to boot from it later. Like this (http://www.ehow.com/how_4913572_install-os-external-hard-drive.html). Ensure that your external HDD is APM (Apple Partition Map) formatted.

Oct 27, 2010, 11:19 AM
I thought of trying restore, but I was told I will loose every file. Is it so or the Restore option will only change the system?

Thanks again

Oct 27, 2010, 11:30 AM
Could your RAM need re-seating? Try opening the machine up and giving the SIMMs the old wiggle-and-push.

Oct 27, 2010, 11:51 AM
I meant restore 10.5 Install Disc to firewire HDD. If there are any files on destination drive, they will be deleted. This would let you boot from it to: install Leopard, run Disk Utility (verify/repair disk) and fsck before/instead installation.

Later, after booting from external HDD, you have to choose Archive and Install or Upgrade (no Erase and Install!). These options will leave your files on internal HDD.

But first I'd recommend boot in single user mode and run fsck http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=89736 It could fix your 10.4

Oct 27, 2010, 11:28 PM
That Ur USB DVD drive doesn't work is normal. You'll also find USB harddrives and some USB modems won't work either. Is cos the USB ports are underpowered. Good luck with the install