Downside to installing Tiger via FW Target Mode?

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  1. ITASOR macrumors 601

    ITASOR

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    I'm going to be installing Tiger from my iBook to a few computers pretty soon (don't worry, they all bought their own copies of Tiger). The computers are anything from an iBook G3 w/ CD-ROM to an iMac G3 700Mhz CD-RW.

    All the computers have the same thing in common....no DVD drives and they're not towers, so I can't install one. They all have firewire though and meet the Tiger specs. Most important is the iMac G4 700.

    I'm going to do it through Firewire Target Mode from my iBook G4 (in my signature). I've done this numerous times a while back, but can't seem to remember a few things.

    The computers are not mine, so I don't want the name of my iBook to carry over there or anything. I've heard of after installing an OS through FW, when you use that one screen saver, it reads the computer whose name the OS was installed from, meaning it would read iBookG4....that's what mine reads.

    But there's a way to change that isn't there? I've read numerous times that this is the downside to installing this way (and that you'll get the DVD Player app, but who cares). If you go to Sys Prefs>Sharing>change Computer Name, doesn't that change it?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TDM21 macrumors 6502a

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    I did the following to install Tiger on my QuickSilver that currently doesn't have a cd or dvd drive.

    1. Boot your iBook into Target Disk mode with the Tiger DVD in the drive.
    2. Connect your iBook to the other iBook G3 or iMac with a FireWire cable.
    3. Boot the iBook G3 and hold down the Command key. (this will bring up a menu which shows all the drives that you can boot from.
    4. The Tiger DVD should be an option
    5. Select it and boot.
    6. The Tiger installer should run as if the iBook G3 or iMac was reading the DVD itself
     
  3. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I just installed Panther on an iMac G3 400mhz via firewire target disk mode with my iMac G4. It worked perfectly, and there was no indication that the G3 inherited any settings from the G4. Not that it should, anyway. The computer only sees it as an external hard drive and CD drive.
     
  4. ITASOR thread starter macrumors 601

    ITASOR

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    Ok, I've never actually done it this way. I've always booted the OTHER computer in FW Target Mode (getting the HD icon onto my computer) and then launched the install from my computer, but choosing their HD as the install disk.

    If you do it the other way around, boot my computer with Tiger DVD into FW Target Mode, and hold down Option (it's option, not cmd) on the other computer, I will be able to select my computer as if it were a firewire dvd drive. Only problem I can see here is picking the HD to install on....what if they're both named Macintosh HD...I guess I can tell by sizes if they're not the same. Wouldn't want to do something stupid and end up erasing my whole HD. :eek:

    Thanks guys, any more tips/comments on what I said above?
     
  5. TDM21 macrumors 6502a

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    When you go to choose the drive in the Tiger installer, the computers internal hard drive should show up as a hard drive icon while the hd of your Mac will show up with either a FireWire icon or the generic disk icon used with images. You shouldn't have a problem telling which drive is the one you need to install onto.
     
  6. ITASOR thread starter macrumors 601

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    Wow, guess I was going everything backwards! Thanks for the help everyone! Only when you do it backwards does the computer name trail over...just tried it. Thanks again!
     

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