Headless Mac won't boot CDs...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kalisphoenix, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816

    kalisphoenix

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    Well, I've managed to get my laptop (that Mitthrawnruondo broke :mad:) up and running as a VNC server (which was harder than it sounds). Now, VNC is nice but has very little point.

    The problem is that, when I attempt to boot the iBook from CD, it won't let me. I thought that it didn't sense the monitor and hence boots in headless mode or something, but it will eject and accept CDs (and respond to other key commands -- typing blind was how I started Terminal and got the power settings, sshd, and VNC up to snuff)...

    Anyone know what the problem is here? I've booted from these CDs before, but the iBook doesn't even seem to read them. "Hello? Oh, hi, Gentoo CD! No, I won't let you boot, because then I might become useful again. Jackass."

    Anyone know a way around this? Is there a boot-args variable that will set it to boot from CD? Should I set it in open firmware? Anyone know anything? Hello?
     
  2. kalisphoenix thread starter macrumors 65816

    kalisphoenix

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  4. mjstew33 macrumors 601

    mjstew33

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    Uh, you take off the screen? :rolleyes:
     
  5. kalisphoenix thread starter macrumors 65816

    kalisphoenix

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    When the display dies.

    Hmm. Guess I'll go ask on a Linux forum.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    My guess is that your CDs are older than your iBook. It is a well-known fact that only on rare occasions can you boot a Mac using an OS that is older than the machine.
     
  7. kalisphoenix thread starter macrumors 65816

    kalisphoenix

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    I've used a Gentoo 2004.3, a Gentoo 2005.1, an Ubuntu 5.04, and a Panther CD. It's a clamshell iBook.
     

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