installing OS X with an external USB cd rom

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  1. phreakout13 macrumors 6502

    phreakout13

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    Hi all!

    I have an older bondi blue, tray loading iMac and I want to install OS X (Panther). It may seem like a simple task, but my internal CD drive is broken (I got my mac on eBay). My USB drive can read CDs, but I can't run my OS X CD as a startup disk with it. When I tried, I had to zap my PRAM (cmnd., opt., p, r). I know I'm a newbie and you all probably hate me, but I need your help! Feel free to e-mail me a solution.

    thanks,
    Jeff
     
  2. Macpoops macrumors 6502

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    Well your exterior USB drive is not only slow because of it's USB interface but it cannot be used as a startup disk AFAIK. You need a firewire external drive or a replacement for the internal
     
  3. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

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  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    I think the bondi iMac and the B&Ws wouldn't boot from USB -- it was a feature added to the firmware of later machines (probably AGP and slot loaders).
     

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