installing OS X with an external USB cd rom

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by phreakout13, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. phreakout13 macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2004
    South Eastern MA
    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.

  2. Macpoops macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2002
    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

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    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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