Making CD without addt'l PC?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by tdewey, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2003
    A slashdot user posted the following:

    Possible solution to do it without a PC!(Score:2)
    by mr_zorg (259994) on Friday March 17, @12:37AM (#14939734)
    It seems to me that the only reason you need a PC to do this is because the author is only familiar with Nero Burning-ROM to create bootable discs. It certainly isn't easy to do on the Mac, but if I've got it right, this should work. I don't have an Intel Mac to test on, can someone try this? First, install Fink. Then install the "mkisofs" package. From there, unzip the solution given and cd into that directory in terminal. Insert your XP install CD. Then run these commands:

    cd src
    ditto /Volumes/YOUR_XP_INSTALL_CD .
    cp -r ../patch/ .
    cp ../boot.img .
    cp ../xom.efi .
    cp ../howto.txt howtomac.txt
    mkisofs -b boot.img -no-emul-boot -boot-load-seg 1984 -boot-load-size 4 -c boot.catalog -iso-level 4 -r -J -V XP_ON_MAC -o ../xp_on_mac.iso .

    Note that the mkisofs is long and may be wrapped on your screen. But it should be all one line... This will create an ISO that you should be able to burn with Disk Utility. I've taken the liberty of putting the xom.efi and howto instructions on the ISO as well to make things simple. Then, just follow the howto instructions in section II "The Installation". Hopefully that works! Let me know!

    Can anyone confirm if this will work?
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I can't confirm whether it works or not...

    However, I just posted to the wiki at onmac that there seems to be a -N option missing from the mkisofs, for consistency with the Nero "Do not add the ';1' ISO file version extension" setting.

    i.e. I think it should be
    mkisofs -b boot.img -no-emul-boot -boot-load-seg 1984 -boot-load-size 4 -c boot.catalog -iso-level 4 -r -J -N -V XP_ON_MAC -o ../xp_on_mac.iso .
    Bart's site has a nice shell script to help make bootable CDs bcd.cmd, including XP, using mkisofs to do the work, but hasn't been updated in a while...

  3. macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2003

    Toast burns iso images. I've made bootable OS X, Solaris and Linux CDs with it. Any reason it wouldn't work for XP?
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    The XP bootable discs are formatted with some particular settings, as long as Toast has the right knobs to tweak to the above Nero settings, you should be fine.

  5. macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    Got fink to load but can't get cdrtools (which mkisofs is a part of supposedly) to install properly, and therefore shell doesn't understand the mkisofs command.

    Anyone know how exactly I can get cdrtools to install?

  6. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    I think that fink may be overkill for this one, the regular dev tools should be able to build it. cdrtools.tar.gz can be downloaded from


    tar fxz cdrtools.tar.gz
    cd cdrtools-2.01

    You can try a make install after that, but it may not work. You'll find the compiled mkisofs hiding under mkisofs/OBJ/(architecture)

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