No CD Drive-- is OS X possible?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Ariii, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    My clamshell iBook is doing pretty well with Linux, but for certain software and Internet reasons, I'd be more than happy to switch to OS X. I have another computer with a version of OS X that's compatible. And, I have CD's that I could burn if loading OS X involves that, and a couple flash drives. I'd also be willing to pick up a version of OS X off eBay or Craig's list or something.
  2. macrumors 601

    You can use the other Mac and connect via firewire for target disc mode - you can google search on how to do this. You will need to make sure the version of OSX you are installing is compatible.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Turn on the iBook and upon hearing the startup tone, hold down the "F" key until you see the firewire symbol appear on the screen. Hook up your FireWire 400 cable and connect your iBook to another PowerPC Macintosh. Insert the OS X disk into that computer and reboot into the installer. In the installer, be sure to pick the Firewire drive and you should be good to go. This is what I have to do to install OS 10.4 to my iMac G3 because it doesn't have a DVD-ROM drive. Good luck. :)

    Also, PowerPC Macintosh computers cannot boot from USB, so Firewire is your only option.
  4. macrumors regular

    Do you mean the T key?
  5. macrumors 6502

    You're right, sorry. I forgot "T" stands for "Target Disk Mode."

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