Booking off USB with Power Mac G4 Graphite (500Mhz AGP)

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  1. iKokomo macrumors newbie

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    Having a copy of OS 9 on CD, I have to put it on either a USB DVD drive or Flash drive due to problems with internal DVD.


    Is it possible to boot the operating system from either a USB DVD drive or Flash drive?

    Thanks!
     
  2. MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    It can but with a caveat. Whilst "USB Mass Storage" is a standard that most if not all USB drives adhere to, the AGP G4's firmware supports only certain chipsets for USB booting. It's VERY 'hit-and-miss' and generally a failure.

    Also, booting from the built-in USB ports is exremely slow, since it's only USB1.1.

    Better off to try to get a PATA/IDE optical drive or a firewire enclosure.
     

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