Burning a .Sparseimage using Disk Utility

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  1. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    I am really starting to pull my hair out on this one. The blank DVD is not showing on the left hand side of the Disk Utility, but it does show up on the desktop! Therefore, I am unable to burn the .sparseimage!

    I am really about ready to pull my hair out, why did disk utility stop working? Could it be because of that crappy Toast software? Is there a way to reset disk utility so it would work again?
     
  2. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    when you put the blank dvd in, did it ask you if you wanted to open it in finder, idvd or disk utility?
     
  3. dontwalkhand thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yes, Tried Disk Utility, it won't show up in the list, only on the top portion of the list, but not the bottom portion where I am able to restore the Sparseimage too. Tried different media, no dice. They show up on the desktop just fine however when I say finder. But when I say disk utility, nothing on the desktop, it just refuses to mount!
     
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  5. dontwalkhand thread starter macrumors 601

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    As you can see by the attached image, nothing in the "second half" where I am able to actually tell disk utility to do its thing. I am basically trying to burn a custom Leopard CD without all of the languages and fluff.
     

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  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Press Burn at the top ... then choose the image from wherever it is on your machine.
     
  7. dontwalkhand thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yes, but the instructions say I am supposed to drag the image on the restore tab, into the source section, but I am unable to drag the blank DVD to the destination section.

    I have tried to burn the .sparseimage directly, but then the disc is not bootable.
     
  8. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Remove the blank.

    Open Disk Utility - click "Burn" (or Images>Burn...) and select your image file. It shouldn't need to mount it, first.

    Toast should also be able to burn it - use the "Copy" feature, then "Image File" and select your image file.

    In either case, the app will prompt you for the blank media.
     
  9. dontwalkhand thread starter macrumors 601

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    I got the part where I have had to rip my Leopard DVD and so fourth, but when it came time to burning the image, I just got stuck.

    I have tried that, but then the disc isn't bootable, I basically have to do it using the following in order for the disc to remain bootable, according to these instructions that say:

     

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  10. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I just reread your edit above ... it will not be easy to get the disc to be bootable, and the chances are great that it will never install. Since you weeded our the fluff, the installer will just error out when it looks for those files on the disc.
     
  11. dontwalkhand thread starter macrumors 601

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    I can always choose "Customize" when it asks, but the problem is trying to get the blank DVD to even show up on the left.
     
  12. dontwalkhand thread starter macrumors 601

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    Would i be able to convert the image to a .dmg and burn it that way? Can Disk Utility do that, or do I need to get a .DMG converter? I see quite a few free ones.
     
  13. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    After spending a few minutes doing some research on this rather confusing scenarion, it appears the goal is to create a single-layer sized DVD version of Leopard Install.

    It seems like you got stuck somewhere in here: You correctly burned a bootable copy of the ".boot.sparseimage" you optained, which has all the "fluff" printers/languagues removed. It does boot, and you can get to the "Customize..." button. Then, you tell it to "uncheck" Printers and unneeded languages. What happens after that? It can be a very slow install according to the instructions I've found which I think I now have compiled in one place. I think one big problem is the "Customize..." button and blank DVD happen at different places during the process. They're isn't any place for the DVD when the button is available and vice-versa.

    I think I have the full procedure for creating a SL DVD version figured out here, so you can point to what step when wrong:

    1) Get original Leopard Install DVD
    2) create an 8GB sparseimage using Disk Utility
    3) Using Restore, put the Leopard DVD in the Source field, and the "leopard.sparseimage" in the destination field.
    4) click Restore - wait about 10 minutes

    You now have an exact image of Leopard Install DVD - you could Restore to DVD DL or a hard drive partition and boot to it, at this point (a nice thing to have).

    Now, you need to remove the "baggage" from the full DL DVD.

    6) Using Diskutility, select leopard.sparseimage and click mount. It should now show up on the desktop. We will be deleting the XCode Tools directory which is at the root of the image, all sets of printer drivers, and unnecessary language packs. Navigate to "Optional Installs" and delete "Xcode Tools. Now, use the Finder "Go to Folder..." to navigate to the hidden System folder with "/Volumes/[disk name]/System/Installation/Packages" Delete all printer driver packages (backup any you might need) and delete all language packs that aren't English or your native language, except for AsianLanguageSupport. Don't forget to "Empty the Trash". Unmount the leopard.spaseimage

    7. Disk Utility - create another new sparseimage of 4.7GB and call it "boot" (file created will be boot.sparseimage). Mount this. Use Restore. Put the previously modified leopard.sparseimage in Source, and the mounted "boot" volume (not the file boot.sparseimage) in Destination. Click Restore, wait about 10 minutes. Unmount "boot"

    8. Now you can burn the DVD SL. Select the boot.sparseimage (this should still be in the image list in the left column). Click on the Burn button and wait another 10 minutes or so. Leave the DVD in the burner.

    9. Now you can do the reboot "holding down the 'c' (or hold down the opt and select the boot disk volume). It will take MUCH longer to boot, as you've probably read. The only required step is to use the "Customize..." button to deselect all additional languages (except the AsianLanguagueSupport) and all printer drivers. Hopefully, the install will continue from there, normally.


    If, on the other hand, you "found" the boot.sparseimage already, you would skip all the way to #8. I have a feeling you're somewhere between having a full Leopard DVD and some sort of sparseimage version of it.

    A short note of caution: If you don't own the Leopard install DVD, obtaining the modified sparseimages (or even the original images) through torrents is most likely a violation of the MR rules & terms of use. (I don't have the exact quote, but you get the idea.) hint: The two main pieces of reference I used to figure out what it is you're trying doing came from sites referring to torrents and specifically mentioning "Leopard boot.sparseimage" and same or the very steps you quoted (as in "included with this torrent").

    I'm still trying to give the benefit of doubt, but there were a lot of unanswered questions about the "why" and "what" of you're trying to do. edit: I apologize, if I'm off base, though.

    Anyway, this ran way to long (late/early), so hopefully what I cobbled together will help you out, or at least get you past some point of stuck-ness.


    Disk Utility can convert to and burn DMG. It can also burn .toast. Toast can burn either DMG, sparseimage, or toast.
     
  14. dontwalkhand thread starter macrumors 601

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    Well I gave up on the idea, I just installed from a regular Leopard disc and unchecked the fluff. Any idea on how to clean up a regular Leopard install?
     
  15. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    There's one app I've heard of "Monolingual", but personally, I'd avoid using it. If you're within a GB or two of running out of space, you need a bigger (or extra) hard drive. Two reasons: one, you might run into an app which has heartburn because of some missing package, and, two - you need to be VERY cautious using Monolingual NOT to make any changes to architecture. I've lost count of the number of posts where the OS was never the same. The idea is to remove the PPC binaries from Universal apps. It's just not worth the pain. Also, apparently you can run into trouble even if you don't try and remove the PPC bins. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=381489)
     

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