Can I install 10.4 from a usb stick onto a 500mhz iBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by waloshin, May 5, 2012.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Can I install 10.4 from a usb stick onto a 500mhz iBook?

    If I copy the .iso image to a usb stick will the iBook install Mac osx from it?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    The iBook will probably not boot from USB devices, even properly formatted ones.

    Even if it would work, copying the .iso will not work, you actually have to copy the contents of the .iso onto the USB flash memory thumb drive, for which CCC can help.
  3. skinniezinho macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2009
  4. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    I would have the files extracted to the usb, but wouldn't the iBook install 10.4 from within 10.3.9?
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    You cannot boot from USB. 1.1 is too slow for that. You're so out of luck being that on your MacBook Air you have neither an optical drive or a firewire port, otherwise you could get the 800 one that hooks up to older models.

    The only other way would be to partition the drive without destroying it, restoring the DMG to it, and then booting from that. But you'd need some recovery disks in the first place to even do that. That, or buying the external MBA drive to burn it.

    Otherwise eBay is your best friend. Or post in the MR marketplace as WTB.
  6. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    I used to think that also, that was until I got my PPC G5 powermac which will boot from a USB drive without hesitation.
  7. pistooli macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009
    When I had an iBook dual usb (500 MHz), I used an oldish firewire iPod as a Tiger boot media. Restored the Tiger install DVD onto the iPod, then the iBook booted just fine from it, and the install went fine.

    There are some descriptions on the net how a PowerPC Mac can be forced to boot from usb (with playing with Open Firmware), but I have never been successfull with that.

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