I need to boot a linux CD over USB...possible?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TXBDan, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. TXBDan macrumors regular

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    In order to update the firmware on my Crucial M4 SSD, i need to boot the utility from a linux boot disc image that they provide. I have no internal CDROM drive and only have an external USB one.

    Is there anyway i can boot this disc or the image in some way so i can update the firmware?

    Apple apparently doesn't think we're old enough to handle booting non OSX discs over USB... :rolleyes:
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Hold the option key down while it boots. That should give you the ability to choose what to boot up
     
  3. dgbowers macrumors member

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    It won't let you boot anything other than a Mac OS X drive or installer, or a windows installer on the stock bootloader.

    If you install rEFIt, you can boot to linux drives. I used that to run a custom linux distro off of a flash drive.

    http://refit.sourceforge.net/
     
  4. TXBDan thread starter macrumors regular

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    ^can you elaborate? I installed refit. The menu worked fine, but when i selected and booted from the linux disc in the USB cdrom, it didnt' work. the screen just goes black like before.

    I think refit sets up the boot options, but once it boots its still the same as before. linux just can't deal with the EFI i think.
     

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