Install SL over Tiger. CD player doesn't work

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by charlesconn, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. charlesconn macrumors newbie

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    I'm not Charles. I'm his wife, Erika. Charles is not tech savvy. I'm not either but better than my husband.

    Here's the story. We bought a used iBook with Tiger installed. It works great except the cd player doesn't work. Someone gave him a gift of a Snow Leopard OS. Well, since the CD Player is on the fritz, I copied the contents to a Flash drive.

    Do you think it will work? I'm afraid to try it because I don't want to screw up his computer. He'll get real mad at me if I do. Is there something I should be doing before I click install?:confused:
     
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    It won't work.
     
  3. charlesconn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, such service

    Thank you for your prompt response. What a forum!:)
     
  4. SplicedBanjo macrumors regular

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    In my experience, the optical drives on older Apple laptops were just flaky. I don't know the exact cause(s) for sure, but the fact that the drive isn't working is not much of a surprise to me.

    You could get around it by using a Firewire optical drive, but you would still only be able to install 10.5 Leopard (10.6 is not compatible, as pointed out by Darth Titan).

    The reason I say it has to be a Firewire optical drive is that, IIRC, PowerPC Macs cannot boot from USB (even though Intel Macs can).
     
  5. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Not true. PPC Macs can boot from USB just fine.
     
  6. SplicedBanjo macrumors regular

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    There are some sources that report that it wouldn't work (or that it would require some sort of extra hacking), which is what I was going by. I don't know if I ever actually tried it myself.
     

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