Installing from Network

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pgb205, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. pgb205 macrumors newbie

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    Hardware: PowerBook G4 with busted CDROM.
    I do not have large enough usb key or another Mac.
    I did however setup tftp server on my windows box and shared a directory with dmg image of macintosh DVD.
    When mac G4 boots I go into shell and type the following:
    boot enet:<ip of tftp server>,<file name>.dmg,<my ip>;netmask,;<gateway>
    Connection is made and it looks like file is being transferred for a few seconds but then it terminates. Obviously something is not right. I'm sure I'm just not setting up the whole thing correctly. Any advice on how to do this right?
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    I think you're making things too hard for yourself. The NetBoot drive should show up in System Preferences -> Startup Disk.
     
  3. pgb205 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunatelly for me the machine was upgraded to some flavor of linux in the past so I can't use any of the macintosh's utilities.

    thanks for replying.


     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Ah, hence the reinstall. What if you hold down the N key on startup?
     
  5. pgb205 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I tried holding down the N key when presented with the options. But nothing happens even though laptop is connected with cable to router.


     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Hmm, you've got me. I've never worked with NetBoot before. Does your PC have a FireWire port?
     

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