Installing Tiger/Leopard on G5 iMac without DVD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Kristianmaar, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Kristianmaar macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    I have an old iMac G5 that I want to bring back to life. Unfortunately I've lost the install DVDs and the internal hdd is wiped clean so I'm kinda stuck.

    I know I could just buy a used DVD from ebay but I refuse to spend money on something I already bought. There must be a way to burn an install DVD from a downloaded dmg file but how?

    I have a MacBook Pro and a Firewire HDD. There must be a way!!?
     
  2. TjeuV macrumors 6502

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    Burn the dmg on a dvd?
     
  3. Kristianmaar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried that but it won't boot from the dvd when I hold c on startup.
     
  4. Kristianmaar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    progress

    Ok, I made some progress after googling a little more. I burned a bootable Tiger dvd with toaster and made the iMac recognize the dvd but when I start installing this screen appears :

    [​IMG]

    Any ideas?
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    There are ways, but would you trust software you download to not be infected with malware from the start?
     
  6. Kristianmaar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know there's a risk of that but I'm not going to use it as my primary machine anyway. If there's a way please let me know.
     
  7. doctorjj macrumors newbie

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    You might have a bad OS install DVD or there could be a problem with the iMac's optical drive as well.

    Since you have a MacBook Pro, you might want to try connecting it and the iMac together using what's called "Firewire Target Disk Mode" and use the MacBook's optical drive to boot the installer and install the OS on the iMac's hard drive.

    You can find out more about Firewire Target Disk Mode at the following URL;

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661
     
  8. Kristianmaar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply :)

    The optical drive was actually replaced less than a year ago so it's fine. I've tried target mode in different ways - using disk utility to load the install dvd's content directly onto the iMac HDD.

    Could the problem be that I'm using the wrong OS?
     

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