Odd question: Use Powerbook as External CD-ROM?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by coupdetat, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. coupdetat macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    OK, so I know that you can boot a Mac as an external firewire drive to another machine. I'm wondering, can you boot to its optical drive and basically treat it as an external CD-ROM? I need to do this because the iMac Snow I bought was damaged in shipping and the CD drive doesn't work anymore. I have a plain external CD-RW but it's USB and will probably be horribly slow for loading software. Anyone know if I can use my 12" PB as an external CD-ROM so I can install the OS on my iMac?
  2. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2003
    Yes if the snow has firewire - boot to target mode on the PBook while the disk is in the drive.
  3. coupdetat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    Thanks!! I hugely appreciate the tip. This is the coolest thing ever, I think I'm going to name my first child Firewire Target Disk Mode.

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