Target Disk Mode between G4 and MacBook to install Lion?

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  1. Buddygor macrumors regular

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    Hey!

    So, I have an iMac G4 with the Lion installer app and a MacBook. I have read articles and realized that I can simply wipe the MacBook's drive, and then install clean (like I want to), but have a question- is it possible to boot the MacBook from the iMac by running the installer app off the iMac, or will the processor architectures not allow it? This is what I want to do;

    -Connect the iMac to the MacBook via TDM
    -Run the Installer.app off the iMac, obviously to the MacBook
    -Start installation and the proceed to boot the MacBook from the installer.app off the iMac
    -Open DU and erase the MacBook's HD from the booted-from Installer.app running off the iMac
    -Finally, install Lion to the MacBook, from the iMac with the Installer.app

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Zeke D macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see any issues with that, I have installed Lion via USB (a flash and external HDD), so I would assume firewire would work just as well.
     
  3. Buddygor thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great! Thanks a lot!
     
  4. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

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    It won't work. To install from the G4, it needs to be able to boot from the install package and as Lion is Intel only.
     
  5. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    It can be done yes but is often a bit of a crap shoot as they say.

    The results people have are all quite inconsistent but I have gotten it to work from a G4 tower to a 2007 white C2D MacBook. Your milage may vary since I have never attempted it with your hardware combo.
     
  6. chibiterasu macrumors 6502

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