Target Disk Mode between G4 and MacBook to install Lion?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Buddygor, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Buddygor macrumors regular

    May 22, 2012
    Northfield, Vt 05663

    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 off the iMac, obviously to the MacBook
    -Start installation and the proceed to boot the MacBook from the off the iMac
    -Open DU and erase the MacBook's HD from the booted-from running off the iMac
    -Finally, install Lion to the MacBook, from the iMac with the

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

    Zeke D

    Nov 18, 2011
    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

    May 22, 2012
    Northfield, Vt 05663
    Great! Thanks a lot!
  4. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    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


    Mar 13, 2005
    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


    Apr 5, 2012
    London, The United Kingdom

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