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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:53 pm    Post subject: How to make bootable CD Reply with quote

I finally have a new world mac I can install Linux on. It's a rev b imac, but none of the CD's I made will boot it.. I downloaded the ISO(curl -O /path/to/iso) and burned it to a cd using Disk Utility and Toast Lite. Neither CD will boot the computer, I only get the flashing folder. I can boot this computer with an OS 9 CD, so I know the drive works. So, is there any special mojo to making a bootable CD? I'm going to try burning one on a Windows PC today, but I won't get a chance to test that until later.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Disk Utility, you'll have to go to the menu, and find burn image. Choose the iso file as your image. I'm guessing that you were putting the image as a file on the CD. You can check the CDs you already burned by puting them in while OSX is running. If there is only one file there on the cd ***.iso, then you burned it as a file, and not as an image.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I checked the CD's after burning and they show the folders and files that should be there. I also just tried a CD I burned on a PC using EZ CD Creator and it still won't boot altough I was able to boot a G4 iMac w/o any trouble with said CD.

I should also say that I have burned ISO's used on Old World Macs. Since they won't to a Linux CD, I did not have to concern myself with bootability, just readability. Sometimes those did not work, but changing th burn speed to something slow like 4x or 8x would allow those to work fro an install. I did try a 4x, 16x and I think a 24x, but neither of these worked either on the iMac either. Maybe the drive is just very finicky in what it will recognize.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you're booting I take it you're doing one of these two things:

1) Holding down "c" from before the chime, untill aprox 20s after?

2) Holding down option from startup till your possible boot volumes appear. The CD should appear in that list.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got it! 2x speed works. I guess that drive could use a little work.
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