Re: How do I boot a Mac from the CD?

Subject: Re: How do I boot a Mac from the CD?
From: andu (
Date: Tue Apr 24 2001 - 21:23:47 MDT

Mike Melanson wrote:
> Hi,
> I purchased a used PowerComputing PowerTower/166 and I want to get
> some variant of Linux running on it. I am definitely not new to Linux; I
> have successfully installed and maintained it on a variety of i386
> systems.
> I know I can make this Linux-on-PPC thing fly if I can just
> get to the installer. First, I'm supposed to boot the Mac from the MacOS
> CD-ROM. How do I do this? I put in the MacOS CD-ROM (which is only v7.6
> when v8 is on the Mac). The Yellow Dog Linux install guide file says
> to hold down 'C' during startup to boot from CD. That doesn't work. The
> PowerComputing book that came with the system implies that simply having
> the CD-ROM in the drive at startup will cause it to boot off the
> CD-ROM. That sure doesn't work. The book also goes on to talk about the
> shift-option-apple-delete sequence and that keeps the services from
> booting up. But it doesn't boot from the CD.
> So how do I boot MacOS from the CD so I can repartition the drives
> and launch a Linux installer?

Sounds like you never used a mac before...
If I understand correctly, you have system 8 running already.
Start up the machine, have the MacOS cd in, go in Control panels, choose
Startup disk and select the cd.
Restart the machine and it'll boot off the cd.
That being said, don't expect miracles from Linux on ppc.

> Thanks...
> --
> -Mike Melanson


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