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

Subject: Re: How do I boot a Mac from the CD?
From: Randy S. Miller (
Date: Tue Apr 24 2001 - 22:00:59 MDT

On 4/24/01 11:03 PM, "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?
> Thanks...

YDL will only boot on the "New World" Macs, basically the iMac and the Blue
and White towers. Anything older than this (which includes the clones), you
will need to install MacOS (at least v.8.x or v.9.x.x) on a small partition
(roughly 30 to 100 mb), copy BootX and the BootX extension to the system
folder, along with vmlinux and the ramdisk.gz file. Reboot the system and
choose Linux from the BootX loader.


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