RE: Install problem: Can't boot from CD-ROM

Subject: RE: Install problem: Can't boot from CD-ROM
From: Eric Stewart (
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 05:36:53 MDT

         Reply to: RE: Install problem: Can't boot from CD-ROM
Did you try zapping the PRAM? Does the CD show up on the desktop when the computer boots from the hard drive? If you don't see the CD icon your DVD ROM is probably bad. I have a G4/450 that I just installed Yellow Dog without any problems.

Eric Stewart
Andrew D Straw wrote:
>Hi all,
>I just bought a copy of Yellow Dog Linux, and I can't boot from the CD-ROM
>on my G4/450. I hold down the 'c' key during/after the boot chime, but
>Mac OS always boots from my Mac OS harddrive. If I physically remove that
>drive from my system (there's another disk, currently blank, awaiting
>linux...), it seems that at first the CD (DVD) drive spins but then I get
>an icon of a folder that is blinking with a question mark and the Mac OS
>symbol. I have a Macally USB keyboard (instead of the tiny iMac-style
>keyboard) -- could that be the problem?
>I'm in temporary quarters this summer, and I didn't bring a Mac OS install
>CD with me, so I can't test if I can boot from that CD. Also, I didn't
>bring my iMac-style keyboard, so I can't test if that's the problem
>However, it since the CD is spinning at startup, it seems to me like the
>Mac is trying to see if it can boot from the CD. Perhaps my YDL CD is
>Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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