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    Feb 13, 2009
    Trouble restoring Mac OS X
    This one is confusing me. I have an old eMac that originally came with 9.2.2. It was upgraded to 10.2.2 for which I have the Mac OS Install discs (2 of them). It was then upgraded to 10.3.9. The only OS install discs I have are the 10.2.2

    When placing the discs in the CD tray, I can read/view the discs just fine in the mac once booted. I can display the disc/contents in the preferences section for boot drive. I can hold down "c" when the machine is booting.

    None of this will boot the install disc from the CD rom. It will only boot from the internal hard drive. I even held down "option" to select the cd rom myself. It only lists the internal HD. I was told the "option" key can take minutes to display all the boot options, I left it for 30 minutes and it still only listed the internal HD.

    I bought an external firewire enclosure for a 5.25" cd rom incase my internal cd rom was busted. It will read/view the installer disc just fine much like the internal, but it will not boot the installer disc either.

    I am lost, and any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Sep 30, 2007
    The Republic of Neptune
    This older thread from Apple's site may answer your question:
    Apple - Support - Discussions - emac wont boot from cd or hard drive ...

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
    Links: Onyx | EasyFind | Apple Hardware Test | How to test your hard drive | The Safe Mac Adware Removal Guide | Uninstall MacKeeper
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