10-11-2011, 03:15 AM #1
Who says PowerPCs can't boot from USB?
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- Aug 30, 2011
- iMac G4 800 MHz, 512 MB, 60 GB Hard Drive, Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard
I have heard many places that PowerPC Macs cannot boot from USB, without advanced coding in Open Firmware.
I have proven this false. I have an iMac G4 with USB 1.1 ports.
I ripped my Mac OS X Tiger DVD, and copied it to a 8GB USB 2.0 drive, plugged it into the iMac.
Without even going into Open Firmware, I held down Option while booting, and guess what.
"Mac OS X Install DVD" showed up. Except the icon wasn't a DVD, it was a hard disk.
I proceeded to boot it.
It booted normally. It even runs faster than the DVD, which is surprising (to me), as it's only USB 1.1.
I'm installing it as I type this, and it's going pretty well.
EDIT: It installed successfully. But, I replaced it with Leopard using the same method, and a processor clock frequency hack using Open Firmware.
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