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Re: How to install on Power Mac G5 from USB stick

On Sun, 26 Jun 2011 17:57:42 -0700
John Ames <commodorejohn@gmail.com> wrote:

> Well, I tried burning the ISO (debian-6.0.1a-powerpc-netinst.iso) to
> CD and using an external CD drive (the Mac in question doesn't have an
> internal CD.) No luck.
> Holding down C on boot does nothing, using Cmd+Option+Shift+Delete to
> force it not to load from the hard disk brings up an old-style
> "searching for operating system" folder icon, and attempting to boot
> from Open Firmware yields the same "No Symbol" screen (I'm trying
> "boot cd:,/install/yaboot", which looks to be the appropriate way to
> do it?)
> I really don't understand what's going on here. Am I screwing
> something up in OF? Am I using the wrong CD image?

When you enter Open Firmware (with the external CD drive attached) type devalias and look for ud in the list of devices.  If ud is in the list use "boot ud:,/install/yaboot".  If ud is not listed this will obviously not work for you.

I used this to successfully install from a USB CD drive on a G5 iMac with a broken internal SuperDrive.

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