So I have a Sawtooth that I keep running all the time at home.
(I dropped a SATA card and two 400GB HDDs in it - believe it or not, this was significantly cheaper than putting two IDE drives of comperable size in it)
Basically, I use it for storage, and I want to use it for Bittorrent too. The BT site I use needs a newer version of Transmission than will run on Panther, and I'm using the highest version you can run on 10.3.
I need to upgrade to 10.4. Anyone have any idea why it won't boot off of a Tiger DVD? Its a DVD-ROM, its bootable. I can't get it to boot off of a HDD with the Tiger DVD cloned to it. I've got the last Firmware update for it... any thoughts?
First off, I'm not sure whether or not you can copy the Tiger CD to a hard drive and expect it to work. If this does work usually then, what kind of SATA card is it, who manufactured it? Is there one chip or are there two chips on the SATA card? Is the card specifically manufactured for a Mac? It sounds like the problem may be that there is no Open Firmware code or OF code in FlashROM of the card. OF code is the equivalent of the BIOS code on a PC. If you bought a cheap generic Silicon Image SIL3112 card, the card may not be Mac bootable because it lacks OF code in the ROM chip. If this is the case the hard drives themselves are not bootable. In this case you options are not great. One option, though, is to buy a Sonnet PCI or PCI-X SATA card with OF code.
The rub with this though is that the Sonnet PCI card is effectively the same card you currently have, but with OF code and is more expensive. Another option is to buy a PATA drive to put on the internal PATA bus of the Sawtooth. Unfortunately there is a 128GB, binary, or 137GB, decimal, size limit for 48-bit LBA for the internal IDE controller on the Sawtooth so a 120GB drive would be best, however it seems 3.5" 120GB drives are not available any more from online resellers, an 80GB hard drive would work though and those are still available.
Well, the SATA card is supported from OS 9 and up - it works fine. I guess I should have mentioned that I'm not trying to boot off of it - my main system drive is a IDE drive.
And yeah, I've booted off of hard drives with an install CD/DVD image cloned (via CCC) or restored (via Disk Utility) onto it. Its an easy work-around if you're trying to install Tiger on a machine without a DVD drive. OSX doesn't care what the actual media is - a bootable disk/disc is a bootable disk/disc.
My issue is that I can't get the Sawtooth to boot off a Tiger install DVD, or a FW drive with the Tiger installer on it.
That's odd. i was able to get Tiger on my Sawtooth. The question i would ask is... is the media (Tiger cd/dvd) a universal disc? Meaning a black disc with the silver X on it. I know the discs meant for an eMac or so will not work to install Tiger. They are grey discs that say eMac or iMac on them.
Loc: Florida, USA
I was able to boot up OSX using the CD set and DVD with no problem. If you have a different DVD drive then the stock one make sure your Drive is supported. I have a Compaq superdrive that is compatible in 10.3 but not with 10.4 and doesn't let me boot tiger.
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