Boot Disk from Wintel machine?

Posted by: anil8tor

Boot Disk from Wintel machine? - 07/06/05 12:54 PM

Ok, my buddy gave me a copy of OS X 10.3 for my birthday, seems to be an oem copy or something. The point is its on dvd, my old iMac g3 has only a cdrom... I want to change out the 6 gig hd for a 10 gig befor I install new Os. Can I copy the files from the dvd to cdrom on one of my wintel pcs. and will the mac boot from it. Help! :ermm:

Post edited by: anil8tor, at: 2005/07/06 19:55
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re:Boot Disk from Wintel machine? - 07/06/05 10:21 PM

It must be possible in theory to copy it to CDs with a Wintel box, but I don't anticipate it being straightforward. At all. It takes two CDs to install Panther, (three if you want the dev tools) and you don't know what goes on wjich disc, or how to tell the installer to ask for the next disc etc.

You're going to need a Mac-bootable DVDROM. Maybe you could borrow the one from your PC in the hope it will boot your Mac. But you'll have to attach it to the cable where the HD is currently, which would mean running it outside of its case. Also of course, you would then have no HD attached, so you'll need a firewire enclosure for it in order to install the OS. Thats the cheapest way, but of course its a pain, and there's no guarantee your PC DVDROM will boot the iMac.

Best bet is either a DVD from another iMac, or an external firewire DVDROM. Failing that you can try putting your new OS in a friends Mac and installing the OS from that one before you put the drive in the iMac. Again, there is a chance this will not work depending on what kind of Mac you borrow for the install. If you can get a PowerBook or iBook with DVD, you should be able to use the DVD via firewire to install on the iMac.

Most of these solutions seem to involve firewire, so if your iMac doesn't have it, that will restrict your choice severely.
Posted by: anil8tor

Re:Boot Disk from Wintel machine? - 07/06/05 11:25 PM

First of all, thanks for the help! and as luck would have it, I have the old tray-loading imac with no firewire. I am new to macs and really want to try OS X. I have upgraded the memory and plan a hard drive upgrade. Hoping to remove the old drive and keep it as a fall-back.
Is it possable to boot from a network drive? (ie pc dvd) As I said, this is my first Mac, but I have been building Linux and Winblows machines for about 20 years, so I am comfortable rummageing around inside the box. Is the cdrom in the G3 iMac an Ide? If so as you indicated maybe I could cable-up on the outside temp. for install....
Any more advice would be greatly appreciated!
Posted by: dead13

Re:Boot Disk from Wintel machine? - 07/07/05 01:13 AM

the drive is an ide drive and i would give the temp drive a shot .