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I found this on MacFixIt.com, and thought it would be of interest here as well. An application called "BootCD" can help you to create a bootable CD with all the applications you need on it (provided, of course, that you stay within the size limit of a CD).

You just launch the application and follow the instructions, answering a bunch of questions. When you are finished, you have a disk image that you can burn to a CD and boot from. The guy who created it is Charles Srstka. However, there doesn't seem to be any info about this application on his homepage yet.

You can download the application from MacFixit's new OS X library.
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Bootable CD -OS X
Authored by: wafa on Jan 17, '02 06:46:35PM

I followed the tip on how to burn a bootable CD for OS X as described in Macfixit but after I burned a CD using Toast Titanium 5.1.1, I could not boot my PowerBook G3 (Wall Street) using the CD. I tried several times by pressind Option+Command and selecting the CD as start up in System Preference but no success.



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Bootable CD -OS X
Authored by: rusto on Jan 17, '02 09:35:46PM
This worked fine for me...mounting my HD's was the trick once boot was complete. The macfixit instructions specifically say:

4. After quitting the utility, launch Disk Copy to Burn Image of the image file you created.

Perhaps using Toast was the problem.

Alo, have you tried booting while holding down the C key...this is he usual method of booting from a CD

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Bootable CD -OS X
Authored by: wafa on Jan 18, '02 02:55:12PM

Yes, I tried to boot using Command+Option keys but did not work.



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Bootable CD -OS X
Authored by: rusto on Jan 18, '02 04:36:27PM

I suggested booting while holding down ONLY the "c" key, I mentioned nothing about <command><option>...don't mean to be rude but, you've shown 2 instances now where instructions were given and you haven't followed them and then you said "hey, this doesn't work":

1) macfixit says to use Disk Copy to burn the image and you used Toast

2) I suggest booting while holding down "c" and you reiterate that you used another method

Why not try following the macfixit instructions to the letter...then boot to your new CD by holding down the "c" key?

I hope this works for you.



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Bootable CD -OS X
Authored by: wafa on Jan 20, '02 12:04:09PM

Sorry Rusto, it was a typo on my part, I meant holding the Command + C keys. The only part of the Macfixit instructions I did not follow is to use DiskCopy to Burn the CD instead I used Toast. While I dont see the reason why it should not work with Toast as well; I will try once more to burn the same CD using DiskCopy and hope it will work.



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Bootable CD -OS X
Authored by: elmimmo on Jan 20, '02 05:47:08PM

The problem with Mac OS X is that you sort of need to be an advance user, in the sense that for example, its imperative to know how to READ.

Command + C? Where the heck did he say command? c, c, c. That is one, 1, single, lonely key you need to press. You can press it with tour finger, you can press it with your nose, your toes or your butt but press only that single damn key and forget about command + alt + esc + 19875 + F12 will you?

If that does not work try pulling the plug of your computer and wait in front of it some time until it talks to you. It might take a while though so be patient...



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Bootable CD -OS X
Authored by: wafa on Jan 20, '02 06:46:09PM

Thanks for your nice words but bear with me since I got some signs of Altzheimer and hooked on Command Key; I dont know why but I swear I pressed the C key ONLY and never Command + C.

Just a little footnote, I am a user of the Apple line of computers since 1984.



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Bootable CD -OS X
Authored by: englabenny on Jun 14, '03 03:46:23PM

Please! I don't want to have to read through such attitude at macosxhints. This user clearly stated what he had done, and asked kindly for a hint on what to do... If you think that you are too smart to need hints, and those who needs them are idiots, you are at the wrong place...



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Unbootable Wallstreet
Authored by: Mithrandir on Jan 18, '02 06:55:46AM

My Wallstreet does this when ever I give it a bad CD to boot from. Sometimes I get the broken folder icon. My guess is the CD you burned is no good. Here's how I get back up and running:

Boot from the Mac OS 9.1 Install CD holding the C key down at startup.

If that doesn't do it, shut the book down then zap your PRAM with Apple+Option+P+R at startup, repeat the above step.

M



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Drive 10 support
Authored by: cinolas on Jan 18, '02 11:33:23PM

The BootCD works fine but I can't seem to run Drive 10. It requires authentication and I don't think the authentication process is part of the BooCD system. Last I checked the forum on MacFixit (in which you can help Charles S and his scipt by offering feedbacks) that was the only problem left (hopefully) to make the script work with Drive10.

Anybody found a way to load Drive 10 as admin ?



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Drive 10 support
Authored by: CharlesS on Jan 19, '02 09:36:49PM

The reason this doesn't work is because the Security Framework wants to be able to write to /tmp, and the CD-ROM is read-only. To solve the problem, mount some disk read-write to /tmp. After you do this, the Security Framework should work correctly.



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Drive 10 support
Authored by: askariwa on Apr 14, '03 10:45:24AM

What do you mean exactly with 'mount some disk read-write to /tmp' ? Can you write me an example ?
Can i do the same operation (run an Drive 10 as root) using Skeleton Key or Pseudo ?



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Drive 10 support
Authored by: lewinb on May 24, '04 03:03:59PM

I would like to know also what you mean by 'mount some disk read-write to /tmp' ...
Could SOMEone please explain what he/she means by that? It's too vague.



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Drive 10 support
Authored by: macevangelist on Nov 11, '04 06:34:05AM

This will help:

1. Create a partition in RAM with a size of 10MB with the command:
hdik -drivekey system-image=yes -nomount ram://20480

2. The last command should return something like '/dev/disk3'. Remember that as you will need it for the next commands. Whenever /dev/disk3 appears in the next steps replace it with what you got from the hdik command.

3. Initialize the partition with the command:
newfs /dev/disk3

4. Mount the partition in /tmp without loosing files that are already there:
mount -o union /dev/disk3 /tmp/

You're done. I guess that 10MB are enough if you need more please note that the hdik command as shown in step 1 needs the amount of 512 Byte blocks and not the size in Byte for the RAM partition. 1024 = 0.5 MB, 2048 = 1 MB, 20480 = 10 MB, 102400 = 50 MB. If you're confused then just take the size needed in KBytes, multiply it by 2 and use that value.



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No Disk after
Authored by: rk44 on Jan 20, '02 03:14:26AM

Very nice but I do'nt see my Disk when I used the Cd.
I'm on a french OS X.1.

What is the Unix Command to mount a Disc.
With Disk Utility I see the disk "unmounted".



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No Disk after
Authored by: rk44 on Jan 20, '02 03:18:05AM

Sorry it's was for the title "Bootable Cd OS X"
I's the first time I used thr forum



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Again, failure to read the instructions all the way thru...
Authored by: rusto on Jan 20, '02 10:46:19PM
Steps 7 and 8 from the MacFixit article referenced:

7. Still, if you want to mount your hard drive, you probably can do it. Charles offered this suggestion (which worked for us): From Terminal, type:

mount_hfs [/dev/disk?s?] [some folder]

where [some folder] is any empty folder on the CD (there are some in /var/tmp/) and [/dev/disk?s?] is the entry of the partition you want to mount (which you can find by typing in the Terminal when you're booted from the hard disk).

8. For example, we typed:

mount_hfs /dev/disk0s9/private/var/tmp/Mount01

While this worked, the drive still did not appear in the Finder. To get it to appear, we additionally needed to go to the Finder window for the CD, ideally in column view, and navigate to the /var/tmp/ directory. From here, double-click the Mount01 icon and the volume/partition should mount.
With the full contents of the hard drive now accessible, we could work with most applications as the root user. For example, we could play Chess or create a document in TextEdit.

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Again, failure to read the instructions all the way thru...
Authored by: bluehz on Apr 14, '03 10:36:05AM

I would love to see steps 7 and 8 but they are for members
only. Any possiblility of praphrasing without encroaching on
copyright laws. I personally stipped using MacFixit (along with
VT) when they went corporate (e.g. pay). Many other free
resources available and they couldn't even get my 2 day free
trial subscrciption right. Never did get that free trial.



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Create a customized bootable CD
Authored by: theanthrope on Apr 12, '03 11:05:01AM

I'm trying to create a bootable CD but BootCD doesnt' seem to be working. It asks me what to name the disk image and where to save it then I just get a "Please Wait, Creating disk image..." box with the barber pole progress bar that doesn't stop. I'm pretty sure I'm following the instructions properly.



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Create a customized bootable CD
Authored by: thatch on Jun 14, '03 01:03:54PM

I had the same problem. I just bought and downloaded DiskWarrior 3.0 and thought I would make a temporary bootable CD to supplement while the ordered one won't be here for two or three weeks. BootCD seemed to be the logical choice but it doesn't seem to be working for me with the same barber poll forever and no questions asked, just attempting to create the image right from the get go. I guess BootCD wasn't updated for the latest OS, 10.2.6.

Can't we just create a disk image with disk copy that will contain everything we need and be bootable?



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Create a customized bootable CD
Authored by: thatch on Jun 14, '03 01:26:30PM

Ooops! My bad. I just found that the author has updated BootCD to version 0.5.3 from 0.3 and it should now work as advertised. The reason I didn't find this out at first was because MacFixIt download library hasn't been updated with this latest version and that's where the discussion on BootCD had led me.



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Create a customized bootable CD
Authored by: aszandek on Apr 07, '04 07:37:04AM
Hi! The BootCD home: http://www.charlessoft.com Bye.

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