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Boot PowerPC Macs via USB 2.0 drives
Authored by: jcgats on Apr 28, '10 10:16:11PM

Hey guys!

I've Installed OS X 10.4 on a PowerBook G4 via USB hard drive using this steps since the optical drive is busted. I've been trying to install Tiger on PowerBook G4 for 4 days now with no luck until I found this site. I tried using my iPod via firewire but that didn't work.

So here's how I did it:

1. I've copied the OS X 10.4 image file i downloaded via torrent to my USB hard drive using disk utility on my Snow Leopard Hackintosh. Make sure to format your USB hard drive to be bootable for PowerPC.
2. Connected the USB hard drive on PowerBook G4
3. Accesed Open Firmware by holding Command+Option+O+F at the same time
4. On Open Firmware screen type "devalias" (without the qoutes)
5. then type "printenv boot-device"
6. type "boot usb1/disk:3,\\:tbxi" press return, it will automatically boot the USB hard drive and installation will begin.

Thanks to "CHerbold" for posting this great idea and to "livingsilver" for making it work. I hope this will help other PowerBook G4 users out there.




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