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GreenLantern
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2004-10-08, 20:02

is there a way to install osx not using the native cd/dvd reader that comes with the computer. my slot load on my imac g3 does not work properly, so i am thinking of getting a new reader, but could i use an external cd reader or install is using another computer? much thanks for any help given.
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Luca
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2004-10-08, 21:05

Yeah, I have installed OS X from a DVD-ROM drive in a Firewire case. It works fine.
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GreenLantern
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2004-10-08, 22:41

Hey Luca,

Much appreciated for your help on both problems. I'm try through an external first, but would probably go get a new slot loading to fix it. Thanks again.
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FFL
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2004-10-08, 22:48

certain brands of internal mechanisms in an external may not be Mac-bootable. I'd check the database at http://forums.xlr8yourmac.com/drived....drivedb.lasso for internal mech. brands that are bootable, and making sure that you get an external that is bootable.

Especially Beware Of LaCie. They use a different internal mech. every week and you never know what you are gonna get.
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2004-10-08, 22:51

Also - you may need to hold down the Option key upon startup, and select the OS X Installer volume from the startup selector screen, unless you use the Startup system pref to select the Installer disc as startup before you shut down.
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2004-10-08, 22:54

EDIT: added to thread title to clarify and to aid serches for this question
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Luca
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2004-10-08, 23:04

FFL, for your own reference, I posted some information on replacement optical drives in this thread. I don't know if any of them appear at the XLR8 drive database, but those are all available brand new from NewEgg for around $70.
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