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Old 07-02-2004, 10:35 AM   #1
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Boot from a USB CD-Rom Drive

How can I boot my ibook from a external usb device? Is it possible?
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Old 07-02-2004, 10:38 AM   #2
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It'll be slow.. but put the CD in the external drive, boot the iBook and hold down Option. Eventually (it takes a while for the CPU to scan all the buses), all possible boot devices will show up. Click to select the one you want and click the (-->) right facing arrorw.
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Old 07-02-2004, 11:19 AM   #3
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Also in system preferences you can choose your start up disk as well and then reboot the mac and it will boot off that start up device.
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Old 07-02-2004, 01:19 PM   #4
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I don't know if things have changed with the G4 iBook, but it apparently is not possible to boot a G3 iBook from an external USB CD:

"Mass Storage Class driver: Supports booting from a USB storage device that follows the USB Mass Storage Class specification. Mass Storage Class drivers do not support CD, CD-R, or other read-only media types."

http://developer.apple.com/documenta.../iBook.46.html
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Old 07-02-2004, 02:42 PM   #5
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I am pretty sure that is no longer the case. The kbase article you linked is from Sept. of 1999. I am almost positive you can boot off external optical drives both usb and firewire using the boot option menu Yellow mentioned above.
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