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startup will not recognise bootable cd's ????
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Sep 22, 2001, 03:18 PM
 
Hey guys,

hoping you can help me out with my problem.

My startup control panel is not recognising bootable cd's (I have tried several including the official mac os 9 cd's that came with my computer).

Also, when I hold down c during bootup, it doesnt boot off the cd.

Otherwise everything is fine. But this is a major bummer.

I am running Mac OS 9.2.1 and version 9.2.3 of startup (but have also tried with 9.2.2).

My computer is :

Indigo Ibook fw
192mb PRAM

Any assistance or references would be greatly appreciated.

MacBook Alu, 13", 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, 256MB video
G5 Imac, 17", 1.9Ghz, 1.5GB RAM, 128MB video, built in isight, airport and bluetooth
Indigo iBook, 366mhz; 320MB RAM; CD; FW; Airport
     
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Sep 22, 2001, 11:22 PM
 
Where did you get Startup Disk 9.23?

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Sep 23, 2001, 04:47 PM
 
thats my mistake, its actually 9.2.2.

Not that it makes any difference to my question.

24 hrs without a response... does anyone have any info than can help?
MacBook Alu, 13", 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, 256MB video
G5 Imac, 17", 1.9Ghz, 1.5GB RAM, 128MB video, built in isight, airport and bluetooth
Indigo iBook, 366mhz; 320MB RAM; CD; FW; Airport
     
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Sep 23, 2001, 10:51 PM
 
Reset the PRAM.

Apple-Option-P-R at startup; let go after the third chime.
     
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Sep 23, 2001, 11:55 PM
 
Originally posted by Chimpmaster:
<STRONG>thats my mistake, its actually 9.2.2.

Not that it makes any difference to my question.

24 hrs without a response... does anyone have any info than can help?</STRONG>
Reseting the PRAM helps, as does a clean install. I had the same problem, but as I was doing a clean for OS X anyway (so OS X had a clean 'classic'), it wasn't any trouble for me.

Cheers,

T.
     
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Sep 24, 2001, 12:15 AM
 
thanks cipher & EBOT.

Ive just tried resetting the pram, and it didnt seem to work.

Ill explain exactly whats happening.

When I go to the startup disk control panel, I can see three items.

1) My hard drive

2) My osx cd

3) my network disk (doesnt really exist).

Now, 1 & 3 and selectable, but the osx install cd, I can only click the arrow and view the system folder. Its greyed out and I cant selct to boot from it.

Should I be able to select it? I imagine I should.

Also, when I double click on the OSX install icon on the cd, it reboots, but it doesnt boot up off the cd. Not even if I hold down the c button.

I thought it must be a faulty cd, but it now does the same thing for my os 9 cd. So you guys reckon a format is the way to go?

WHy do you think this problem is occuring? Its a bit of a concern to me...
MacBook Alu, 13", 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, 256MB video
G5 Imac, 17", 1.9Ghz, 1.5GB RAM, 128MB video, built in isight, airport and bluetooth
Indigo iBook, 366mhz; 320MB RAM; CD; FW; Airport
     
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Sep 24, 2001, 12:18 AM
 
Also,

How can I format my hd if I cant boot up off a cd??
MacBook Alu, 13", 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, 256MB video
G5 Imac, 17", 1.9Ghz, 1.5GB RAM, 128MB video, built in isight, airport and bluetooth
Indigo iBook, 366mhz; 320MB RAM; CD; FW; Airport
     
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Sep 24, 2001, 02:14 AM
 
Originally posted by Chimpmaster:
<STRONG>Also,

How can I format my hd if I cant boot up off a cd??</STRONG>
If you boot off a Mac OS Install disk, just use Drive Setup in Utilities folder to format your hard drive.

and yes, you should be able to select your OS X CD as Startup Disk.
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Sep 24, 2001, 02:48 AM
 
ae77,
the whole point is, its not letting me boot of an os cd.

(I do know how to format/initialise an unmounted hd by booting off a mac os cd, you know).

So I either need to enable my mac to boot of my os cd somehow, or I need to format a mounted drive (ie the one im booting off). And I dont like my chances of that!

Im going to have a fiddle with my settings at home tonight, and I let you all know how i go..

In the meantime, any help would be appreciated!
MacBook Alu, 13", 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, 256MB video
G5 Imac, 17", 1.9Ghz, 1.5GB RAM, 128MB video, built in isight, airport and bluetooth
Indigo iBook, 366mhz; 320MB RAM; CD; FW; Airport
     
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Sep 24, 2001, 06:51 AM
 
Everything is now ok (yay).

I resetted my pram again and then initialised the hd and started from scratch (it finally let me boot from the cd).

Now Im running osx for the first time and loving it.

Gees its amazing. Different to what I had expected. It really is a revolutionary OS and a completely different experience from anything I have used b4.

This is me very happy right now
MacBook Alu, 13", 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, 256MB video
G5 Imac, 17", 1.9Ghz, 1.5GB RAM, 128MB video, built in isight, airport and bluetooth
Indigo iBook, 366mhz; 320MB RAM; CD; FW; Airport
     
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Sep 25, 2001, 06:41 AM
 
I suppose an alternative solution would just have been to make the current system folder invalid by something like moving the System file out of the system folder, causing it to look for another startup disk. But that's just guessing.
     
   
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