[iBook] external firewire CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive

Mary H. maryh at brucetelecom.com
Mon Jul 30 19:45:37 PDT 2007

At 5:18 PM -0400 7/30/07, Janice F. Jorgensen wrote:

>See red below

Oh, yeah. ;-)

>  > you have no OS on the hard drive of the iBook - it's empty - correct?
>>  not really empty as it has parts of the install disk..but it won't 
>>boot to it.

Understood - no (usable) OS on the Book.

>If I just plug in the firewire cable to macbook and ibook.. I can 
>see the ibook hd on the macbook... And that is when I see the the 
>parts of the osx..from before....

Well, nevermind that there are "parts" of OS X left over from an 
incomplete install. You will be erasing that when you do (if 
possible) your install of OS X on the iBook.

So, now we need to find a way to get your iBook to gain access to the 
OS X install disk contained in the MacBook.

Try this:

Start by powering off both Macs.
Disconnect FireWire cable from both machines, for now.
(I assume the OS X install disk is still in the MacBook's optical drive)
Start up the MacBook (using the power button).
At the sound of the start-up chime, hold down T key on MacBook until 
you see the FireWire symbol moving around.
Connect FireWire cable to both machines.
Start up the iBook with the Option key held down.
Keep the Option key down until you see something on the iBook screen.
What, if anything, do you see?
(I'm hoping you will be given the option to start up from the OS X disk.)


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