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I decided to try another DVD drive to see what would happen,and it recognized it and mounted the disk on the desktop.

I double clicked the install icon and let it reboot.  Wouldn’t you know it, the thing starts in with the installer.

So now I just have to get a replacement drive for it…  I would use the one I have, but the eject portion of it is a pain to get to work right.


CD Boot Woes

So I established that this $20 Mac I bought has a DVD drive in it, at least, but the problem I am having is that I can’t get it to boot anything. I have a Tiger upgrade CD and DVD disk and I am burning a PowerPC Ubuntu disk right now to test.

I have tried multiple disks, all of the bootup shortcuts: Holding C, Holding Option.  The main downside is that my monitor is in storage and I have it hooked up to the TV, so it does a weird “No Signal” for the 1st part of the boot and then comes on at the desktop. So the problem being that I can’t see anything on the screen to tell me if there is a menu or anything like that.

I guess my 2 options are to try and internally install another cd/dvd drive. Also I am going to dig out my 75 pound monitor (19 inch CRT) from storage if all else fails…



For an older computer I do have to say that this mac is pretty impressive.  I have it hooked up to the TV at 1080p, and I watched a DVD on it tonight (28 Weeks Later – Great Movie) and it didn’t lag or skip at all…  Going to load some updates and install some important software (games).  May be the best $20 I ever spent.