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I'd like to install OS X Tiger 10.4 on an eMac.  This has the Power PC G4 with 384M.  What I don't have is a DVD reader.

Can I use a DVD on a Widows PC over a local network, either directly or by copying the DVD contents to the Mac hard drive?
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You can either obtain a set of Tiger installation CD's (comes on 4 discs) to install directly or possibly use an external DVD drive (usb or firewire) to run the installation. You would probably need to hold down the 'option' key while booting to get to the external drive (holding the 'C' key doesn't always work with externals).

As for trying to do it via a Windows PC, wouldn't really work. Even if the Windows could read the disc (it can't without some third-party software), copying it to the Mac wouldn't fly either. You need to be booted from a separate system to install on your hard drive (the DVD for instance, is running the 'brains' while installing). If you were to partition the drive, you could possibly manage to get the info into that partition and run the installation from that partition, applying it to the first one. Of course, you'd want to backup all of your data first. But that's a really round-about way of doing it and would require making an image of the disc and applying that to the installation partition, something that you'd really need a second mac (with a DVD drive) to do.

If you did have access to a second, newer Mac with DVD drive (your own, friend, family, etc.), you could boot your eMac into Target mode (holding 'T' at boot-up) and connect it to the Mac (with a DVD drive) via firewire and use the Mac with the DVD drive to apply the installation to your eMac (treats it like a secondary drive). Once finished, disconnect and reboot. The End.
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My local Apple store says Tiger is only available on DVD.  I'm looking for an external dvd (borrow/rent).  I'm told I need firewire to boot from the external device on eMac.

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Hmmm, odd that your Apple store says that, since I have a copy of Tiger on CD. Maybe it's not available anymore. The copy I have is a couple of years old.

If you know someone else with a newer Mac, you can definitely hook the two together and install via the newer computer. Might be easier than renting.

Thanks for the points.
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