bootable usb-stick forPB G4 17" ?

Lars Noodén lars.nooden at
Fri Apr 25 20:03:21 UTC 2014

> On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM, <farinet at> wrote:
>> I vaguely someone here (Nio Wiklund???) described 2 years ago or
>> so, how to make and how to boot a PB from a usb stick into
>> live-lubuntu. Or is my memory failing? If i remember right, please
>> could you point me to a link where i can learn your solution?
>> I'd like to install lubuntu 14.04 on a PB G4 17" but i see the iso 
>> largely exceeds the cd-rom maximum ...
>> Thanks a lot in advance!

On 25.04.2014 22:45, Britt Dodd wrote:
> AFAIK, OpenFirmware on the Powerbook G4 will not boot from USB
> devices, except if its a CDROM. Or at least that was what I found
> when trying to install Ubuntu/Gentoo/Lubuntu on my PBG4.
> Unless the drive isn't stock, I believe all Powerbook G4's should be
> able to read from and boot from DVDs, so you may want to consider
> burning a DVD for use with Lubuntu, if you're able to.

I boot from USB stick on a Titanium PowerBook G4.  Use dd to put the
image onto the stick then do something like the following at the OF boot

	boot usb1/@1:2,\\yaboot

It will be either usb1 or usb0 depending on the port used.


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