I decided to finally upgrade my PPC MacMini from Tiger to Leopard.

Problem: Mac Mini refuses to read the DVD despite the DVD working fine on my MacBook Pro.

Solutions:

  • Install Leopard from iPod: Failed. My MacMini refused to boot from the iPod even though I'd used an Apple Partition Map and put it into forced disk mode. Likely culprit: I was using an USB rather than a Firewire iPod
  • Network Install: Didn't try.
  • Install from external dvd drive: Don't have one. But....
  • Target Disk Mode: Nifty Firewire trick. Restart your MacBook Pro in target disk mode, connect to Mac Mini via Firewire, put the DVD into your MacBook Pro, it appears immediately on the Mac Mini and install proceeds just as if the DVD was in the Mac Mini. Very sweet. Sucked that I couldn't use my MacBook Pro during the install though.

So, I now have a very nice Leopard install on my Mac Mini. Now to re-compile all my MacPorts installs…