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Using a MacBook as an external HD

I need to update my older iMac to the Tiger OS. The challenge is that the OS only comes on a DVD formated media and the iMac doesn't have the proper media reading device. I'm hoping that I can somehow the new MacBook as an "external" drive and from there install Tiger on the iMac.

Any guidance/suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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Try reading here: Apple
Even though the article refers to Leopard, it should work for Tiger.

Here is the catch: The iMac needs a FireWire port

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While you have .mts or .m2ts files from AVCHD camcorders of your friends or relatives, you may find it difficult to visualize the AVCHD videos on your iMac, MacBook Pro or iPhone 4. AVCHD is the advanced format for shooting videos in high definition with 1920x1080 or 1440x1080. Most AVCHD camcorders record HD videos in .mts format, while there are some in .m2ts format like Sony HDR-SR5.
Sony HDR-CX110, Sony HDR-XR520V and Canon HF S21, Panasonic HDC-TM700K and the like offer AVCHD videos in .mts format. While QuickTime Player does not support playing AVCHD videos, VLC media player may sometimes has problem with AVCHD videos, a quick Mac AVCHD to H.264 converter is needed to make MTS/M2TS videos visible on MacBook and even iPhone 4. Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is the best AVCHD to H.264 converter, which transcodes videos to Mac compatible MP4 format and deinterlaces AVCHD for playback on Apple computer and iPhone 4.
Below is the step-by-step guide for converting AVCHD MTS/M2TS to H.264 on Mac Snow Leopard for you to play HD videos on iPhone 4.
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After transferring .mts or .m2ts files from AVCHD camcorder to computer hard drive, run Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac as the best Mac AVCHD converter, and click the "Add" button to load HD 1080p AVCHD videos.
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For Full HD playback on iMac/MacBook Pro, just click the "Format" option and choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mov) or choose .mp4 output format. The output H.264 videos will play on Mac without problems.
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The old iMac G3 desktop was an excellent machine in its day. Today, it can still be a great little computer to scoot around the Internet, create graphics, manipulate photos, and do schoolwork or almost any other use you can imagine.

If you haven’t already upgraded to OS X 10.4 (Tiger), you should deeply consider doing this. Currently, this version of the Mac operating system is the earliest still being supported by major browsers, and is the newest that works well on the iMac G3. If you can’t upgrade to Tiger, consider using Panther (OS X 10.3).

After you update your operating system, download the latest version of your favorite browser. Remember; Microsoft stopped including Macintosh in its updates of Internet Explorer when Mac launched Safari, so all Mac versions are sorely out of date. Firefox, Opera, Camino and, of course the default Mac browser, Safari, are the best browsers for your iMac. If you can only use Panther, the Opera browser is the only one still including Panther in updates. Also, if you enjoy using Yahoo! Messenger, Panther and earlier are not supported by Yahoo! Messenger either. Unfortunately, time has marched on. You can, however, use the web version of Yahoo! Messenger through your browser.

Update your software using the Software Update feature found in the System section of the System Preferences dialog box. Changes to Java, QuickTime and other frequently used components have more than likely occurred since your OS was created and updates are important to keeping your machine running on today’s web.

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Once you have all these upgrades and updates, your little iMac will be the fierce web adventurer it once was. Happy computing!
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Try reinstalling via your macbook pro but this way round.Put the Leopard Disk into the Macbook and then start the Macbook in Target mode.on the iMac start it up and hold down the Option (or Alt) key then wait.after a short while you will be offered the HD in the MacBook and the DVD. Choose the DVD and see what happens.
What happens when you do it the other war arounds is that you are installing a startup system for the MacBook onto the HD of the G5 and not the system for the G5. The installer uses the firmware of the motherboard that is running the install to select the correct version.
Another issue is that the disk formatting may be wrong. it's unlikely seeing that you used disk utility from the DVD, but it is possible.
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It might be easier to just keep trying different media until you find one that works.

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4. Click "Settings" button to adjust audio and video parameters like codec name, bit rate, aspect ration, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channels(5.1 channels is included).
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