[K12OSN] Re: How to make a Mac default to network boot

Shawn Powers spowers at inlandlakes.org
Sat Jun 25 02:45:49 UTC 2005

Jimmy Schwankl said:
> Once you're in OS 9 you can set the default
> boot device from within the Startup Disk Control Panel.

This is really a simple way to do it too.  It doesn't matter if you even
have a hard drive in, booting to an OS9 install CD allows you to do it
too.  There is probably a way to set it manually in openfirmware, but
booting to a CD doesn't take too long.  You can use the same method to set
it back to booting to the hard drive too, if you dont' want to zap the
PRAM -- just boot from an installer CD again (holding C on startup) and
use the startup control panel to pick the hard drive.

(The holding down option key trick is nice too, although it doesn't set a
default.  It doesnt' matter what OS you have installed, or even if you
have a hard drive, it just matters if the computer's firmware supports


Shawn Powers
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Inland Lakes Schools
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