Solved: Panther - Change Startup Device

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NitroNic

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Take a deep breath...


I work in a corporate environment... so we have stuff significantly more secured than a home user would typically have.

I have a question about changing startup devices on Mac OS 10.3.9 (Panther). We have set Open Firmware security mode to "command," which (as far as I understand it) prevents a user from changing boot arguments, so pressing certain key combinations at startup to boot to an alternative device will do nothing.

We ran some software from Coriolis Systems, iDefrag, and booted to CD. This was acheived by specifying the startup device from the OS (requiring admin authentication). But this apparently is a permenant change. So now that I booted to a CD, I'm stuck booting to a CD, because key combos at startup won't change the boot device, and I can't boot to the OS to change the boot device (do I smell a parodox?).

Is there perhaps some utility from the Mac OS Installation CD that will allow me to boot from the CD, and then somehow authenticate to an account that's on the system's normal Boot volume, and then change the boot device? Or possibly a jumper that can be moved physically inside the case to reset the Open Firmware?

Thanks for reading my novel, and any help is much appreciated.


Nic
 
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Yes, the Installation disk has a "Startup Disk" program (in one of the menus) where you can choose the appropriate disk to boot from.
 

NitroNic

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VegasACF said:
But only by you or an admin.
Thanks. It took me a bit to figure out how... I've never marked one solved before, I was assuming only admins could.
 
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