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VirtualBox: boot CD from shared computer?

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Post time: 2014-02-16 18:50:50 |Show all posts
Using the Mac mini
This is a bit complicated. While my iMac is in repair service, someone has borrowed me a Mac Mini with a screen. This one doesn't have a CD drive. Someone else borrowed my an external CD drive, but there's no such plug on the Mac Mini it seems, so I can't use it.
I really need this CD for learning. I can't copy it onto the computer, it's made on purpose so people don't share it amongst them as always. So I really have to use the CD.
One possibly solution someone told me was to insert the CD in my mom's old eMac, go to her Preferences and allow CD / DVD sharing.
Now this works fine, but thing is, the CD is a windows CD only. It's a learning application that runs only on Windows. I have VirtualBox on the Mac Mini, but can I boot a CD that is basically a "shared" CD? In the bottom right corner of the VirtualBox screen I have this little CD icon. On my iMac I would click it, and select the drive that I want to use. Here I have no choice it seems. I can only click on "Choose file for virtual CD / DVD medium" or something like this. A browser opens, I can then select my Mom's eMac and even the CD, even the .exe of the CD, but I can't launch. But I believe I did something wrong, I think I need to select the CD drive from my Mom's eMac on my Mac Mini via this VirtualBox option, right? Compplicated, huh...
Please help me guys, I really need this !!!
All help is greatly appreciated!

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Post time: 2014-02-17 01:42:20 |Show all posts
When you say you couldn't get it to boot, do you mean on your Mac or on VirtualPC / VirtualBox?
I have no problem at all booting it up on the Mac. Here's exactly what you need to do, to run the CD on a disc-less Mac like you say:
- Go to a Mac that can take discs
- Insert the disc
- Go to System Preferences
- Go to "Shared" (I think that's what it's called in English)
- Click the box "CD / DVD"
There's also another box, if it's ticked it, a message will appear when someone tries to access the CD from another computer (disc less in your case), and you will have to allow them.
I simply unchecked it...
So after I've done that, I went back to my computer, and all you do then is:
- Go to finder
- A new category called "Shared" should appear in the left column
- Click it
And you'll find the CD or DVD somewhere there. Very pratical!
As for booting it up in VirtualPC, I just bought an external disc drive today for 30 €... because apparently you can't select a shared disc drive as your virtual drive in VirtualBox. So far everything works fine  Although I don't think you were talking about VirtualPC.

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Post time: 2014-02-16 23:48:08 |Show all posts
ive tried booting off of shared cds since apple removed the ability " remote install os/x " and i could never get it to boot. if you know how to boot say a disc warrior cd from a shared drive to a disc less mac like a mac book air, i wish you would provide instructions. as far as i know, you cannot access the boot sector via sharing
if i am incorrect i apologize, but the easiest way is to make a iso

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Post time: 2014-02-16 21:53:48 |Show all posts
Of course it's possible, you need to turn on CD & DVD Sharing in your System Preferences, when I put the CD in my mom's eMac I can see it appear on the Mac Mini that I have right now.
The issue here is how will I boot a shared CD in VirtualBox?
Forget about making in ISO image, the CD needs to be in the drive and it needs to be connected to the internet all the time, trust me, I know what I'm saying
Thanks for the help though.

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Post time: 2014-02-16 20:17:28 |Show all posts
i dont understand your question, but theres no way to boot from a cd on a shared disc. i think this used to be supported by remote install os x , but they removed it in later versions of os x.
use a utility like toast to make a iso image of the original CD and use that file as a boot

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