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I've recently recieved an old iMac from a friend (model: iMac 4,2). As I enjoy fiddling around with pc's I decided to install Ubuntu on it to relieve some of the pressure the current OS (Mac 10.4.11) has on the system. So I want to replace the Mac OS X with Ubuntu.

I'm really new to the Linux world but enjoying the diversity of the operating system(s).

Anyhow, I burned the Ubuntu iso on a CD and inserted it in the old mac. Result is that it doesn't know what to do with it. I keep getting the folder with question mark in the boot screen. I've tried different Debian cd as well to see if that makes a difference. It doesn't.

Is there something I missed? I've followed all the steps and the ubuntu and Debian CD both boot on my current (main) computers. Running Chrome OS, Mac OS X, and Windows 7. So it seems to be with the mac.

Specs: OS: Mac OS X (10.4.11) (working!) Processor: 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo RAM: 512 MB DDR2 Hard drive: 180GB SATA @ 5400 RPM

Help me out here, it'll be much appreciated!



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I've tried searching for similar problems as well, no result! –  Viince1 May 10 '13 at 14:33
Did you burn the disc on the iMac? Just wondering if the optical drive is bad. –  douggro May 10 '13 at 14:50
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