View Full Version : [ubuntu] burning an ubuntu cd with mac os x - how to?

September 17th, 2009, 06:38 PM
I want to install Ubuntu on a Pentium 4 system. I want to download it with a Mac running os X and burn a bootable disk to install on the Pentium 4 system.

Can this be done?

Also, how does one tell if they have 32 bit or 64 bit Pentium 4 in Windows XP

September 17th, 2009, 06:50 PM
I would use 32-bit Ubuntu, it is still fast, and will definitely work.

Here is a link how to burn in Mac OS X:


September 17th, 2009, 06:52 PM
nevermind, I misread.

September 17th, 2009, 07:05 PM
I find it easy to use this command using the mac terminal:

hdiutil burn ~/Desktop/Ubuntu-9.04.iso -speed 1 -noverifyburn -noeject

You just edit the path and name of the iso. Remove the -noverifyburn option if you want it to verify.

September 17th, 2009, 11:49 PM

just to be clear, I can download ubuntu for the PC intel onto the mac and burn the cd using that command line (in terminal) and it will work to boot the pc intel and install it to the pc

note: I am not installing the ubuntu on the mac (just using the mac as a tool to get and burn the disk for the pc)

September 19th, 2009, 06:35 PM
Yep. That's how I do it. My PC doesn't have a DVD burner, so I just download the .iso on my roommates mac and then burn it using the mac's DVD burner... Then use the disk to install on the PC.

September 19th, 2009, 10:28 PM
Did it and it worked great.