[11/27/2014]***UPDATE#4: I know I said I was done in my last update and I wasn't really lying. I am done with Tiger, Leopard, and Snow Leopard. I have since moved on to more recent kitties. I already have two of them created. One for Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and one for Mavericks 10.9.4. Both work wonderfully. I'll be updating this section very soon for some much needed updates and post cleanup. Stay tuned!
[08/24/12]***UPDATE#3: As it goes with anything like this, eventually it has to end and that day is today for me. A few days ago I was heavily into it again and realized I was right back where I started around 2 years ago. I had Leopard working pretty well, I never seriously tried to fix Snow and Tiger never even got off the ground at all. I really did want to make these discs but ultimately they would have just wasted valuable space in the end, even if I did complete them. The regular install discs for each OS would still have provided most of the essential tools for repairing any Mac that supports them, plus you can reinstall with those, something the Live DVDs (mine at least) would have lacked. So this project is canned. I already deleted all my files and stuff that I was working with. Keeping it around would just encourage me to try again someday and I really don't need that. I apologize if someone was checking this page to see some updates or progress for whatever reasons but I can at least offer some advise for future guinea pigs to the project, assuming I remember much of it. Sorry but that's the best I can do. It was a fun trip and at the very least, I enjoyed the knowledge that came from it. I would also like to express my thanks to those who offered their advise throughout this little journey of mine, you all know who you are. Thanks again. Goodbye old thread, may you finally rest in peace.
[08/15/12]***UPDATE#2: Just did my first real attempt at it again and it went surprisingly well, considering I used nothing to reference from except my old files but with updated installs.
The good news is that Leopard (10.5.8) booted right up as expected. Although, I ran into an issue with apps not working/loading i'll have to try to track down the problem. Never ran into that one before though so i'm confused by it to say the least.
The bad news is I still don't have a method for Tiger (10.4.11) yet. There must be a way to netboot an image using it, I just don't know how. Too bad I can't get away with using Leopard's kernel for the booting/netboot process and on-the-fly switch it the Tiger kernel so it can continue with the booting process.
Finally, Snow Leopard (10.6.8) was almost a complete bust. I can only assume that my mkext was improperly generated. It boots single-user mode as expected but the rc.liveboot command fails with "no mountable volumes available" or something to that extent. I can understand since I used basically the same kextcache command for all three installs with minimal variation between them. I'll try it again as soon as I have time to disassemble my install and restore it to a drive for testing.
[08/10/12]***UPDATE: I started this project a little over 2 years ago. Long story short, I never finished it for a number of reasons that I won't go into here. That said, I have taken this one up again and hopefully can finish what I started so very long ago. The ultimate goal here is to have 3 individual, functional "live" images for 3 different OS X flavors (10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, and 10.6 Snow Leopard) that can be either burned to discs or restored to external media for the purposes of computer diagnostics or repair.
I would like to express thanks to STLVNUB, spartango, and Memorial. Each of them provided helpful tips or advise throughout the original thread from over 2 years ago and some were never properly thanked for their contributions. So again, thank you guys!
If any relevant progress is made, I will make it a point to update this thread accordingly.
Ok, maybe i'm just doing something very wrong but I cannot find any info on creating a LiveDVD that will boot/run on an actual Mac computer. I've tried the posted ways and tutorials to get it working but sadly those are really only for x86 PCs.
I was planning on making two seperate Live discs, one for Tiger & one for Leopard. I don't really care about Snow Leopard at the moment because it's Intel only and I wanted to make the discs as universal as possible (Intel/PPC Macs). I am not entirely sure that this can be done currently. I'm almost positive it can be but I don't really know how myself. I also don't know the limitations on how it can be done. For example, is there a certain update you can't go past. Like does 10.4.11 fail where 10.4.10 might succeed?
I have been messing with making discs for the past few days now with the information available. All of my discs fail to boot on my Real Macs...all of them and they just fail to boot on the PCs because I didn't design them to be bootable on them. I am pretty sure that these are possible on real Macs. From my experience, if you have a bootloader installed on your Mac (I use rEFIt) that will actually boot and list media with Chameleon RCs installed. Chameleon maintains the original boot record on the media aswell. So if this was attempted on say, a GUID partitioned USB external HDD, and had Chameleon RCx installed, it should work, so long as the bootloader is installed too (rEFIt in my case). Sadly, at this time a bootloader is needed as Chameleon is NOT seen by a Mac's default EFI loader. Hope all that babble makes sense, i'm quite tired and finally need to post this up.
If anyone has any info, a video, maybe a link or installer script to help me out, PLEASE inform me. I have searched and searched but no one can help me. If this is NOT possible on real Macs yet please let me know so I can stop wasting my own time and soooooo many DVD-Rs. I would really, REALLY like to get this working but I have no use for it on a x86 PC right now. These discs could prove to be very useful for diagnostic purposes. Thank you to anyone willing to help in advance. If you need more information please ask. Thanks again!