I have a PowerMac G4 (AGP) with a working copy of Mac OS 9.2, and a corrupted copy of OS X 10.3. I would like to either reinstall Panther, or upgrade to Tiger. The catch is that for several reasons I am unable to use the CD drive to perform this installation, and am thusly relegated to using USB (I have no FireWire drives or other PPC Macs with which to perform a Target Mode install.). So my question is: how would one make a bootable Mac OS X 10.3/10.4 USB install disk(s) using self-made rips of the CDs?
In the past I have successfully installed Mac OS 9.2 via USB on this machine, however 10.3 always begins the boot process, only to hang on the "Still waiting for root" screen (White background, grey prohibitive logo), and 10.4 always gets as far as the Apple boot logo, only to hang there and stop accessing the USB drive all together.
Any help is appreciated, but please skip the generic "Are you sure it's a genuine CD?" and "Try resetting the PRAM/NVRAM/SMC". Yes I am sure they're genuine, and I have already tried that. I am almost certain the problem is with the way I am making the installer (ripping ISO via Disk Utility, and burning to USB via dcfldd or dd).
UPDATE: 01/04/2019 To those reading this out of curiosity or to perform the process yourselves, I found that my Tiger CD was corrupted, thus was the image as well, which explains why it was unable to read part way through the boot process. As for the Panther CD I never did figure out why it wouldn't boot, however I did discover the reason the Panther USB hung at the "Still waiting for root" screen is because the USB drive had insufficient power to act as a boot drive when plugged into the Mac's USB ports. I ended up buying a Leopard CD, making a USB installer out of it, and using an externally powered USB hub to circumvent this lacking power draw. I am happy to say the G4 is now chugging along on a copy of 10.5.8, albeit a bit slowly and with animations disabled.