Converting .iso files with a Mac PowerBookG4

January 27, 2011 at 12:56:20
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition
How do I burn a CD from an .iso file to an .exe. I am using a PowerBook G4 to burn the CD. I am trying to repair my booting capabilities on a eMachineW3080 desktop with pre-installed Windows XP Home Edition.

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#1
January 27, 2011 at 13:40:01
You cannot, at least to my knowledge, convert a CD image to a Windows executable file, if this is what you are attempting. You can, however, build either an .exe or a .hta if you wish to build a program. If you enjoy working with Windows command scripting, then you can also convert .cmd or .bat files to .exe.

Out of curiousity, why exactly do you want to convert the disk image to an .exe?--what are you trying to accomplish by doing so?

Do you mean that you want AutoPlay to be enabled on the disk image that you are burning? Or, do you mean that you simply want the image to be bootable to fix your machine?

In this case, on your Mac, pop the disc in, and when prompted, open Disk Utility. Click Burn with no discs selected in the side pane. From there, go to the disc image you want to burn to the CD. OS X will start burning the image in question to the disc, and will either mount it to the desktop or eject it upon your request when finished burning it. If you choose to burn the .iso on a Windows PC, download ImgBurn (for free), and once installed, pop the writable CD in. Open ImgBurn and tell it to Write Image File to Disc. Click the Explorer folder icon and find the image you want to burn. Click the page to CD icon, and burn the file. On a Linux PC, right-click the .iso file directly, once you've popped the CD in, and click Burn Image to Disc... in the context menu. However, this may vary by distribution.

This is about the best advice I can give for now. Hope this helps you do what you want to do.


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#2
January 27, 2011 at 14:22:11
The program that will fix my computer program is downloadable but it comes as an .iso file that has to be converted. I am using my friends Mac PowrBook so I did not know if this would be a problem.

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#3
January 28, 2011 at 15:14:29
OK--the .iso then is bootable/runnable?

You do not need to convert an .iso to an .exe. What you can do is you need to burn the image to an optical disc (e.g. CD writable or DVD writable) depending on which of the two your burner can burn.

The instructions for burning an .iso to disc are given for OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7, and Linux as well for you in the last post. I can even re-copy what I wrote earlier, and divide it by OS:

-- On your Mac, pop the disc in, and when prompted, open Disk Utility. Click Burn with no discs selected in the side pane. From there, go to the disc image you want to burn to the CD. OS X will start burning the image in question to the disc, and will either mount it to the desktop or eject it upon your request when finished burning it.

-- If you choose to burn the .iso on a Windows PC, download ImgBurn (for free), and once installed, pop the writable CD in. Open ImgBurn and tell it to Write Image File to Disc. Click the Explorer folder icon and find the image you want to burn. Click the page to CD icon, and burn the file.

-- On a Linux PC, right-click the .iso file directly, once you've popped the CD in, and click Burn Image to Disc... in the context menu. (However, this may vary by distribution.)

Please burn the .iso (CD image) to a disc. From there, you can open whatever executables are in the disc or you can boot from it if the disc supports it. I really hope everything works out with it.


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#4
January 28, 2011 at 18:01:16
Thank you so much. I tried the disk utility, I think the broken PC is older and the Mac was making CD-ROM XA disks. Lucky I found a Mac site and one person recommended Toast and I had noticed that application on my friend's powerbook. Unfortunately the original owner of this laptop passed away just about a year ago, so I am blessed just to have something to use while I am trying to fix this PC. I only have a couple of more days use so I am doing my best to make this work. Thanks for your support because failure is not an option. I will keep you posted as my results.

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#5
February 8, 2011 at 01:07:29
I was finally able to burn the file and have booted Ubuntu 10.10, but... now I only get half of a screen. I only see the top half. Thank you for helping with the burn issue. If I can correct this screen issue I will be able to retrieve my files on my broken PC.

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