So Cmd-S at boot results in single mode user boot.
Does Option at boot allow one to choose drives to boot from, including an external USB disc with Mac OS on it ?
Does holding down the 'N' key at boot try to start a network boot? If so that might provide a way to bootstrap the box with ssh without removing the hard drive. -- Apparently it doesn't
Mac OS 10.4.7 Comparison
I have a minimal install of 10.4.7 for my Mac mini (Intel) on my internal drive, called 'Bootcamp Master'. This is because I boot from a FireWire drive, but Bootcamp will only install on an internal drive (and Bootcamp is required to be installed to allow Parallels to use the Windows partition).
The partition has the minimal install from the DVD's which shipped with the machine, and has not been updated. The only application installed is Bootcamp. --Jason 20:36, 29 March 2007 (CEST)
Could someone try this?
I don't have my Apple TV yet, but since we know that it will try to boot from USB, and the thing that stops it is most likely the AppleTV kernel USB whitelist (see here) couldn't you burn the Darwin 8.0 .iso from Apple and boot from a USB CDROM? That kernel should enable all the USB HID stuff and you could then mount the internal drive and modify away (i.e. copy ssh over, touch .readwrite, etc).--Dylar 01:45, 30 March 2007 (CEST)