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New to the World Mac and I need help with the internet?

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jj1973 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 21, 2010 1:25 AM
Hi All,

I've purchased a second hand eMac from a local College last summer and I've finally got around to connecting it to the internet (after 20 + years of working and using PCs). All is great or I thought???

There is a few problems that I still encountered and hopefully someone can help?

The spec of the Mac is 1 GHz PowerPC G4 (768 MB SDRAM) running Mac OS X Vers. 10.3.9.

For the internet I connect via Safari 1.3.2 (v312.6). However, I cannot access Hotmail, selected sites outside of the UK and also when I go into Facebook the interface (layout) is a mess and I can't access various options available. I tried to download Safari 4.0.4. for SnowLeopard, but it won't allow it as I don't have the Billings of Materials?

Does anyone know how I can resolve the above or point me in the correct direction.

Many thanks in advance, JJ
Mac OS X (10.3.x), 1 GHz PowerPC G4
  • JMVP Level 6 Level 6 (16,840 points)
    Welcome to the Apple Discussions!

    Version 1.x of Safari is old in Internet years, and many sites using advanced coding (or non-standard coding) won't render properly. Later browser versions have more support for the non-standard HTML that for instance MS webpage programs generate as well as support for more recent authoring tools. Which is a long-winded way of saying you're on the right track, you need to update your browser.

    The later versions of Safari require OS X 10.4 or later. Your eMac can be upgraded to 10.4 or 10.5, but it'll be easier to first try a free third-party browser such as Firefox or Camino or Opera (Version Tracker and MacUpdate are good links to start from when looking for software and updates).

    Note: moving among different browsers on different platforms, I can confirm that it's all too common for sites to render differently, with layouts off from a little to a lot.

    As for being blocked from non-UK sites and Hotmail, if that still crops up with Firefox, check to see if the school that sold you the computer had proxy servers set yp that might be blocking some sites. You can also go to Apple menu, System Preferences, show built-in Ethernet or Airport depending on which one you use, click on the Proxies tab, and see if anything is checked/active there.
    eMac 700MHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 640MB RAM ABS Snow LaCie D2 HD; AL iMac 10.4.11 2 GB RAM; LaCie D2 DVD-RW
  • JMVP Level 6 Level 6 (16,840 points)
    10.3.9 was the last update to Panther 10.3; updating to 10.4 will make the eMac more responsive (10.5 may be more responsive yet or it may be slightly slower; opinions vary) but that will require finding a retail (black label) Tiger 10.4 / Leopard 10.5 Install disc for purchase. Model-specific (gray label) install discs won't work. You'd also realistically need a DVD drive (internal, or external using Startup Manager); there was a multiple-CD 10.4 exchange program for Macs without a DVD drive, but that program ended years ago.

    To get rid of the unusable-to-you Safari etc., you can just drag the downloaded .dmg file to the Trash. There are very few Mac programs that actually require running an uninstaller; you can usually delete a program by dragging it from Applications to Trash (and being very, very sure you're sure what you're deleting).

    Note that regardless of what platform you're on, Facebook and Hotmail can be glacially slow because of heavy demand on their servers. (The analogy is hooking up a fire hose to a garden faucet.) I've supported (or attempted to ) both of those applications on platforms from 6-year old Dell Windows XP to 6 week old MacBook Pro, and depending on time of day there may be no preceptable speed difference between the two.
    eMac 700MHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 640MB RAM ABS Snow LaCie D2 HD; AL iMac 10.4.11 2 GB RAM; LaCie D2 DVD-RW
  • Junior555 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 15, 2010 10:25 AM (in response to jj1973)
    Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade an emac to an Intel processor
    Emac 2005, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • JMVP Level 6 Level 6 (16,840 points)
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    Mar 15, 2010 11:24 AM (in response to Junior555)
    No. The logic board isn't upgradable.
    eMac 700MHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 640MB RAM ABS Snow LaCie D2 HD; AL iMac 10.4.11 2 GB RAM; LaCie D2 DVD-RW

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