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eMac 2005? - Airport Card and Bluetooth

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Apr 6, 2010 3:04 AM

I recently bought an eMac second-hand off of a high-school, and wanted to upgrade it a bit. I've already bumped the ram up to 2GB, and I pulled the whole thing apart and swapped the CD drive for a DVD writer (I had to go through about a couple I had lying around before I got one that worked perfectly), and installed a new HDD.

Now I come to the Wireless. As far as I know, I need an airport extreme card, and just slide it in and attach the antenna cord. The trouble is, there are different types for different eMacs, and I am having trouble identifying my eMac. I found this article (, but the last 3 digits of my serial number didn't match ANY of the ones listed there - the last 3 digits are T8J. Inside the CD-Drive flap, it also says 'EMC 2057', 'EMAC 17CRT/1.25GHz/256/40/CD' and '200-240VAC,1.75A,50-60HZ'. Checking the Specification pages (, I'm pretty sure that the eMac is a 2005 EDU CD model, but am still unsure. What wireless card do I need? can I get a specific part number, not just a 'Airport Extreme Card' or similar moniker?

Also, I've seen in a few places that the eMac could be configured with a bluetooth module, but the Apple specs page said it had to be factory-built in. Is this true, or can I install one regardless? (maybe find it on eBay?)

eMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • cosmichobo Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 3:38 AM (in response to nuclearpidgeon)

    If you had the 1.0GHz, that'd be tricky, but the 1.25GHz can only be the Airport Extreme card. So go for it.

    As to bluetooth... I've never heard of having it added (internally) after purchase... There are however 3rd party USB bluetooth dongles you can buy. Just need to get a USB hub, cos you'll start to run out of USB ports.


    eMac 1.25Ghz 1GB/160GB, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Repaired "bad cap" eMac
  • JMVP Level 6 Level 6 (16,840 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 8:00 AM (in response to nuclearpidgeon)
    Only thing I'd add to cosmic's post is the oft-repeated warning: the Airport extreme card is an extreme(ahem)ly tight fit in the eMac card slot. You really do need to keep pushing the card in after every tactile sense tells you the card is seated; push to just short of where the 50-lb eMac slides away from you to make sure it's really fully seated.
    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
  • spudnuty Level 5 Level 5 (5,250 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 8:48 AM (in response to nuclearpidgeon)
    Hey nuke,
    bought an eMac second-hand off of a high-school..I pulled the whole thing apart and swapped the CD drive for a DVD writer.. installed a new HDD.

    Since you bought it from a high school it would be an educational model and probably didn't have blue tooth installed.
    Here's the part numbers for originals (from service source):
    "Bluetooth Board
    Bluetooth Antenna (Not Shown)
    I also agree with the other two responders that the installation of the Airport Extreme takes some wiggling.
    iMac G5 1.8 GHz G4s:MDD 2X1.2 eMac1.2 17" iMac 800, iBook G4-1.2 14" ,2 X P-IVs, Mac OS X (10.4.11)


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