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What should I consider when buying an eMac?

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rockydurga Calculating status...
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Apr 28, 2012 8:46 PM

Instead of upgrading a Pentium 4 2.4 GB tower that I have is worth about 50 dollars, I am thinking of getting an eMac. The one I am considering, I believe,  is the lastest model made in 2005 or 2006.  When considering this model what should I look for or avoid?  I saw that some have defective mother boards.  Just want to get the best machine possible for that model.   Thanks for your input.  this computer wouldn't be used much but looking for general internet use, iphoto or iLife and something my 8 yo would eventually use for her school work. Also want to use a samsung laser fax printer with it.

  • Ashka Level 4 Level 4 (3,760 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 9:09 PM (in response to rockydurga)

    Download the freeware Mactracker if you you can check out the eMac models.(Mac only)  April 2002 > May 2005


    I owned an eMac years ago and loved it BUT, you cannot run modern software on it it's a PPC mac not Intel.

    It's also a large 25lb lump of a thing to move. Optional Wifi card & Bluetooth module were not usually installed.

    So probably no Wifi or Bluetooth, Internet via Ethernet only.

    The latest Operating system you can run on it is OSX.10.5.8 Tiger.  OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion is due out in a few months.

    Personally I wouldn't get one.. something smaller and newer would be far better.


  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 9:15 PM (in response to rockydurga)

    The best eMac, 1.42 Ghz/USB2 model is also worth about $50, it can run USX 10.5.8 & hold 2 GB of RAM, but what do you want to use it for exactly?


    Do you have a link to the one you're considering?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 10:54 PM (in response to rockydurga)

    Well, it'll work for the basics, price seems a bit high, & 512 MB RAM is quite anemic.


    Of course shipping on these monters may be $50-$100,,,



  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:30 PM (in response to rockydurga)

    No shipping is a real plus, & 1.5 GB is a plus, I'd go for it, but makesure it includes the OSX Install Discs, you'll needthem.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,610 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:12 AM (in response to rockydurga)

    Shipping is a real issue. These do NOT weigh 25 pounds as stated eariler--they weigh about 50 pounds.


    Avoid any eMac with less than the 1.42g processor. An advantage of the 1.42 not yet mentioned in it had a video chipset (ATI 9600) that has Core Image support, important for making OS 10.5 work well and it seems to help with web video, at least on our 1.42,


    Web video is, however a real problem. Few web developers are using video codecs that are optimized for a PowerPC Mac like the eMac. Even with the better video hardware in the 1.42 web video will have some choppiness. You can't fix that.

    eMac 1.42Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1.25G RAM + eMac 700mHz 768MB RAM
  • cosmichobo Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    May 27, 2012 9:34 PM (in response to rockydurga)

    If you missed that one...


    Just something else to consider is that eMacs manufactured circa June 2004 - some time in 2005 had a major risk of having bad caps.


    This didn't officially affect the 1.42GHz eMac, but some users on here did report it happening to their 1.42 model...


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