12 Replies Latest reply: Apr 19, 2011 1:08 PM by brownee019
ncroft Level 1 (0 points)
Will eMac run Garageband? And is it able to burn CD's?

eMac, Other OS
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,396 points)
    Which version Garageband?

    What OS version is the eMac running?
  • ncroft Level 1 (0 points)
    I was just wondering because i saw one for sale it think it was 10.4 TIger
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)
    Most of the components in iLife '08 and earlier, including GarageBand, will run on an eMac presuming all the other system requirements are met. Without knowing the specs on the eMac, we can't be any more definite than that.

    I would suggest avoiding an eMac unless your budget is really small. The eMac is quite old now and is getting harder and harder to get repaired should it need service (and they tend to be a bit prone to video problems). If at all possible, look for an Intel-based Mac, perhaps an early Mac mini, or you're going to find that a lot of software won't run.

  • ncroft Level 1 (0 points)
    Yh my budget is quite low and i need something to work along side my macbook
  • ncroft Level 1 (0 points)
    Do you any website's that sell cheap iMacs? Or Not
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,396 points)
    Craigslist. I don't know if there's an Eastbourne site though.

    Of course e-bay.
  • ncroft Level 1 (0 points)
    Yh we tried that but their mostly Faulty
  • ncroft Level 1 (0 points)
    Are eMacs able to burn CD's and DVD's?
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)
    It depends on the model and what optical drive was included. Apple offered configurations with various different drives over the years.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 (33,977 points)
    See this recent thread:


    If you decide to go with an eMac, the 1.42G is the only way to go. Reasons are in that thread.
    The 1.42G eMac shipped with a minimum of a Combo Drive (reads/writes CDs; Reads DVDs). If you must burn DVDs, get one with a SuperDrive.

    The biggest problem with buying an eMac from eBay or, really, any non-local source, is the high cost of shipping as 50-pound (23kb) object. That can account for a significant percent of the purchase price.

    If you are keen of watching online video or streaming video, no G4 will do it well any more. Even some G5 Mac owners are reporting trouble. Modern web video is optimized for Intel processors. Like others here, I suggest an Intel Mac. My daughter has an entry-level Intel Mac Mini that runs circles around our most-capable G4 Macs. And a Mini weighs only about three pounds--cheap shipping.
  • ja928 Level 1 (0 points)
    Newegg has a clearance going on. I'm not sure on the specs but this is OSX 10.4.

  • brownee019 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can run GarageBand on your eMac if you have the following:

    • Mac OS X v10.5.6 Leopard or      later
    • Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster)processor.; iMovie requires an Intel-based Mac, Power Mac G5 (dual2.0GHz or faster), or iMac G5 (1.9GHz or faster); GarageBand Learn toPlay requires an Intel-based Mac with a dual-core processor or better.
    • 512MB of RAM; 1GB recommended.  High-definition video requires at least 1GB of RAM.
    • Approximately 4GB of available      disk space.
    • DVD drive required for installation.
    • QuickTime 7.5.5 or later (included).
    • AVCHDvideo requires a Mac with an Intel-based Core Duo processor or better.24-bit recording in GarageBand requires a Mac OS X compatible audiointerface with support for 24-bit audio. Please consult the ownersmanual or manufacturer directly for audio device specification andcompatibility.
    • Burning DVDs requires an Apple SuperDrive or compatible third-party DVD burner.
    • Some features require Internet access and/or MobileMe; additional fees and terms apply.


    Most later eMacs depending on their currently installed drive can burn CD's.  Having enough RAM especially with GarageBand is important because it tends to be slow.  I recommend at least 1gb, because I have 512mb.