2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 31, 2012 8:12 AM by Allan Jones
mushoo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Helping a friend with an;

 

eMac usb 2.0 running 10.3.9

1GHz

1GB

Boot ROM - 4.8.2f1

 

He had a hard time accessing certain websites, which now that I'm caught up on info about eMacs might due to them no longer being supported by the latest flash and java.

 

The first thing I noticed when he brough it to me is that safari was no longer installed, he tried to update it, ended up trashing it.

I tried running the software update to see if it would reinstall that way, no dice.

Ended up on oldapps.com and tried reinstalling safari 1.3.2, which I think is that latest version this version of OS X will support. No dice here either, so I ended up going back all the way to safari 1.2(v125), which is the only install that actually worked, initially tried going back to 1.0. The problem is now I can't update this version any further, running software update never finds any updates available and trying any other versions from old apps doesn't work.

 

Any ideas?

 

While fiddling with this problem I thought it might just be easier to upgrade to the latest version OS this mac can handle which someone told me is 10.5.6 which I got a hold of but when trying to install crashes and prompts me to restart. (Had to replace the CD ROM with a spare drive DVD drive to be able to use it)

With this on the screen.

 

panic(cpu 0 caller 0x0036FFC): "Unable to find driver for this platform: \"PowerMac6,4\".\n"@/SourceCache/xnu/xnu-1228.9.59/iokit/Kernel/IOPlatformExper .cpp:1407

Latest stack backtrace for cpu ):

Backtrace:

0x0009BCF0 0x0009C694 0x00029EA0 0x0036FFFC 0x003454C4 0x00346618 0x003484C8 0x003475E8 0X00080e54

Proceeding back via exception chain:

Exception state (sv=0xaa2a00)

PC=0x00000000; MSR=0x00000030; DAR=0x00000000; DSISR=0x00000000; LR=0x00000000; R1=0x00000000; XCP=0x00000000 (Unknown)

 

BSD process name corresponding to current thread: Unknown

 

Mac OS version:

Not yet set

 

Kernel version:

Darwin Kernel Version 9.6.0: Mon Nov 24 17:39:01 PST 2008; root:xnu-1228.9.59~1/RELEASE_PPC

 

No debugger configured - dumping debug information

MSR=00001030

Latest stack backtrace for cpu 0:

Backtrace:

0x0009BCF0 0x0009C800 0x00029EA0 0x0036FFFC 0x003453C4 0x00366618 0x003484C8 0x003475E8 0x00080E54

Proceeding back via exception chain:

Exception state (sv=0xaa2a00)

PC=0x00000000; MSR=0x00000030; DAR=0x00000000; DSISR=0x00000000; LR=0x00000000; R1=0x00000000; XCP=0x00000000 (Unknown)

 

BSD process name corresponding to current thread:Unknown

panic: We are hanging here...

 

Don't have the original discs, currently looking to get a hold of a retail version of the original OS.

I have on hand a copy of 10.5.2 disc version 1.1 but it's from a Macbook. Would this be useful?


eMac, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,655 points)

    The problem is now I can't update this version any further, running software update never finds any updates available and trying any other versions from old apps doesn't work.

     

    Mostly it's tied to the OS version as to which Safari works. You could go higher with 10.4.x or 10.5.x, as is even more rigid Java & Flash.

     

    I have on hand a copy of 10.5.2 disc version 1.1 but it's from a Macbook. Would this be useful?

    No, Gray Discs are Machine specific, and with 10.5.x Intel Only, No PPC code on them.

     

    Leopard requirements/10.5.x...

     

        *  Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor

     

    minimum system requirements

     

        * 512MB of memory (I say 1.5GB for PPC at least, 2-3GB minimum for IntelMacs)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * 9GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

    Classic/OS9 Apps no longer supported.

    Trouble is Apple no longer sells it, check eBay & such for the Retail version, not the Gray Discs...

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=mac+os+x+leopard+retail+10.5

     

    Once 10.5.x is installed, can be updated to 10.5.8 for free...

    1058 Combo Update, 10.5.8...

     

    http://support.apple.com/downloads/Mac_OS_X_10_5_8_Combo_Update

     

     

     

    I think the most modern Browser for Panther/10.3.9 is Camino...

    http://caminobrowser.org/releases/1.6.9/

     

    Or iCab 4.8...

    http://www.icab.de/dl.php

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (32,995 points)

    That eMac is a special edition for certain educational customers that used the faster USB 2.0 logic board but with a 1.0Ghz processor instead fof the 1.25G processor of the first-issue "standard" USB 2.0 eMacs. Unfortunately, that also means the logic board could be from a group known to be defective. If it has one of the bad LBs, that could cause kernel panics that may not be economically feasible to repair.

     

    So let's check his serial number agaisnt the list of affected eMacs:

     

    • G8412xxxxxx- G8520xxxxxx
    • YM412xxxxxx - YM520xxxxxx
    • VM440xxxxxx - VM516xxxxxx

    Don't post his serial number--just let us know if it falls within one of the above ranges.

     

    If the computer won't run long enough to get the serial number from "About this Mac" or with System Profiler (the "More Info..." button in the "About this Mac" results window) yo ucan find it on a sticker inside teh optical drive door:

     

    /___sbsstatic___/migration-images/180/18004143-1.jpg

     

    It will help to know if this unit is among the "suspected" before attempting further troubleshooting, as the LB problems is, for most people, not something that can be fixed without professional help. A replacement  logic board, if you can find one that is not affected by the defect, costs many times more than a used eMac is worth today.