Member Since: Oct 05, 2009
Mac Specs: 2011 13' Macbook Pro i5
12-06-2010, 04:17 PM
Originally Posted by pigoo3
If the price is right...I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a 1.25ghz eMac...assuming that it was working fine when purchased. But the first thing I would do when I got my hands on it would be to open it up to see what the condition the capacitors were in. If they are fine, swollen, or leaking.
I got lucky...and purchased a "low-mileage" 1.25ghz eMac from a local person off Craig's List about 2 months ago for $50 dollars (no shipping).
Many of the eMacs on e-Bay are from academic settings (since eMacs originally were designed as an education market computer...that's what the "e" in eMac stands for (education))....where the seller buys the eMac by the pallet load...then resells them on e-Bay. So many of these eMacs have lots & lots of usage hours on them...which can be hard on the CRT display.
On the positive side...if these e-Bay 1.25ghz eMacs have lots of hours on them (and they're still working)...then maybe these 1.25ghz eMacs don't or won't have a problem with the capacitors...if they've survived this long without a capacitor problem.
Also...if someone has the skill to replace the capacitors (if they have an 1.25ghz eMac with a capacitor problem)...the repair parts needed I believe cost less than $30 dollars.
Lastly...if a 1.42ghz eMac can be purchased for just $15 dollars more than a 1.25ghz eMac...then I would go for the 1,42ghz eMac. Because the 1.42ghz eMac:
- is the fastest eMac ever made
- has better graphics hardware
- has a faster "combo drive" (8x vs. 12x)
- possibly a larger hard drive
- and no issues (AFAIK) with capacitors
Hope this helps,
I would imagine that replacement of the capacitors would not be that hard (I am skilled in soldering and such) my fear is that bulging caps tend to like going boom, if you know what I mean.
Here is the $99 1.42 emac: APPLE eMAC POWERPC G4 1.42GHZ/512MB/80GB HD/DVDROM/CDRW - eBay (item 160514275750 end time Dec-07-10 11:13:33 PST)
Here is the $85 (With shipping) 1.25: APPLE eMac A1002 G4 1.25Ghz/256MB/40GB/CD 17" d - eBay (item 270672571347 end time Dec-07-10 07:24:02 PST)