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    Question Upgrades?

    I'm primarily a PC guy. So I don't know much about Macs.

    A friend bought an eMac at a garage sale. It has a PowerPC G4 1GHz processor, 128MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, and a combo DVD/CD drive. The hard drive had been reformatted. I was able to re-install the Panther OS with the system restore discs. The original owner also gave us a copy of Tiger OS. I'm guessing that the reason the Tiger OS won't install is due to the fact that the Tiger OS requires 256MB of RAM. The software she wants to use (Adobe CS4 and Autodesk Maya) requires at least 1GB of RAM (preferably 2GB) and a PowerPC G5 processor.

    Now for my questions:
    1. Is it possible to upgrade the processor to a PowerPC G5 without buying a new motherboard?
    2. Is the maximum RAM really only 1GB? I know it uses PC133 memory sticks and that there are two slots for memory.
    3. If I can't upgrade the processor to a PowerPC G5 and the memory to 2GB, do you have any suggestions?

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Take a look at the information about upgrading eMac machines here.

    It looks like that some upgrading can be accomplished. Good luck and have fun.


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