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    I apolgise if this has been done before... would be grateful for a few tips though.

    I've bought a second-hand eMac from a school that was clearing them out. It's running 10.4.11 with 256Mb of RAM. It didn't come with system disks.

    There's loads of the previous user's crap on there, and I just want to use it for a music studio. Am I right in thinking that:

    1. I can upgrade the RAM to 1GB? I've also read that it can take 2GB, but need some advice on that. I can do the memory installation myself.

    2. If I buy some 10.5 system disks, can I wipe everything and start again? This is just a case of starting up and holding 'c', right? Hope so.

    Sorry if I'm wide of the mark. I don't need much apart from a quick-ish computer running Garageband and a couple of other apps, so I'm grateful for any help.

    Sorry. Another question.

    If I buy some OSX 10.4 system discs (bit cheaper, and might be easier for the old eMac), do I have to buy them for a specific Mac model? An eBay search suggests that they are specific to different Macs.

    Thanks.

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    10.5 is for Intel Macs. There should be a model number and date on the back. I take it its a PPC model and 10.4 is what you want. You just have to make shure that the machine has its right firmware installed. You can get them from Apple for free. My OSX 10.4 disc is black with the silver X,its on DVD. If your CD drive is not DVD you can change it out. If its got 10.4 on it already I would just go throw it and clean out the Apps you do not want and run the system utilities to make shure its ok.

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    Click the Apple in the top left corner of the screen and on About This Mac. Post the specs here please. CPU Speed for one thing.

    That will tell us if you can run Leopard. The Retail version of Leopard will install just fine on a Power PC machine but it has to have at least a 867Mhz G4. Do not get a Machine Specific CD/DVD but the full Retail.

    Post the specs please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac SK View Post
    10.5 is for Intel Macs.
    Come on now...this is just absolutely 100% wrong!

    The primary recommended minimum requirement for OS 10.5 is that your computer has an 867mhz G4 processor.

    Here's the Apple link:

    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard installation system requirements

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    Absolutely correct Nick. Wonder if Mac SK actually meant to type OS X.6? This whole Intel nonsense as a 'must have' is just that. I have customers using their G3 iMac slot loaders with OS 8.6 and they are very happy Mac users also.

    To the OP if your eMac is a 1.25GHz, boost memory up to a minimum of 1GB, it will in fact handle 2GB, and by all means run Leopard. Here are the specs if she is a 1.25:-

    Apple eMac G4/1.25 (USB 2.0) Specs (eMac USB 2.0 - M9425LL/A*) @ EveryMac.com

    Even luckier if you have got a 1.42GHz machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Absolutely correct Nick. Wonder if Mac SK actually meant to type OS X.6? This whole Intel nonsense as a 'must have' is just that.
    It's possible, "Mac SK" may have meant OS 10.6...but then the "OP" did mention 10.5.

    But with all of the rumors floating around about 10.6 (that I've seen), although most of the rumors say 10.6 will be "Intel only"...I've seen other rumors that are still suggesting 10.6 may not be Intel only.

    But the consensus seems to be that 10.6 is Intel only.

    That's the problem with rumors...they're not 100% fact.

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    On 10.6 being Intel Only, it's right on Apple.com. Flat out says a Mac with an Intel Processor. With it right there in the specs for SL 10.6 by Apple, it's for sure.

    Right here under General Requirements:

    Apple - Mac OS X Snow Leopard - Technical specifications

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    '10.5 is for Intel Macs.'


    Read it again dtravis7 - the statement was 10.5 is for Intel Macs and that, as you know, is blatantly incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    '10.5 is for Intel Macs.'


    Read it again dtravis7 - the statement was 10.5 is for Intel Macs and that, as you know, is blatantly incorrect.
    I think you took my post wrong as I never said 10.5 will only run on Intel Macs. BUT only the retail version of 10.5 will install on a PPC Mac. The Gray DVDs of 10.5 that come with Macs are for Intel Only. They never made a 10.5 DVD that shipped with a Power PC machine.

    What was later said in answer to the poster who tried to say "10.6" might work on a Power PC. It will not. It's right in the URL on Apples page on Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard ACCORDING TO APPLE needs an Intel CPU. I was not the one that said 10.5 only worked on Intel hardware.

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    Wow Dudes,lets get testy. Most likey the Emac is not super new it came out of a school. I should of said 10.5 is for newer macs and most likely on DVD. Sorry I boobed up. Whip me whip me good. It did stir the pot,need more of that around here. Most likey the guy was looking at the DVD grey disc and would be better off fixing whats on the emac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac SK View Post
    Wow Dudes,lets get testy. Most likey the Emac is not super new it came out of a school. I should of said 10.5 is for newer macs and most likely on DVD.
    No problems Dude! Sometimes what we are thinking & what we write doesn't always come out the way we thought it would when someone else reads it.

    In regards to 10.5 & "newer macs"...this depends on how you define newer macs. Everybody's idea of "newer" is different.

    As mentioned above, Apple says you need a minimum of an 867mhz G4 processor...so that covers some G4's desktops & laptops, all the G5 computers, and all Intel based Mac's...

    ...God I hate saying "Intel Macs"...it just seems wrong!!!

    Believe it or not, a 867mhz G4 Tower was launched in July, 2001!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    No problems Dude! Sometimes what we are thinking & what we write doesn't always come out the way we thought it would when someone else reads it.
    Agreed completely. We all were just trying to help the OP with their question. Sometimes it's hard to pick the right words that everyone will understand.

    And to Mac SK, sorry if you were offended. There was so much being said then 10.6 Snow Leopard was thrown into the mix. Nothing against you at all!

    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    In regards to 10.5 & "newer macs"...this depends on how you define newer macs. Everybody's idea of "newer" is different.

    As mentioned above, Apple says you need a minimum of an 867mhz G4 processor...so that covers some G4's desktops & laptops, all the G5 computers, and all Intel based Mac's...
    For overall use 10.5 runs very well on the minimum 867Mhz G4. It's the OS on my main system which is an iMac G5 2.1Ghz. Runs very well there as well as on my G4 Mini.

    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    ...God I hate saying "Intel Macs"...it just seems wrong!!!
    I agree 100%! It took me quite a while to say Intel and Mac in the same sentence!


    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Believe it or not, a 867mhz G4 Tower was launched in July, 2001!!!
    In Computer age that is quite a long time. Things change so fast now a days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    It's OS on my main system which is an iMac G5 2.1Ghz. Runs very well there as well as on my G4 Mini.
    Wow...top of the line G5 iMac! Before you posted it, I didn't realize they made a G5 iMac that fast!

    I may have to try 10.5 on my G4 Mac-mini as well.

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    To identify your eMac model, just catch your finger nail into the crack along the top of the optical drive flap and pull it down. The label on the inside of the flap lists the serial number and full original spec. Early eMacs would only take 2 x 512MB PC133 DIMM's, later 2 x 1GB DDR SIMMS. They all benefit from maxing the memory, replacing the HD, all ATA, with a larger more realistic size, and possibly fitting a modern DL DVD writer while the eMac is open.

    The main problem a lot of the newer eMacs suffered from, mainly the 1.25 GHz model, was bulging capacitors on the logic board causing random freezes, sometimes with video distortion. Apple used to have a warranty extension for this, it's now expired. If you take off the bottom cover to expose the RAM slots and PRAM battery and you see any of the electrolytic capacitors bulging or showing brown deposits on the tops, forget about upgrading the eMac.
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    Thanks to everyone who responded.

    Sorry to sound like a complete noob, but is there a particular edition of the OSX 10.4 system discs I should have? Someone lent me the system discs from an iMac, and they didn't work. Also... where can I get them?

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