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    upgrading eMac to keep up
    Hello I'm new here and have very little knowledge about the inner workings
    of my terrific 2005 eMac.

    My 6 yr old Hp printer died. Read the reviews got a great all in one only to discover it is not compatible with my OS X 10.4.11; it needs v10.5 or 10.6. (which seems to be what all new printers require) ugh!

    what to do? Can I upgrade, and if so, which one? Would I need to add more memory? is all of this hard to do? is it expensive to do?

    this is my only computer. Main uses web surfing, word processing & LOTS of iTunes & iPhotos.

    computer specs:

    Machine Name: eMac
    Machine Model: PowerMac6,4
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.2)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 1.42 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 167 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.9.2f1

    thanks for any advice.

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    2008 15" MBP Yosemite, 2012 21.5" iMac Yosemite
    Well, I don't know much about eMacs, but you have a PowerPC and Snow Leopard is only compatible with Intel processors. So, the highest OS you can go is Leopard.
    64GB iPhone 6, 64GB iPad Air 2.

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    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Your eMac can be upgraded to 2 gig of ram...and as "MymacROX" mentioned...the latest OS it can be upgraded to is 10.5.8 "Leopard".

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    Imac 27", 3.3GHz, 512 flash storage, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra.
    Watch eBay etc for Leopard OS X.5 but make sure you purchase the black retail install DVD and not some silver/gray model specific disc which will not work. Expect to pay $100-$125 for Leopard.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    thanks
    Thanks to those that have responded, I'm pointed in the right direction now.

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    g4 ibook 1.2/512 leopard, 2007 MacBook 2.0 c2d lion, 20" imac 1.8 cd , 2010 mac mini
    i'd watch craigslist or ebay for a retail copy of leopard which is version 10.5. only buy it if it is a retail copy, as the disks that come with a certain computer will only work on that computer. leopard is great, but is expensive from what i hear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by G4 ibookboy View Post
    leopard is great, but is expensive from what i hear!
    Really? I'd hardly call $100 - $150 "expensive" for an entirely new/improved OS. Especially when it's a move from Tiger to Leopard. Wouldn't you pay that to go from Vista (or XP) to Windows 7?
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    g4 ibook 1.2/512 leopard, 2007 MacBook 2.0 c2d lion, 20" imac 1.8 cd , 2010 mac mini
    i would pay that for any of apples operating system upgrades but don't think id pay $5.00 for any of microsofts windows releases..... i have windows 7 on a new laptop i use at home and leopard on my late 2004 ibook g4 blows windows 7 away!

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