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    upgrading eMac to keep up

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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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    upgrading eMac to keep up
    MYmacROX's Avatar
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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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    upgrading eMac to keep up
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    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    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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    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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    upgrading eMac to keep up

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

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    upgrading eMac to keep up

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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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    upgrading eMac to keep up
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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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    upgrading eMac to keep up

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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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