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Emac salvage?

30pin

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I came across a pile of emacs. They had been tossed off a truck, I picked up a couple of them as I dumped my stuff off. They are 2005 models with 1.42ghz cpu's. . THey are complete. One booted but no video, the other does nothing. The sticker on the cd door says they have 80gb hardrives. From what I have read, they are not overly good units. I am thinking I am going to strip out the ram, harddrive and combo drive to put in some of my older macs.. Then recycle the rest. Is there anything else that might be worth saving on these units??

 

mac-man6

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See if you can get one working unit. From there see if the problems are related to one specific component. The G3 iMacs commonly bad flyback transformers which would allow the computer to boot but nothing show on screen. Once you get one working machine you can swap motherboards and see if that's the issue.

 

30pin

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I was playing around with the Emac that did boot and the video came on. It boots to the loading screen and stays there. The apple screen with the spinning pinwheel. Left it running for 1/2 an hour but no change? I took the other one apart, there is white stuff all around the base of the capacitors(?) on the logic board. The hardrive is a 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda. I plugged it into my Performa 6340 but it would not show up on the formatting program? Is this hardrive to new to work in the earlier powermacs?

 

iMac600

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1.42ghz eMacs? Not a bad spec at all, my friend. 133mhz frontside bus with DDR memory and a 1.42ghz G4 is by no means a slouch of a system.

The eMac that does boot could just need a new install of OS X on the hard disc as many of my old ones did with the exact same issue, so give that a shot. Don't think OS 9 works on these ones so it'll definitely need to be an OS X disc. (10.3 onward recommended)

The one that is dead seems to have capacitor corrosion, not a lot you can do to save this system unfortunately.

The drive could well be too new for this particular older Mac but also ensure the drive jumpers are set correctly (eMacs by default use Cable Select, which doesn't work in other Macs). Test the drive in a later model machine or FireWire case if you can to confirm the drive still works/doesn't work. Seagate Barracuda's are fantastic drives, especially being a 7200rpm model.

Finally try to at least get one fully working unit. No point leaving such great machines of decent spec to waste after all. Best of luck. :D

 

30pin

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I am posting this from my salvaged 2005 Emac. I finally got it to install a fresh O.S.10.4. It runs quiet and fast!! But the sound does not get very loud. So I think there will be a problem with the logic board at some point in time. But for now, I will enjoy the speed!!!!!!

 
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