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smartalic34
Jul 12, 2010, 10:46 PM
So I have a sort of odd question... how do I induce a hardware failure in an eMac (without taking a hammer to it)?

(background: my mother wants to get a new computer - a macbook(pro), but my parents won't budge until their ancient 800MHz eMac bites the dust. she sort of hinted that if I could get the eMac to stop working, she'd be appreciative. I know, I know, not great logic... but I digress)

So, is there any good way to stress the hard drive? Make the processor overheat? Something? I know, this is cruel and unusual punishment to a trusty old dinosaur of a mac, but my mother (and father) do want a brand new shiny macbook!

Please don't report me to the computer cruelty authorities!



saxon48
Jul 12, 2010, 10:52 PM
That's straight up geriatricide! :eek:

If it were me, I guess it would be a matter of trying to get the processor to overheat, or else simply remove a few parts here and there from the computer itself.

d88co88
Jul 12, 2010, 10:56 PM
http://beingwife.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/hammer.jpg

Just couldn't resist......

OrangeSVTguy
Jul 12, 2010, 11:17 PM
I'd disconnect all the internal fans and run CPU Tes (http://www.soft32.com/Download/Free/CPUTest/4-199513-1.html)t non stop till it just melts :D.

Also if that is the model with an ATI card, ATIccelerator II (http://thomas.perrier.name/software/ATIccelerator_II_1.0.6b.dmg.zip) is a great utility for overclocking the graphics card. Good way to destroy it with this ;)

4JNA
Jul 12, 2010, 11:32 PM
run folding and tape over all the exhaust vents.

you get a few points for team 3446 (us) and a new computer.

your parents get a much better computer that uses less electricity and is much more quiet after all hell breaks loose and all that.

win-win. :apple:

best of luck. (don't burn the house down)

brassguy98
Jul 13, 2010, 12:00 AM
It just breaks my heart to think about willfully killing a beautiful piece of machinery like the emac. Still one of my favorite macs Apple ever made for some reason...... though the 1.42 version not the 800 mhz.

VanneDC
Jul 13, 2010, 12:05 AM
Not nice but....

accidentally trip and spill a cup of coffee all over the front of it, no doubt some of it will seep inside.. *couff couff*

4JNA
Jul 13, 2010, 12:10 AM
Still one of my favorite macs Apple ever made for some reason...... though the 1.42 version not the 800 mhz.

me too. it's hard getting parents/users to let go some times...

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own. - Bruce Lee

76ShovelHead
Jul 13, 2010, 07:21 AM
if your grandparents aren't tech savvy, and aren't the type to try to get it fixed, then just pop the ram out. When you show them it doesn't work, and then get a new one, just put the ram back in.

Schtumple
Jul 13, 2010, 07:26 AM
if your grandparents aren't tech savvy, and aren't the type to try to get it fixed, then just pop the ram out. When you show them it doesn't work, and then get a new one, just put the ram back in.

This.

You shouldn't wilfully destroy it. Then that way you could donate it or sell it afterwards too. I'll chime is as well that the eMac/white iMac G3 were possibly the best looking machines apple ever made. I haven't seen anything come close to the white G3s apart from possibly the new mac mini.

Hamsterz
Jul 13, 2010, 10:28 AM
Id open it up and unplug the hard drive.. and maybe take out the RAM.

Disc Golfer
Jul 13, 2010, 10:37 AM
Get a job and buy your own computer and quit worrying about how to **** up your parents property. Not old enough to get a job and buy your own computer? Go play outside.

max••
Jul 13, 2010, 10:54 AM
:eek:

Xavier
Jul 13, 2010, 11:14 AM
Take out the harddrive and tell your dad that the computer failed and won't boot.

Hopefully he isn't very computer savvy and won't notice that nothing actually "went wrong".

I feel your pain having to be stuck using an old eMac.

smartalic34
Jul 13, 2010, 11:39 AM
So I've had quite a fantastic time reading all the responses :)

I'm not bent on actually killing it... yet. But it's nice to know there are many ways to do the deed. So far, killing the GPU with ATIccelerator seems like the cleanest solution (if I go through with this, I do want it not working, unfortunately).

To some of the later posters... take a chill pill. I do in fact have my own computer... my signature shows I have a MacBook Pro (which has been my trusty companion since June 2006).

This eMac isn't my computer, and I only touch it when I'm upgrading something (RAM, OS, etc.). The only reason I even made this thread was because my mother hinted that she'd like a new computer, but wouldn't get one as long as the eMac was still alive... so I thought I'd see what the MacRumors community could come up with! I know it's immoral to kill a perfectly good computer, especially when it runs flawlessly for 7 years. It's just so tempting... I might do it. Any other thoughts and suggestions are welcome, and I'll keep you updated as to my thought process and decision:D

notblackmac
Jul 13, 2010, 12:42 PM
My dad works on computers all day, and when he gets home he doesn't even want to look at them. Because he didn't use the family computer, he didn't know how much we were suffering with a 10 year old PC. My mom also told me that if anything may "accidently" happen to our computer, we'd have to get a new one (I got the hint). What I did was get a virus on it (not easily possible since your trying to kill a mac) and covered all the vents on it while using cpu and gpu intensive applications, I used DVD rippers and ran a few games. Long story short, I started to feel the heat and the computer turned off and refused to turn back on.

We got a new computer, and I got to take apart the old computer and see all the components and how they work together.

MacHamster68
Jul 13, 2010, 01:53 PM
causing death to a eMac is murder , and murder is considered the most serious form of homicide, in which one person kills a eMac intending to cause death or intending to cause serious injury (originally termed malice aforethought even though it requires neither malice nor premeditation). Following the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty?) , the mandatory sentence is having to live with a intel p2 processor powered pc running windows 95 for life

so now you know the rulez :mad:
you want to keep your macbook pro then let the eMac live , but if you fancy having the rest of your life being forced to work on a win 95 pentium 2 pc then go ahead

we are watching you

AlphaDogg
Jul 13, 2010, 08:13 PM
As someone stated above, you can just pop out the ram and show them that it wont work. You also have the option of removing the ram, then damaging the ram, and pop it back in. Then after you get a new computer, you can go to a computer store, purchase the correct ram for it, switch out the ram, and show your parents that it works and say "OMG IT WORKS! Can I sell it and keep the money?" :rolleyes: Of course, you do not have to follow my advice/idea, but if you do, I am not responsible for any damage whatsoever.

AlphaDogg
Jul 13, 2010, 08:14 PM
causing death to a eMac is murder , and murder is considered the most serious form of homicide, in which one person kills a eMac intending to cause death or intending to cause serious injury (originally termed malice aforethought even though it requires neither malice nor premeditation). Following the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty?) , the mandatory sentence is having to live with a intel p2 processor powered pc running windows 95 for life

so now you know the rulez :mad:
you want to keep your macbook pro then let the eMac live , but if you fancy having the rest of your life being forced to work on a win 95 pentium 2 pc then go ahead

we are watching you

:D I LOL'd

92WardSenatorFE
Jul 13, 2010, 09:56 PM
Personally, while I understand your willingness to want to get them a new machine, I don't believe in destroying it - because there are always those who can't afford decent computers, collectors, somebody always looking out for deals on semi-modern computers that are still functional.

I would suggest taking the ram out and saying it is dead, that way no damage is done, and then you could also sell it later on Craigslist saying that "computer won't boot up, probably simple fix" and then even possibly get some money back in return.

Just my two cents.

mrsir2009
Jul 14, 2010, 02:59 AM
If your parents aren't that techy, take out the RAM, and then when they ask you why it won't start up... just say that its dead. Then put the RAM back in and sell it on eBay (and keep the money :D)

funwithamar
Jul 14, 2010, 03:31 AM
http://beingwife.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/hammer.jpg

Just couldn't resist......

hahahahahahahahahahaha excellent :p

macgeek18
Jul 14, 2010, 03:58 PM
Just pull the RAM and swipe the HD so it doesn't boot at all. :) Don't kill it!!! Just disable it!

mrsir2009
Jul 14, 2010, 05:50 PM
I know!!! Put plastic over the plug then plug it in. It will not work, because no power will go to it!

dannyminick
Jul 14, 2010, 06:28 PM
just use the terminal sudo command. i used it to "kill" a Macbook Air.

OrangeSVTguy
Jul 14, 2010, 06:54 PM
Or best yet and most easiest of all to do....

Hit "Control-Option-Command-8" for the most psychedelic kill yet :D Just hit it again to fix it lol.

mrsir2009
Jul 14, 2010, 08:20 PM
Or best yet and most easiest of all to do....

Hit "Control-Option-Command-8" for the most psychedelic kill yet :D Just hit it again to fix it lol.


Or just hit Apple-shift-a, Apple-a, Apple-o. It'll go spastic!

RaindropDress
Jul 14, 2010, 08:47 PM
, the mandatory sentence is having to live with a intel p2 processor powered pc running windows 95 for life

I actually shivered. It just sounds to cruel!


I would just unplug the harddrive :D ! Many people will still buy eMacs, so just convince your dad that its dead and tell him that you'll get rid of it. Plug the harddrive back in and then stick in on ebay or craigslist or whatever and get some cash ;)

76ShovelHead
Jul 16, 2010, 02:34 AM
I just thought of a good one, open up the case and detach the power cable from the switch, put it back together, and just try to turn it on :D

dutchchilly
Jul 16, 2010, 04:00 AM
http://www.motifake.com/image/demotivational-poster/0902/kill-it-with-fire-demotivational-poster-1235695993.jpg

max••
Jul 16, 2010, 11:16 AM
Also if that is the model with an ATI card, ATIccelerator II (http://thomas.perrier.name/software/ATIccelerator_II_1.0.6b.dmg.zip) is a great utility for overclocking the graphics card. Good way to destroy it with this ;) this is good way to kill it, say you will speed it up and set the gpu and gram overclocks to about 50% i killed my old ibook with them set between 3% - 6% (not intentionally)

Raid
Jul 16, 2010, 11:23 AM
I know it's immoral to kill a perfectly good computer, especially when it runs flawlessly for 7 years. It's just so tempting... I might do it. Any other thoughts and suggestions are welcome, and I'll keep you updated as to my thought process and decision:D
So do you want it dead or mostly dead?

If you want it dead, you can cook the GPU and that might do the trick. But if you want to resurrect it later on I would suggest unseating some RAM. That causes all sorts of problems and gives quite a good impression of a dying computer.

applegeek13
Jul 16, 2010, 09:22 PM
You could fake a burglary. Or just "flush" the power unit. :D

synth3tik
Jul 16, 2010, 09:24 PM
just erase some system files until you get a flashing folder icon.

tayloralmond
Jul 17, 2010, 05:47 AM
Why not just erase the HDD? Then there's no need to open it up. They'd fire it up to see the folder with a question mark on it (indicating that the computer cannot find a boot-able drive). Seems like the simplest solution that wouldn't cause any damage to the computer. eMac's are tanks (I own one) so it'd be worth keeping around. You could always re-install the OS after the new computer gets purchased.

SuperCompu2
Jul 17, 2010, 01:49 PM
Rename some Library folders to gibberish. Unseat RAM. Install 10.1

All should make it fairly unusable. ;)

mrchinchilla
Jul 17, 2010, 04:51 PM
Install 10.1

10.1 was far better than 10.0!

bobbytomorow
Jul 19, 2010, 03:35 AM
Donate it?

mrsir2009
Jul 19, 2010, 02:40 PM
Put an OSX install CD inside, start the installer then erase the HD that way :D Without installing the OS again ;)

tflournoy95
Jul 19, 2010, 06:35 PM
Get a job and buy your own computer and quit worrying about how to **** up your parents property. Not old enough to get a job and buy your own computer? Go play outside.

i wonder what this guys problem is. did he (or she) even read the op?

OrangeSVTguy
Jul 19, 2010, 06:39 PM
i wonder what this guys problem is. did he (or she) even read the op?

Troll? :rolleyes:

tflournoy95
Jul 19, 2010, 06:48 PM
just use the terminal sudo command. i used it to "kill" a Macbook Air.

what command is this? i would love to try it.

kernkraft
Jul 19, 2010, 06:51 PM
Id open it up and unplug the hard drive.. and maybe take out the RAM.

DO NOT OPEN UP THE COMPUTER!!!

You can remove the RAM on the bottom, without taking it apart (although it wont have much inside - 2 old units, those 800 MHz ones hardly had 256MB, if that much inside).

But more importantly, the HDDs are not worth to remove them. Old and small IDE/PATA drives, you have to risk touching the CRT circuitry that - even days after unplugging it - can cause FATAL electric shock.

I'm serious! DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPEN IT! I have two old eMacs from the garage - they last forever, but in the end, you only want to keep the RAM, if it's more than 512MB, otherwise they are worthless, and the wifi card (from behind the black cover of the optical drive, if it has any Airport Extreme).

dannyminick
Jul 19, 2010, 11:25 PM
what command is this? i would love to try it.

It's in this video how to do it. Enter the command in terminal and then reboot. OS X will refuse to boot and BOOM! "broken."

To return Mac to normal, just reinstall the OS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RfihcLJLeo