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eMac Disc Drive Replace and Install QS

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by d88co88, Nov 30, 2010.

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    Hi! I recently bought an eMac off of craigslist. The original specs were 1GHz/128 mb ram/CD Drive. I upgraded the rab to 768 mb, soon to be 1 GB. Now, how hard is it to replace the disc drive? I tried to install via target disc from my old TiBook (it started running again, yay!) but the disc drive crapped out during install I think. How hard is it to replace the disc drive? Also, the error I got during the install was something along the lines of "could not validate essentials" or something like that. What does that mean? I hope I don't have to get a new disc, I don't have the money. Thanks!!!
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    I'd call it modestly challenging. Compared to a laptop or even the original iMacs it's relatively easy to get into and at the drive, but you will be digging around in the guts of the machine. A step-by-step with some photos:


    Note, incidentally, that unlike towers or newer Macs, the eMac has a CRT, which is essentially a giant, VERY high-voltage (hundreds or even thousands of volts) capacitor. Which means that it holds a dangerous electric charge for hours, if not days or even weeks, after being unplugged. So long as you stick to the parts of the machine you're supposed to be poking around in and don't go sticking a screwdriver into the back end near the electron gun, you'll be fine, but just be aware that sticking something into the wrong part of the screen assembly could in all seriousness kill you.
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    What about that error message on the leopard install? The disc was perfectly clean and not a scratch on it.
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    Wow I'm starting to sound like broken record. Sounds like a bad hard drive
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    Well I got tiger installed just fine, but not leopard. Any other possibilities?
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