Question: eMac

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by DaSchwartz, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    I was thinking about buying an eMac that already has 2GB of RAM installed, along with a 1.4Ghz processor. If I do, I think it'd be a fun project to completely replace everything in it and make it an up-to-date, speedy computer. I would probably need the replace the motherboard to do this though, correct? Is that very difficult? I don't mind spending hours doing this if I know it'll work, or will probably work.

    I plan on having at least a 3Ghz processor, 6GB of RAM, a decent video card (1GB), and a wifi card. Is this possible?

    I really would appreciate any info or tips I can get. Thanks.
  2. macrumors 68020

    Definitely not.

    There just isn't the room. You might be able to fit the guts of a laptop in there (someone put a netbook mobo in an iMac G3 while back), but you can't go much beyond that.

    Building your 3GHz rig in a regular case would make so much more sense. It would also mean that you aren't limited by the CRT with a lowly resolution of 1280*960.
  3. macrumors 65816


    I also had a similar idea but instead, i was going to use an iMac G3 slot loading case and put my laptop parts in it, including the LCD.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Good point, didn't think about removing the LCD. I suppose that would make it possible, it's just that you'd need to find a way to mount the mobo since none of the stand-offs will line up.
  5. macrumors 65816


    It is possible as i have the dimensions to a 14.1" laptop screen. It fits the 15" iMac screen not perfectly but its nice.
    Also, even though the iMac screen is 15", it is said(in Wikipedia) that only 14" is viewable.

    Just use duct tape to patch the lcd to the iMac inside.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Even if you could easily do all these mods the CRT could go at any time.
  7. macrumors 65816


    I can find empty cases on the net where the imac has no guts. So i dont worry and i believe ebay has them too(i found them on a New Zealand site)
  8. MacHamster68, Jul 30, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011

    macrumors 68040


    never change a running system ..and leave the little eMac's alone , they are the best and most reliable Mac's of all times ..the eMac 1.42 models , they will work nearly forever , when all those brandnew intel iMac's are long forgotten those eMac's and iMac G3's will still do their job ,
    the lcd dies before a crt gets noticable signs of age

    you are hard pushed anyway to find a non working eMac 1.42 , you got more luck with the 1.25/1/800/700 because some of those had bad caps inside ...
  9. macrumors regular

    The Wi-Fi card is possible, but not the other stuff. Just get an AirPort Extreme card and you'll be all set. Did it with my eMac and it works perfectly, and it even seems to work much better than my brother's Dell 2.5 GHz Pentium 4 PC with 2.5 GB of RAM running Windows XP SP3! (My eMac is running Leopard 10.5.8.)
  10. macrumors 65816


    I bet you could at least put in a single core 3Ghz in along with 2-4gb of RAM maxed. I dont think you could put in a decent GPU but maybe a low end or mid end GPU could fit. The wifi card is definitely possible but if you want more room, buy a wifi USB stick.
  11. macrumors 6502


    The CRT in the eMac holds a residual lethal charge. Make sure if you do open the case, you discharge the remaining charge thoroughly!

    Either way there are better machines to give a brain transplant, like a G4/5 tower...

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