How long does an Apple eMac last?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tbluhp, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. tbluhp macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2006
    I have had my emac sense April 2003. How long have you had yours for? I am using the emac as my only computer.
  2. Butters macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2006
  3. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2006
    well for xmess i was thinking of trading in my emac to buy a new intel mac mini off ebay?

    Do you think i should buy a new mac nothing wrong with my emac just want to update it. But dont really have all the money...
  4. Manzana macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2004
    Orange County, CA
    unfortunately, nothing is wrong with your emac.

    G4 800-1000 MHz with 32MB video card? that should be fine for common everyday stuff. spend your money on something else, maybe a nice camera, or videocam, ipod...because your computer is good enough.

    you could upgrade when leopard comes out though, but i think you'll be able to run it fine!
  5. tbluhp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2006
    thanks for the advice but my emac 1ghz doesn't have usb 2.0. I own a ipod video that I bought last Christmas. So mabey the new nintendo wii?
  6. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    my family is still using an 800MHz eMac (I got a MBP for college)... have been since may 2003. I must say, it is still running beautifully, and when I come home on break, I expect to see it still chugging along like a champ
  7. dopey220 macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2006
    Well, I've had my eMac for about three days now, and no problems so far!

    ... Seriously, though, I got it when my school sold it after replacing the eMacs with new Intel iMacs. It was used extensively by many, many people, and it runs about as well as you could expect a 700 MHZ G4 with 512 RAM to run.
  8. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    I manage a Lab of 22- 1GHZ emacs and all are still working fine today. About 3 years old.
    I had one with a Hard Drive failure, which was easily fixed. But other than That absolutley no unfixable problems at all.
  9. Jschultz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    At my school, there's a lab of at least 20 1ghz eMac's, and I use them perfectly fine, 10.4, widgets and all. Never let me down!
  10. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I've still got the original 700Mhz eMac. Runs great :) I even use it for GarageBand and UT2004 sometimes. (With reduced complexity in both cases!)
  11. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    It will be 2 years next month. Love it, just wish the HD was bigger. :eek:
  12. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

    Old Smuggler

    Sep 8, 2006
    well my emac was running great til i installed realplayer
    after i corected that problem its better
    love my emac 1.25 superdrive i installed the bluetooth & AE my self was definitly worth it
    got a 1GB ram stick on the way hoping it will get me to next summer after leopard
    then ill let my parents use it as their first mac to tryout
  13. Baculo macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2005
    Still working well but the monitor is poor

    My first eMac was purchased Sept. 2002 (800 MHz G4, 768 MB ram), now running OS 10.4.7. No complaints except that the resolution of the monitor has slowly degraded. I use it everyday but text is hard (but not impossible) to read because it is slightly blurry. I have a second newer one, used by many user accounts. Works fine although there has been some erratic behavior of the optical drive.
    Bottom line: good solid machines, only update if really needed.
  14. dansgil macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    I've had my eMac since June 2004 and have never had one problem with it.
  15. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I did have a problem. Remember how the first eMacs had a big batch with defective video cables? I got one. And I put off taking it in for warranty service. And kept putting it off... longer... and longer...

    I did get the repair done, and well within warranty, but by then I was using a pretty darned small image in the middle of my screen :D I kept using Displays Preferences to adjust.
  16. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

    Old Smuggler

    Sep 8, 2006
    has anyone else experienced the intermittent high pitched squeal or noise from their emac?
  17. wyatt23 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    Forest Hills, NY
    my eMac was given to me from my aunt. 700 MHz with a gig of ram. i upgraded the HD. when i get another computer with a big disk to use, i'm going to overclock to 900 MHz and swap the crt out with a 17" LCD and throw a TV Tuner in there. This computer is going to get to the point where it's not going to be entirely useable, so i might as well have the most fun with it that i can.
  18. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

    Old Smuggler

    Sep 8, 2006
    Sounds expensive especially considering how much the "Crank" alone would cost to finish a project like that :eek:
  19. Carson macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Port townsend Wa
  20. uleecow macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2006
    My emac

    I bought an emac Feb 2005, and now it won't even start without being in a safety boot mode. Can anyone help me out on what to do? Would reinstalling the whole computer help? Thanks.
  21. mBurns macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2006
    I use to have an eMac. I bought it new, it was the 1.42 Ghz G4 version. It ended up going to my mom when I got my MacBook Pro. It's a sweet machine. Very stable, sturdy, and quite fast. For regular consumer applications, it's not slower then my MacBook Pro. Also, the 64 MB graphics card was a nice little bonus for the last generation eMacs! Makes them that much more future-proof, if that's possible.
  22. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Yes, the last generation eMacs were pretty well equiped. 1.42 GHz G4, 512 RAM, 160 gig HD and, more importantly, a Radeon 9600 64 MB which was significantly faster than 9200 in previous gen. and supported Core Image. I even have that 9600 in my iMac now (with 128 MB VRAM and higher clock speed though).

    eMacs came out in spring 2002.

    As for me, my eMac was 3 years old when I sold it and got my current G5 iMac. Had it since late october 2002 till early november 2005. It was a 700 MHz model with 640 MB RAM, upped HD from 40 to 120 gigs and a SuperDrive instead of standard CD-RW :)
  23. Irish Dave macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2006
    The Emerald Isle
    That well may do the trick, but it certainly won't do any harm.

    dave :)
  24. orangemacapple macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    you can't kill an eMac

    had mine 3 years. works perfectly. loved that machine.

    nothing would go wrong with it so i junked it for an mb.
    i hate getting rid of something that works that reliably, but what am i going to use 2 computers for.

    not really junked - gave it to family member while it still has some life in it. don't you hate it when somebody passes down something that's obsolete and you really don't want it.
  25. 11bears macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2006

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