eMac Upgrades

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This page covers all the upgrades we sell for the eMac range of Macs. Choose the type of upgrade you are looking for from the tabs below.(Not the right Mac? See here for more iMacs, or here for all Macs.)

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History

Released in April 2002, and originally only available to education customers, the eMac was aimed at the lower end of Apple's traditional market.

Including a 17" CRT display and a G4 processor it brought an affordable, yet relatively powerful, machine to the Apple consumer market.

There have been several revisions of the eMac - the first used an Nvidia graphics card and shipped at 700MHz. Top spec eMacs shipped with a G4 1.42GHz CPU, use DDR RAM and with USB 2.0 built in.

Like most of Apple's consumer targeted machines, the eMac has no PCI or PCMCIA expansion slots.

How to Identify these Machines

The eMac G4 is similar to the older iMac series in its shape. The eMac however only ever came in a white case and had a larger 17" CRT display (as opposed to 15" for the CRT iMacs). This makes it considerably larger and heavier than the G3 iMacs. The eMac has a full size 5.25" tray loading optical drive with a covering bezel which ejects from the front.

There have been a number of machines in the series, all of them almost identical. To determine which of the series you have use the Apple System Profiler utility. This is found in "About this Mac" (OSX), or in the Apple Menu (OS9.x). More details can be found here on Apple's website.

If you are still unsure you can contact us on 01223 833 412 or by email for confirmation. If you want to upgrade but aren't happy to install your upgrades then we can help. Simply ask our engineers for further details.

Memory Upgrades

The eMac accepts up to 1GB of Memory in 2 sockets (2 x 512MB modules). If your machine is a 700 or 800MHz version then you need PC133 RAM. If the machine is a 1.25GHz then it uses 184 pin PC2700 RAM.

You may need to check your eMac's bus speed to check which RAM modules are compatible. You can do this by going to the Apple menu > About this Mac, and then clicking the more info button. This opens System Profiler, on the Hardware Overview that comes up your bus speed will be reported in the right-hand panel.

INSTALL SERVICE - RAM in an iMac (excludes 21.5in Late 2012 and later)Stock: Available£10.00 + vat (£12.00)

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 2 / 5

The eMac G4 was designed for users to install memory into them easily. Lie the machine face down (on a soft cloth to prevent scratching), all you have to do is unscrew the partial screws on the bottom end of the eMac. There is a metal panel which is easily removed, revealing the RAM socket a picture of this is on the left. If you have any problems please email.

Apple's guide can be found here.

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Drive Upgrades

The eMac G4 came equipped with either a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, Combo drive or SuperDrive. The eMac uses a 5.25" tray-loading optical drive, and is of the same type as those used in full sized desktop or tower computers. Internal drives can be upgraded, but professional installation is strongly recommended. If you are interested in this service please contact us.

It is possible to use an external CD or DVD writer via FireWire (or USB 2.0 on later eMacs), and this is generally recommended since replacing the internal drive is a complex task.

INSTALL SERVICE - Internal CD/DVD Drive in an iMac, eMac or pre 2009 Mac MiniStock: Available£49.00 + vat (£58.80)

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty - 5 / 5 Very Difficult (internal)

Professional installation strongly recommended. We cannot offer to guide you through the installation process.

External units are easy to set up and use.

Internal Hard Drive & SSD Upgrades

The internal hard drive in the eMac G4 can be upgraded to a larger volume. Due to the design and internal layout of the machines we do not recommend user installation.

You may need to check your iBooks bus speed to check which drives are compatible. You can do this by going to the Apple menu > About this Mac, and then clicking the more info button. This opens System Profiler, on the Hardware Overview that comes up your bus speed will be reported in the right-hand panel.

Please contact our team for more information if you wish to upgrade the internal drive and would like us to install it for you. You may purchase the drives from us to install yourself, but we cannot guide you through the installation.

If you don't want to fit a new hard drive yourself, you can take advantage of the MacUpgrades Installation Service. Add the installation service from the list below to your cart along with your chosen hard drive. We can also clone your existing hard drive onto the new one, simply add the Clone Original Hard Drive service below to your cart.

Once you have booked the service, send your machine to us, we will carry out the work and return it to you. Alternatively, we do offer a Collection Service with our courier, please see here for details.

There are none available.

Difficulty - 5/5 (internal) Very difficult.

We do not recommend user installation of internal hard drives, due to the complex and difficult nature of the upgrade, and we cannot offer to guide you through the installation process. We do provide an installation service, please contact us for more details.

Graphics Cards and Displays

The graphics card in your eMac G4 is part of the main logic board. Therefore it is not possible to increase or change the graphics card. It may be worth expanding your memory to its maximum to try and compensate, but this will have a limited impact on your eMac's 3D capabilities.

There are no graphics card upgrades available for these Macs

Expansion Card Upgrades

Your eMac G4 has no available PCMCIA or PCI sockets for connectivity expansion, so the only additional card it can take is the Airport or Airport Extreme card.

 

INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Card in a Desktop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)
Apple Airport Extreme Card (refurb)Stock: Available£19.00 + vat (£22.80)1
1Compatible with 1GHz and faster eMacs. Also compatible with 800MHz eMacs produced after May 2003. 700 and 800Mhz eMacs produced before May 2003 need the original Airport Card.

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Difficulty 3 / 5 Fairly Easy

Open the CD drive by pressing the keyboard eject key (or pressing and holding F12 if you don't have an eject key).

Turn off the computer while manually holding the CD drive open.

Remove the plastic surround which is held in place by 2 screws.

Unhook the Airport antenna from the plastic surround and attach it to the Airport card, and slide the card into the slot above the CD drive, tucking the plastic pull tab on the Airport card into the eMac.

Apple's guide to fitting an Airport card can be found here, and an Airport Extreme card here.

Replace the plastic surround and close the optical drive.

Keyboards & Mice

The following keyboards and mice are compatible with this Mac.

Trust 3 button USB Optical MouseStock: Available£6.75 + vat (£8.10)
Cherry Strait 3.0 USB Keyboard - UK Mac LayoutStock: Available£40.65 + vat (£48.78)

Power Supplies & Batteries

Listed below are power supplies, batteries and related products we supply for this Mac.

3.6V (half AA type) Lithium PRAM/Clock Battery for MacStock: Available£9.00 + vat (£10.80)

Any fitting information below is intended as a guide before purchase ONLY, when fitting these products you should refer to the original manual for your computer, and any instructions that come with the item. Please see this page for more information, or here for information on our fitting service.

Cables & Tools

Listed below are power cables, tools and related products we supply for this Mac.

Cables & Adaptors

USB 2 to 2.5in SATA Drive Cable (for accessing a 2.5in SATA drive via USB)Stock: Available£6.49 + vat (£7.79)1
FireWire 400 - 800 Adaptor Cable M/M (6pin - 9pin) 6 ftStock: Available£11.00 + vat (£13.20)

Tools

Torx Screwdriver Set - 20mm T6 T7 T8 T9 T10Stock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Screwdriver Set - 20mm Phillips #00, #0, #1 - Flat 1.4mm, 1.8mm, 2.4mmStock: Available£5.00 + vat (£6.00)
Anti Static Wrist StrapStock: Available£7.50 + vat (£9.00)
1Only suitable for versions of this Mac with USB 2.0 built in, will not boot this Mac.

External Drives & Enclosures

This Mac can use any of the following external hard drives.

Docking Stations

3.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 Enclosure for 3.5in SATA DrivesStock: Available£35.79 + vat (£42.95)1

2.5" USB Enclosures

Startech USB 3.0 (USB 2 compatible) Enclosure for 2.5in SATA Drive with UASPStock: Available£19.02 + vat (£22.82)1
1Only suitable for versions of this Mac with USB 2.0 built in, will not boot this Mac.

Complete Machines - Refurbished

Any complete machines of this type or similar that we have for sale are listed here. Please note that these are refurbished models with a 3 month warranty, and that delivery is likely to take 3 - 5 working days. These can be purchased online with the standard website courier delivery charge for the mainland UK only. Please contact us for a quote on shipping to other areas.

Repair Services for this Mac

Here are the various repair services we offer for this Mac. You can have us take the machine in for evaluation, or book a fixed-price repair if you already know what the fault is and the service is listed below (for services without parts, please see the relevant tab on this page for compatible parts that we sell). If you know what the fault is, but we don't have a fixed-price repair listed below, please contact us for a quote.

Evaluation Services

Mac Repair - Evaluation ServiceStock: Available£39.00 + vat (£46.80)

Installation Services (parts not included)

Collection ServiceStock: Available£24.68 + vat (£29.62)
INSTALL SERVICE - RAM in an iMac (excludes 21.5in Late 2012 and later)Stock: Available£10.00 + vat (£12.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Expansion Card in a Desktop MacStock: Available£15.00 + vat (£18.00)
INSTALL SERVICE - Internal CD/DVD Drive in an iMac, eMac or pre 2009 Mac MiniStock: Available£49.00 + vat (£58.80)