Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


6 posts

Wannabe Geek


Topic # 22627 3-Jun-2008 15:13
Send private message

Hello ladies and gents.

I'm looking to upgrade my old 700 MHz G4 eMac (until I can afford a whole new computer). I'm going for new HDD, DVD, and all the ram it can handle. I've managed to track down the disassembly instructions and all that jazz. I think I can handle the fiddly bits, but I can't figure out how I'd restart the computer if I have put a fresh (blank) hard drive in. Is there a way I can boot from an external drive? So I could get an external Firewire case and put the old HDD in it, boot from that and then install Leopard on the new HDD? Leaving me with a completely fresh HDD in the eMac and an external drive with all my old stuff on it.

Is it that simple (probably is)?

Thanks in advance for any help I receive.

Sam

Create new topic
62 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 135208 3-Jun-2008 15:50
Send private message

Good luck with that, the old eMac's weren't the most upgrade friendly of machines.

First up Leopard will run like a dog no matter if you bump up the RAM to 1Gb (the limit I believe).  We've just upped one machine to Tiger and she ain't fast.  There is a solder trick to clock the thing up and apparently the 700Mhz will do 900Mhz just, but 800Mhz is stable as (not bad for a freebie).

As for the disk.  My suggestion would be to clone the old disk to the new disk.  I'm sure OS X must have software for that, personally I use Ghost on a Windows machine, but that's only because in 10 years it hasn't let me down.  After the clone, just pop the new drive into the case.

Otherwise if you are planning on reinstalling the OS then there is a keyboard trick (anyone?) where you hold down a key I think and the machine will boot from DVD.  So slap the OS X disk in and go mad.

The Tiger install we did took like 2 hours or something, the machine is that slow.  And even though it is up and running the majority of new websites with Flash, Shockwave and the like are deathly slow.  The 5 year old doesn't mind but I couldn't use the machine without pulling my hair out.

Again good luck

165 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


  Reply # 135229 3-Jun-2008 16:58
Send private message

Use SuperDuper to clone your drive, it creates bootable clones of your internal hard drive.  (Google for SuperDuper and it's free too)  If you have an external firewire drive that you are going to put inside your eMac you can clone your current drive to that and then boot from the cloned Firewire drive to check everything works before you open up your eMac.

You can boot from your SuperDuper cloned drive by holding the option key down during the boot sequence (the startup sound) and then select the external drive.

Also, holding down 'C' should force a Mac to load the dvd/cd-rom drive, not sure about the old eMacs though.

Leopard will run slow but Tiger should be OK, we used to run Tiger on an eMac but it was 1Ghz if I remember correctly.



6 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 135301 3-Jun-2008 20:48
Send private message

Thanks for the help guys. Time to rip my computer apart.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40


Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36


Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16


PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45


Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40


Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04


N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34


Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.