Apple eMac 17″

Apple eMac 17″ – A Practical Style Statement

I like restoring old Macs, and this one was an adventure.

Picked it up at a Hard Off “recycle store” and crossed fingers that it’d power on when I got home. They said “dengen hairimasu” which means it doesn’t explode when connecting the mains. So I was hopeful.

It did power on, and got into an archaic OS X, I think it was 10.2. It was stable surfing the net, so I got down to business.

First of all it required a DVD drive to allow installing a newer OS X, so I naively started to install a DVD Writer. I was expecting the bottom case to come off as with iMac G3s. Not! It was the most difficult optical drive replacement I’ve ever done. Have to remove the cover (while being careful with the power-button on the side), speakers, main fan(!), motherboard (!!), screen control circuit (gosh…) and hard drive to gain access to the optical drive bay. I imagine the optical drive was the first component they started with at the factory, and built the rest of the PC around it.

It was fun in a strange way but I never want to do it again. I guess it explains why there are so few upgraded units around, and why these are routinely tossed out when the optical drive dies.

It deserved more RAM and I went hunting on Yahoo Auctions. 2 of the 3 modules I bought worked, and RAM memory was maxed to 1GB.

Then I’ve spent some time on the Internet tracking down a machine specific Mac OS 9.2.2 install CD (included). The standard CD does not work, as I quickly found out.

Wiped the hard drive, repartitioned it, and installed Mac OS 9.2.2 and then OS X 10.4 Tiger using the newly installed DVD drive. The former I also made available for use with “Classic Mode” under Tiger.



  • Hours spent: 8+ (lost track)
  • Difficulty rating: 100%


  • Runs “Classic” applications natively or from under OS X 10.4 Tiger (option: OS X 10.5 Leopard install)
  • Rock solid performance under OS X
  • Syncs new iPhones, iPods, iPads
  • Great for office work, audio, DVD playback and copy


Now it’s gotta go, want space for the next one.

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Specifications of this Apple eMac

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