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Ashik
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I need to improve my OS X without replacing my machine. Can

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I need to improve my OS X without replacing my machine. Can I increase my RAM and upgrade to OS 10.5? or at least 10.9.11?

Machine Model: eMac
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1.25 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 512 MB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.8.2f1
OS 10.3.9
Hi I am Ashik. I think i can help you

Click on the Apple icon and select "About This Mac", choose "More Info". Copy everything in there and paste in here.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Hardware Overview:

Machine Model: eMac
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1.25 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 512 MB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.8.2f1

Mac OS 10.3.9
Thanks for the fast response. Your system is fully supported by Mac OS X 10.4.x Tiger and you can also run Mac OS X 10.5.x Leopard with some upgrades.


Here is the system requirements for Mac OS X 10.4.x Tiger.
  • A PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor - Pass
  • Built-in FireWire (optional)
  • At least 256 MB of RAM - Pass (You have 512 MB)
  • DVD drive (DVD-ROM), Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) or SuperDrive (DVD-R) for installation - You must have an DVD Drive to install Tiger
  • At least 3 GB of free disk space - Pass (I assume you have 3 GB left on your HD)

You can also run Mac OS X 10.5.x Leopard on your Mac, but need some upgrades

Processor :
For Leopard :Intel, G5, or 867MHz+ G4 processor
You have : G4 with 1.25 GHz - Pass

RAM :
For Leopard : 512 MB
You have : 512 MB - Neutral (You must upgrade your RAM for better Perfomance, 1GB is good)

DVD Drives :
Leopard Requires DVD drive for installing it becaues Leopard comes as 2 DVDs.


Hard Disk :
For Leopard : 9 GB of free disk space
You have : 10+ GB - Pass free disk space ( i assume you have 10+ GB disk space)


You can buy RAM from here : http://eshop.macsales.com/MyOWC/Models.cfm?Family=emac&sType=Memory

So you can upgrade into Leopard or Tiger. You have to buy the Mac OS X 10.4.x Tiger or 10.5.x Leopard RETAIL Disks and don't buy RESTORE/UPGRADE Disks. I think you can easily get Leopard Retail disks, but its not easy to get the Tiger Retail Disks.
Amazon.com may have the Leopard or Tiger Retail Disks at cheap rates.

Best Regards,
Ashik
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Will installing leopard update Safari and will I have to reinstall apps?
Yep, Leopard puts a powerful and latest version of Safari i.e Safari 4. It also updates other applications like iChat, Mail application, Addressbook etc. I recommend you to do a clean installation of Leopard than upgrading from Panther (10.3.x).

And remember to make backup of your files before installing Leopard. If you don't have iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD etc) installation disks, you can upgrade your OS from Panther to Leopard without an clean install because Retail disks won't install iLife applications like iPhoto, iMovie etc

And don't forget to make backup of your files before installing Leopard...

Best Regards,
Ashik
And if you have any third party applications like Adobe, Corel, Roxio etc, you may have to reinstall them in Leopard.

Best Regards,
Ashik
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