You know, Kate, there is a burgeoning population of "elderly" computer users and the numbers will continue to climb. At least two entire generations have or will become new computer users and proper support will rely heavily on good natured and kind hearted folks, such as yourself. The average, "young whipper-snapper" doesn't have the patience or attitude to assist these fine folks, leaving many of them to rely upon each other for help.<br><br>I praise you in your efforts!!!<br><br>- alec -
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Hmm. I think some models also use the old keyboard power up-button as an eject button. Well, the button on upper right-hand corner, where the power button used to reside in the (g)olden days of Macintosh computing. This is/was at least the case with quicksilver G4s and G5 towers with a tray cd drive at least and probably in eMacs and those swivel-arm-monitor iMacs with a CD tray. However, I'm not sure if that's the case with the earliest iMac keyboards.<br><br>
My lady gets very frustrated when things don't 'work' and thinks she 'busted' things herself even when it is not her fault. She'll say, well, I guess I don't need internet anyway.<br><br>But she does need internet! She gets email from sisters, cousins, grandkids, friends, etc. She lives 20 minutes from here in Muddy Valley. Has one neighbor and is 20 minutes from the little town she gets quickie grociers in.<br><br>I watch her email 'in' folder from my place via her online mail account/web. I delete Flash movies, QT stuff and anything else that might choke up her modem. She likes that spam type with 15 pictures in them that tell a sweet, sentimental story so she's willing to wait on them.<br><br>There is no way she could get any faster service other than Dish or DirectTV and that is way too expensive for her. So I'm trying to make her connection a little bit faster with this eMac. <br><br>I'm going to have to lie like a rug to think of a story about where this eMac came from. I bought it actually. I'm going to get rid of the 2 iMac Bondi's I have. No one should have to suffer with them. Someone will want them for something, I'm sure.<br><br>I appreciate the help I get with making these old remedies working. <br><br>p.s.<br>I know she'd be a lot more lonely out there in the winter time without her Macintosh!<br><br><br><br>
Hi, thanks for responding. Yes, the eMac keyboard had an eject button. But I'm using an old Bondi iMac keyboard and there is no eject button per se.<br><br>Luck would have it though that someone pointed out F12 is the eject button. Then Galen pointed out the solution of putting a 'clicky' thing in the menu bar to eject. That is really nifty for my friend and very elder 'friendly'. <br><br>By the way, we are about to get more rain and Vernonia and neighboring areas will get high water once again. Isn't that where you spent some time in the U.S. Over the mountain and on the Columbia River [Oregon side] there was a really, really big mud slide 5 miles from Clatskanie [where my ex lives] that closed down a vital highway from Portland to Astoria, Oregon. You were in Mist, Oregon?<br><br>Regards,<br>Kate<br><br><br><br>
"Uhm...I have to object here...done a lot of that support stuff for my grandparents' computers."<br><br>Well... I didn't say ALL young whipper-snappers. I provide support to a handful of folks in their 70's and 80's... not that I'm a young, whipper-snapper. <br><br>- alec -
I have no disks with the eMac either. It has 10.3.9 installed. I looked up Leo requirements at Apple:<br><br>Technical Specifications<br>General requirements<br><br> * Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor<br><br>minimum system requirements<br> <br><br> * 512MB of memory<br> * DVD drive for installation<br> * 9GB of available disk space<br> * Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.<br> * Some features require Apple's .Mac service; fees apply.<br><br>I'd like to[color:red] install Leo.</font color=red> What do you think? Will I slog it up -- slower? She wouldn't know the difference, but I would like Leo if I am the one to service it and keep it running slick and slim.<br><br>I am going to max out the ram. Still working on looking up everything. It has 2 slots with one 256 chip installed. I'll max it out to 1GB<br><br>Next search ebay for a swivel stand for eMac.<br><br>Brings up a point. I just discovered in Firefox I can change the Google search box to eBay!<br><br>[color:red]MacBozo, you've put newer systems on older Macs. Would be interested in your imput too!</font color=red> Is Leo okay for PowerPC Macs?<br><br><br><br>
Which OS you decide to install is somewhat dependent on the processor speed. The first eMacs (700 MHz or 800 MHz) would be sluggish, at best, with Leopard. The last revision was a 1.42 GHz processor, handily dealing with Leopard.<br><br>Were it my choice, I'd opt for Tiger. At version 10.4.11, it's pretty much as good as it will get. Leopard is still "young" and may suffer teething problems down the road. The last thing you want is your friend calling to say "the latest update wouldn't or didn't complete". With OS 10.4.11, you have little to worry over.<br><br>- alec -
1.25GHz I have no eMac disks, so Tiger 10.4.11 stuff I have from my old eMacs. I forget how this 'Mac' specific disk stuff works.<br><br>Can I use Tiger disks I got with iMac. Should I buy on eBay. I think I saw for around $35. What system nmber am I looking for to by, and then I grab stuff to up it to 10.4.11 from Apple downloads?<br><br>tnx<br><br>
Install disks that are included with a Mac are specific to that Mac model. You would need a retail Tiger disk set to install on the eMac. I believe the last retail box for Tiger was 10.4.6. You will need to run the updates to version 10.4.11 from Apple (Software Update).<br><br>- alec -
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