A emac has come full circle back to me.
It currently has 256 meg.
Which isn't enough for Leopard.
I still have a Leopard disk so I plan to upgrade the Ram
so I can run the OS. Its not my primary machine.
I don't plan to use it for any heavy duty processing,
Will 1 gig of Ram be enough for normal use?
I only have 1GB of RAM in my G4 mini and it's ok, a bit sluggish but ok.
Put in as much RAM as you can! 10.5 wants about 600MB all to itself, and then there's the matter of actually running applications...
If you can, stick with Mac OS X 10.4. :-) Leopard is comparatively RAM hungry: on a test Intel Mac mini with 512MB of RAM, Leopard was already causing heavy paging activity before the Finder had finished loading!
I've also found 10.5 to be significantly slower than 10.4 on PowerPC hardware. I had it running on my dual 2GHz G5 with 2GB of RAM, and what was once a peppy system quickly turned out to be unbearable, and I went back to 10.4. No more swapping and beachballing.
Thanks.I'd like to upgrade the OS so I can use some more intensive apps
Which would mean moving up to Leopard. (ergo more memory)
Its running Word for Mac now. Its no speed demon but OK for word processing.
I checked and here are the specs :eMac Power PC G4 1.1 1.25 Ghz
It has a single 256meg Ram card and one empty slot.
Which would lead me to believe that I can order a 1 Gig RAM card
and use that i the other slot. Then plan to replace the 256 card later.
If I got this wrong please chime in
Yes, a 266MHz DDR 1GB DIMM should work fine. According to EveryMac, this model eMac officially supports just 1GB of RAM total, but others have found it will recognize and use 2GB of RAM.