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Upgrading the Apple eMac

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An Apple Mac user recounts his experience upgrading the memory, disk, CPU speed, operating system, optical drive, mouse, and adding an extra monitor to his eMac.
It is interesting to note that eMac has two independent IDE channels (like an average PC) even though it uses only two drives - hard drive on one of them and CD-ROM (or CDwriter) on the other. Flat panel iMac, however, has both drives on the same (and only) IDE bus. I guess eMac simply got lucky because two drives are physically located on opposite sides of the motherboard! That means that it is possible to connect up to 4 IDE drives to the eMac (but not to flat panel iMac). To verify this theory I have connected 3 internal IDE hard drives at once: one original and two attached to a long IDE flat cable connected to CDROM connector on the motherboard. And it does work!
 read more | mail this link | score:5022 | -Ray, January 20, 2004
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