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Apple eMac G4/1.42 (2005) Specs

Identifiers: eMac 2005 - M9834LL/A* - PowerMac6,4 - A1002 - None

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Apple eMacThe Apple eMac G4/1.42 (2005) features a 1.42 GHz PowerPC 7447a (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and a 512k on chip level 2 cache, 256 or 512 MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM, an 80 GB or 160 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive, a tray-loading "Combo" or dual-layer "SuperDrive" optical drive, ATI Radeon 9600 graphics with 64 MB of dedicated DDR SDRAM, as well as support for AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth (neither pre-installed) in an all-in-one case with a 17.0" (16.0" viewable area) CRT display (resolution support up to 1280x960 in 24-bit color).

The eMac G4/1.42 (2005) shipped with an ice white Apple "Pro" keyboard and mouse, and boots into MacOS X 10.4 "Tiger" or later (it cannot boot into MacOS 9, although it is capable of running MacOS 9 applications within the MacOS X "Classic" environment provided by MacOS X 10.4.11 and earlier).

The eMac "2005" models use the same architecture as the USB 2.0 models, but have a faster processor, superior graphics, and enhanced optical drives. The high-end configuration also provided additional RAM and a larger hard drive.

Also see: What are the differences between the last eMac models released in 2005?

To purchase or upgrade a G3 Mac -- as well as newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

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May 3, 2005 October 12, 2005*
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

*Apple quietly stopped selling this model to consumers on October 12, 2005, but continued to sell it to educational institutions until roughly September 6, 2006.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2005.
1 750
Details: This model only is compatible with the 32-bit Geekbench 2 benchmark. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the PowerMac6,4 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, see's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
1.42 GHz PowerPC 7447a (G4)
Details: The PowerPC G4 includes the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processor.
Soldered Integrated
Details: The processor is mounted directly to the motherboard.
167 MHz 1.42 GHz (Built-in)
Details: N/A
Open Firmware 1 MB
Details: The Boot ROM is roughly 1 MB, other instructions are loaded into RAM.
64k 512k (on-chip)
Details: 512k on-chip level 2 cache runs at processor speed.
PC2700 SDRAM 333 MHz
Details: Supports 184-pin PC2700 (333 MHz) DDR SDRAM.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the eMac models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?
256 MB, 512 MB 2 GB*
Details: *Officially, Apple supports up to 1 GB of RAM in this model, but third-parties have determined it actually supports 2 GB of RAM.

In the US (and many other countries, site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this eMac.

In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this eMac.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2
Details: There are two user accessible 184-pin DIMM slots. As shipped, one slot is occupied by either a 256 MB or 512 MB memory module.
Radeon 9600 DDR SDRAM
Details: Shipped with an "ATI Radeon 9600; 64 MB dedicated DDR SDRAM graphics memory."

Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the eMac? Is it upgradable?
64 MB 64 MB
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
17.0" Flat CRT 1024x768*
Details: *The 17.0" flat CRT display has a 16.0" viewable area, a 0.25mm dot pitch, and supports "640 by 480 pixels at 120 Hz, 800 by 600 pixels at 120 Hz, 1024 by 768 pixels at 89 Hz, 1152 by 870 pixels at 80 Hz, [and] 1280 by 960 pixels at 72 Hz" resolutions.
Mirroring Only* 1280x960*
Details: Apple reports that this system has a "mini-VGA output port" that with the purchase of an adapter can mirror the contents of the internal display on an external one.

However, the hardware is capable of using an external display in dual or "extended desktop mode", Apple just blocked the capability in firmware to protect sales of more expensive Macs. Unsupported third-party hacks are available.
80, 160 GB N/A
Details: The "Combo" drive configuration (M9834LL/A) shipped with an 80 GB drive and the "SuperDrive" configuration (M9835LL/A) a 160 GB drive.

This model supports hard drives larger than 128 GB.

Also see: How do you replace or upgrade the hard drive in the eMac models?

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this eMac.

Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
3.5" (25.4 mm) Ultra ATA/100
Details: This model supports a single Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) 3.5" hard drive or SSD.
12X "Combo Drive"* None
Details: *M9834LL/A shipped with a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive that "reads DVDs at up to 12x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 32x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed, [and] reads CDs at up to 32x speed", and M9835LL/A shipped with an 8X dual-layer DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive that "writes DVD+R DL discs at up to 2.4x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW and DVD+RW discs at up to 4x speed, reads DVDs at up to 12x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, [and] reads CDs at up to 32x speed."

Also see: What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the eMac models? How do you replace or upgrade the optical drive?
56k v.92 10/100Base-T
Details: Internal 56k v.92 modem and 10/100Base-T Ethernet standard.
802.11b/g (Optional) 1.1 (Optional)
Details: This model could be configured with AirPort Extreme (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 1.1 at the time of purchase at additional cost.
3 (2.0) 2 (400)
Details: This system has three USB 2.0 ports and two Firewire "400" ports (eight watts shared). Apple advertised that this computer also had two USB 1.1 ports on the keyboard.
AP/BL None
Details: This model has "built-in antennas and [a] card slot for [an] optional 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme Card" and an "optional internal Bluetooth module."
Apple Pro Keyboard Apple Pro Mouse
Details: N/A
All-in-One eMac
Details: Accommodates a 17" CRT, but is slightly less deep than the original iMac CRT model which only had a 15" CRT.
M9834LL/A* eMac 2005
Details: M9834LL/A refers to the configuration with an 80 GB hard drive and a "Combo" drive, and M9835LL/A refers to the configuration with a 160 GB hard drive and a dual-layer "SuperDrive".
A1002 (EMC None) PowerMac6,4
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1002 Model Number, the None EMC Number, and the PowerMac6,4 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
3.6V Lithium N/A
Details: N/A
X 10.4 (8A428) X 10.5.8
Details: This system cannot run versions of MacOS X more recent than 10.5.8.
Classic Mode Only* Emulation Only
Details: *This model is capable of using Mac OS 9 applications within the Mac OS X "Classic" environment provided with Mac OS X 10.4.11 "Tiger" and lower ("Classic" is not supported starting with Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"). It cannot boot into Mac OS 9.

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
15.8 x 15.8 x 17.1 50 lbs. (22.7 kg)
Details: *In inches - height x width x depth (40.6 cm, 40.6 cm, 43.3 cm).
US$799, US$999* US$20-US$50
Details: *The configuration with a "Combo" drive, 256 MB of RAM, and an 80 GB hard drive (M9834LL/A) sold for US$799, and the configuration with a dual-layer "SuperDrive", 512 MB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive (M9835LL/A) sold for US$999.

Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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Click on a category for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.

1 (Mini-VGA) None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
3 (2.0) 2 (400)
Details: This system has three USB 2.0 ports and two Firewire "400" ports (eight watts shared). Apple advertised that this computer also had two USB 1.1 ports on the keyboard.
1 (RJ-11) 1 (RJ-45)
Details: N/A
None 1*
Details: *S-video and composite video out provided by an adapter, sold separately.
1 (Built-in) 1
Details: Built-in microphone and an "analog audio input minijack, up to 16-bit stereo".
1 1
Details: Single "mini headphone" jack for audio out capabilities.
1 None
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: 110V to 240V AC, 170W maximum.

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