Continuing from where I left off yesterday. The almost resolved and recovery from the System Meltdown. Here’s a pic to prove that I can still monkey around in times of distress.
By the way, that’s the kevlar plastic casing from a spanking new eMac on my head. My partner-in-crime Andy and I took apart two eMac 1.25Ghz machines to upgrade the puny 40GB to a more acceptable 160GB. This is the first time any of us have ever seen the internals of an eMac, let alone disassemble one. A great source of Mac apps, files and resources – the iRC channel, #macfilez, provided 350MB of Apple service manuals of its product range – from Apple iMacs to PowerBooks to XServes. Referring to the manual diligently, we took 30 minutes to disassemble and reassemble the first. How we wished it was a proper desktop/tower. It takes the removal of at least 30 screws to access the hard drive module. A true engineering feat by the Apple Design team to cram that much of hardware into the white eMac casing, but it is really sheer hard work for a simple hard drive upgrade. User-installable items like the RAM and Airport card is simple though.
The upgrade of the 2nd unit went smoothly, initially, taking just 10 minutes to disassemble. But a really clumsy Verne dropped a screw into the depths of the motherboard, much to the disappointment of the unofficial IT-team (that’s me and Andy, by the way!). Swearing as we went along, we managed to wiggle the screw out from the motherboard, then went on our way to reassembling the remainding parts.
Certainly a challenging task, and I don’t recommend this to be done at home, really, not if you want to void your Apple warranty. Want a hard drive upgrade? Bring it to an Authorised Apple Reseller or Service Centre.
Shame we didn’t take pictures of the process, would have been great to feature on this blog. But anyways, to hell and beyond!509 2