EMac screen resolution size is only one choice 800x600
I have an eMac that is behaving badly. The most obvious sign is the screen is only the size of a postcard. I cannot even click on any button that are out of sight on this. Therefore I can't download any updates that might repair this. When I go to monitors in the System Prefs...the only monitor size choice is the one selected. 800x600. It used to have all the choices my working eMacs have. Any suggestions or should I just throw it away? Thanks.
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You have a bad situation. Only a mac repair pro can help you in this case as it's hard to arrange some tools to solve the problem. A pro can gain access to your emac hard drive and free up some space or transfer your data using special tools and knowledge. Thank you and good luck.
Hi Paul, OPen an eMac is staighytforward but a little risky becasue onece the case is open you are exposed to the EHT circuity and the nasty capacitors. Sit the unit on its screen then undo the large silver allan screws on the outisde of the unit and the screws on the base. Lift off the back of the unit carefully and watch that you dont break the cire connecting the on-off switch. It usually has enough slack so that you can disconnect it safely.Once the back is off you can see what you have to do. - it's not easy though as I remember, the way the thing has been put together is not exactly obvious.
Go to system preferences and then to desktop and screen saver and from here you can select the picture and then at the bottom of the left hand column you click on the minus sign and this will remove the picture. Hope this helps.
Hi, this could be a number of things but the most likely cause is probably the leaking capaitor syndrome.At about the time these machines were made there was a flood of faulty capacitors throughout the electronics world and the factpriews that made the mother boards for the eMac were particularly badly hit.Did the screen exhibit any flashing or streaking or random freezing before the failure? Thses are typical precursors. Unfortunately the only thing you can do is to take it to a (Apple) repair centre where they will be able to judge if it is repairable or not.The leaking capacitors quite often ruined the mother-board. If theyu were caught in time they were repairable but ....... If the eMac is still running, connect it to an external monitor and then clone your HD to a blank HD using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper.
set your resolution all the way down and try it again..... only some resolutions are compatible on that tv, but without the model number, i couldnt tell you which.....just find one that works and work your way up from there....
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I have a possible solution, but it would be helpful to know what operating system you have on your eMac. Mac OS X is the Mac operating system. Do you have Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3, or 10.4, for example.
Solution:Do you have your system discs for your eMac or an Mac OS X installation disc? You'll need it to fix the problem. Use the newest disc you have.
WARNING: There is a _slight_ risk of loss of your data (pictures, documents, etc.) when reinstalling your operating system. Backing up your precious photos and other documents is critical!
1. If the eMac is on, hold down the power button until it turns off.
2. Turn the eMac while holding down the mouse button.
3. When the CD/DVD drive opens, put the system disc in (use disc #1 if you have more than one disc).
4. Turn the machine off again by holding down the power button.
5. Turn the machine on while holding down the C key on the keyboard to boot from CD (or DVD).
6. Wait until the eMac boots from your system disc.
7. You should see the install screen. There should be an Options button. Click the Options button.
8. One of the choices will be to do an "Archive and Install". Go ahead and do an "Archive and Install", which will reinstall the operating system but leave your photos and other files. See cautions above. **Do _NOT_ click the option to ERASE the hard drive** or you'll lose all your photos, etc.
9. Once it's all done (expect it to take an hour or more), you should be able to use your computer normally.
Good luck. I hope this is understandable. If you need more help, please post again. *Please rate me if this helped.* Thanks!
Have you had any screen problems leading up to this? Things like random freezing while moving the pointer or dragging a window, or disturbances to the display like tearing or jaggy edges appearing randomly?
If so then you probably have a faulty motherboard caused by the infamous leaky capacitor problem. This was a world-wide problem but it appeared to hit the eMac particularly badly. You can check it by opening the little panel on the bottom of the eMac (small cross-point screwdriver and 1 screw) and have a look at the capacitors inside. You can see 3 or 4, they are silver cylinders. If they show signs of bulging or any gloop oozing from them then that is the problem. It is repairable but Apple will probably tell you to take it to a repair centre as they don't carry the spares anymore.
Best option is to try a TV repair man as the skills needed are more TV repairman than computer tech related. However - big problem is that given the age of the eMac, there is a good chance that the gloop will have caused corrosion on the motherboard - and that is NOT repairable.
Be prepared that you may have to buy a new Mac. Your data is safe on the HD as that will not be affected - get the TV man to take the drive out for you - the high voltages inside can kill - (better kill him than yourself) and then install it in an external case to run on your new Mac
Without being with the machine it's difficult to determine any other problem that it could be.
In my other life, I do computer support for a major metropolitan school district. We've had quite a few eMacs that have been coming in with bad displays. We don't even try to fix them any more. They get the Airport cards, CD drives and any other spare parts like RAM upgrades pulled, then get recycled.
Probably not the answer you're looking for, but with most technology, there comes a time when fixing it isn't worth the trouble, unless it's your hobby. I wish you good luck and a better answer if it exists.
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