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dcv
Mar 13, 2006, 03:28 PM
I finally got round to wall-mounting my iMac G5 and took some pics of the process.

You need a VESA-compatible LCD wall mount and an iMac G5 VESA mount adapter kit (19 from the Apple Store). Note that this will only work with an iMac G5 Rev A or B with a flat back. The Rev C (iSight) and Core Duo models have a curved back and therefore are not suitable for wall-mounting.


Here's the "before" shot, showing the iMac stand:
click on the thumbnail to see a larger image

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/1492/dscf0001900px8yj.th.jpg (http://img143.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf0001900px8yj.jpg)

What comprises the iMac G5 VESA mount adapter kit...

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Clockwise from top left:
- the box
- lockout and tang for the 17" iMac G5
- lockout and tang for the 20" iMac G5
- bumpers and screws
- T8 Torx driver
- 3mm hex driver
- mount adapter
- installation instructions


Right, let's get to work then.

Step 1: Open up the iMac - same procedure as for RAM installation... just remove the 3 screws from the underside and pop the back cover off. Easy!

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Step 2: Remove the hinge cover and set aside.

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Step 3: Remove the four screws from the stand.

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Step 4: Give it a little jiggle and remove the stand from the back cover.

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Step 5: Insert the lockout on the hinge, fitting it over the two posts.

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Step 6: Insert the tang over the lockout.

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Step 7: Screw the tang into place.

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Step 8: Replace the hinge cover that was removed earlier.
(see picture in step 2).

dcv
Mar 13, 2006, 03:29 PM
The next photo isn't actually part of the process but I thought it was a good opportunity to photograph the inside of the iMac :cool: (it's the 2.0GHz 17" SuperDrive model (Rev B) in case you're wondering)

http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/4633/dscf0010900px9jt.th.jpg (http://img155.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf0010900px9jt.jpg)

Step 9: Replace the back cover of the iMac.

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Step 10: Attach the bumpers to the mount adapter - these are just little plastic strips (shown top and bottom) that snap on to the aluminium plate to protect the back of the iMac.

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Step 11: Attach the mount adapter to the back of the iMac.

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Step 12: Well that's the mount adapter fitted... now just screw on the VESA wall mount itself.

*Warning*: you might have to purchase some different screws. The ones provided with my LCD wall mount were the wrong gauge for the holes in the iMac mount adapter. Thankfully my local hardware store was able to help out ;)

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And that's it... now I just have to hang it on the wall... oh look, there it is, floating! :)

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Finally... here's the iMac switched on and ready to use.
(Now I just need to hide those cables... that's a job for another day though.)

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Well that's it... thanks for looking!

mrwildguitar
Mar 13, 2006, 03:33 PM
Wow! That was really informative. Unfortunately I have an iSight iMac.

Oh well.

iPhil
Mar 13, 2006, 03:34 PM
DCV,

where's the pics of the iMac on the wall ?? :confused: :eek:


D'Oh

Clydefrog
Mar 13, 2006, 03:35 PM
awesome!

bartelby
Mar 13, 2006, 03:36 PM
That looks so good!!!!!
Makes me want to get an older iMac just to wall mount it!


There enough room behind to use the ports then?


EDIT: Excuse the dumb question, I just looked at the 3 from last photo and remembered the mains plug is bigger than the port plug

Applespider
Mar 13, 2006, 03:36 PM
Well done dcv Most impressive documentation!

XNine
Mar 13, 2006, 03:43 PM
is it just me, or does the second to last pic make it look.... Un-level?

Anyway, hope you enjoy it! Should be fun, and save lots of desk space!

dcv
Mar 13, 2006, 03:44 PM
There enough room behind to use the ports then?

Oh yeah plenty of room. The wall mount I bought has two pivot points, so I should be able to turn it around a fair bit. As you can see I've got a wireless keyboard and mouse so the only thing that's plugged in is the EyeTV (that's the silver box in the left hand corner).

ibook30
Mar 13, 2006, 03:46 PM
Wow! That was really informative. Unfortunately I have an iSight iMac.

Oh well.

Me too! And when I bought it I picked up an Apple VESA Wall Mount Kit for $10 (opened package) - Anyone want a good price on a wall mounting kit?
Shucks ! I was thinking about giving this a try soon.

Excellent photos ! Thanks for posting!

iGary
Mar 13, 2006, 03:46 PM
Oh yeah plenty of room. The wall mount I bought has two pivot points, so I should be able to turn it around a fair bit. As you can see I've got a wireless keyboard and mouse so the only thing that's plugged in is the EyeTV (that's the silver box in the left hand corner).

Awesome!!

Hope your injury is healing nicely. :p :D

edesignuk
Mar 13, 2006, 03:47 PM
woohoo! FINALLY ;)

Looks good.

dcv
Mar 13, 2006, 03:50 PM
is it just me, or does the second to last pic make it look.... Un-level?

Anyway, hope you enjoy it! Should be fun, and save lots of desk space!

Hehe... picky! :p I think it's because the screen was tilted one-way slightly. The desk is a little uneven though because my floor isn't quite level!

It's a very small room so I deliberately chose a small desk. You can't see it properly in those pics but it's just a 120x50cm table top from Ikea and then I found some "designer" chrome table legs elsewhere. Not having the iMac stand on the table has freed up a little bit of space anyway and I'll also be able to turn the screen round more easily if I want to sit and watch TV in that room.

Le Big Mac
Mar 13, 2006, 03:58 PM
Wow! That was really informative. Unfortunately I have an iSight iMac.

Oh well.

Nice how-to.

Why did Apple drop the VESA mount capability? Anyone?

Applespider
Mar 13, 2006, 04:03 PM
Why did Apple drop the VESA mount capability? Anyone?

Probably because they weren't selling enough wall mounting kits to make it worthwhile keeping when they redesigned the iSight case.

shrimpdesign
Mar 13, 2006, 05:02 PM
I wish my Intel iMac could do that ....

XNine
Mar 13, 2006, 05:12 PM
Hehe... picky! :p I think it's because the screen was tilted one-way slightly. The desk is a little uneven though because my floor isn't quite level!

It's a very small room so I deliberately chose a small desk. You can't see it properly in those pics but it's just a 120x50cm table top from Ikea and then I found some "designer" chrome table legs elsewhere. Not having the iMac stand on the table has freed up a little bit of space anyway and I'll also be able to turn the screen round more easily if I want to sit and watch TV in that room.

Regardless, a girl who can mount anything on a wall that isn't a picture, that's awesome.

Now if you can just teach every other girly out there how to drill and deal with assembling systems, you may be onto something...

ITASOR
Mar 13, 2006, 05:13 PM
OMG Look how nice those iMacs were inside compared to the Rev C and Intel. :(

Bubbasteve
Mar 13, 2006, 05:20 PM
That looks really nice, but isn't it a pain when you rearrange your office?

mkrishnan
Mar 13, 2006, 05:22 PM
Very, very, nice, dietcoke! :) Thank you for sharing, and making such a detailed writeup, chica! :)

technicolor
Mar 13, 2006, 05:34 PM
Looks great. I should do this and free up some desk space.

mrfop
Mar 13, 2006, 05:50 PM
Just out of interest, does anyone know how easy it is to remove the stand on the new iSight 17 inch iMacs (Intel in particular, if that makes a difference)?

Gonna grab a 17 inch iMac to tide me over till the Merom MBP comes on the scene ... but if I could remove the stand on occasion I'm sure I could fashion a protective backpack to hoist the beast about in. Damn the thing would probably fit in my record bag! I might wanna play with Logic Pro round a friend's sometimes.

mpw
Mar 13, 2006, 06:08 PM
...I'm sure I could fashion a protective backpack to hoist the beast about in...
Have you tried lifting one yet? They're bloody heavy.

DCV, nice job. I thought about mounting my iMac a couple of times (:eek: ) but I don't think the walls in my place would hold the weight, how did you attatch the bracket to the wall?

Maxwell Smart
Mar 13, 2006, 06:20 PM
That looks SWEET! Nice job!

dcv
Mar 13, 2006, 06:39 PM
Have you tried lifting one yet? They're bloody heavy.

DCV, nice job. I thought about mounting my iMac a couple of times (:eek: ) but I don't think the walls in my place would hold the weight, how did you attatch the bracket to the wall?

Oh it's a long and painful story (quite literally - I've got a nice black blood blister on my right hand :o)

Fitting the iMac mount adaptor is incredibly easy... probably a 5 minute job (if you're not taking photos along the way!)

Fixing an LCD wall mount to a "hollow" wall is another matter :(

It's a plasterboard-cladded external wall. I used a combination of a stud/metal detector and drilling random holes across the middle section of the wall to try to figure out how best to attach the mount. In most areas the drill bit was going straight through into a void; but in one very narrow strip down the middle there appeared to be wood, although it was too narrow to be a proper "2 by 4". It's probably just a little batten. I managed to get the mount up yesterday evening and it seemed quite sturdy but I still wasn't 100% convinced that it would hold the weight of the iMac (over 8kg).

So today I popped to the local hardware shop and asked for some advice on how best to fix this. The shop guy sent his mate over to take a look and he suggested putting longer and thicker screws in and drilling all the way through the void to the brick. So it's all done now and hopefully won't move!

jkballer23
Mar 13, 2006, 06:42 PM
That looks pretty sweet. I'm sure they'll release a compatible wall mounting kit for the new iMac's. Anyway, it would be cool if you had an extendable arm, therefore you can move it around the desk.

EvilDoc
Mar 13, 2006, 06:50 PM
dietcokevanilla what is your mouse pad made of? and the wrist rest for the keyboard???
:D

dcv
Mar 13, 2006, 07:17 PM
dietcokevanilla what is your mouse pad made of? and the wrist rest for the keyboard???
:D

I literally just bought those so they are still nice and shiny white! They come as a set called the iRest (http://www.raindesigninc.com/irest.html) by Rain Design (they also make the iLap). The covering material is a sort of glossy nylon/lycra type of fabric.

it would be cool if you had an extendable arm, therefore you can move it around the deskOh the LCD wall mount I bought is an extendable/tilting arm mount; it can sit almost flush to the wall AND extend to something like 45cm from the wall. You can (just about) see it up on the wall in the third photo.

Platform
Mar 14, 2006, 07:18 AM
Really nice job.....that is the only bad thing about mine being slimmer, no VESA mount option :o

PlaceofDis
Mar 19, 2006, 01:15 PM
great, dcv, now i want to do this to my iMac G5. where did you find the wall mount?

dcv
Mar 19, 2006, 02:01 PM
great, dcv, now i want to do this to my iMac G5. where did you find the wall mount?

First of all you need a VESA mount adapter kit, which is available from the Apple Store (you can see the box in the second photo).

Remember this only works with Rev A and B iMacs though as you need a flat back for the mount adapter.

I bought the actual wall mount from eBay. Any VESA-100 compatible LCD mount will do, but obviously get something that tilts/turns so you can still access the ports!


It's been up for just a week and now I want to sell it and replace it with a 20 inch iMac :o

cyberddot
Mar 19, 2006, 02:12 PM
Very sexy. Now, in addition to wanting to cut the cord on my keyboard and my mouse, I'm thinking I may order one of these mounts before they drop from the Apple store shelves! Our current residence doesn't rate a wall mounted Mac' (a rental with thin, wallpapered paneling..<urp>), but I have hopes for the next place.

My G5 1.6 doesn't have built in bluetooth to ease the transition to such a clean-and-cord-reduced workspace, but I'm hoping a D-Link DBT-120 toof will do the trick.

Thanks for the post Dietcoke'!

PlaceofDis
Mar 19, 2006, 02:21 PM
First of all you need a VESA mount adapter kit, which is available from the Apple Store (you can see the box in the second photo).

Remember this only works with Rev A and B iMacs though as you need a flat back for the mount adapter.

I bought the actual wall mount from eBay. Any VESA-100 compatible LCD mount will do, but obviously get something that tilts/turns so you can still access the ports!


It's been up for just a week and now I want to sell it and replace it with a 20 inch iMac :o

silly. i know i need the adapter kit and all that ;)
i have a Rev. B 17" 2.0Ghz. so i know i can mount it. i just havn't found any decent mounts on my browsing of sites. didn't know if where you had found yours. i'll have to check ebay out i guess :)

Counterfit
Mar 19, 2006, 02:41 PM
For those who don't want to drill into walls, there are desk-mount VESA arms. And I'm sure someone somewhere must be able and/or willing to make a VESA adapter for the newer iMacs. The form factor just begs for it.

PlaceofDis
Mar 19, 2006, 02:44 PM
For those who don't want to drill into walls, there are desk-mount VESA arms. And I'm sure someone somewhere must be able and/or willing to make a VESA adapter for the newer iMacs. The form factor just begs for it.

it does. but i don't know if its possible to create one. because of the curve on the back of the new imacs. the Rev A & B are both flat on the back. which is why it works so easily.

dcv
Mar 19, 2006, 02:48 PM
I just took this photo of the wall mount - especially for you, PlaceofDis!

http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/8913/dscf0023900px0py.th.jpg (http://img385.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf0023900px0py.jpg)
(click to see a larger image)

PlaceofDis
Mar 19, 2006, 02:54 PM
I just took this photo of the wall mount - especially for you, PlaceofDis!

http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/8913/dscf0023900px0py.th.jpg (http://img385.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf0023900px0py.jpg)
(click to see a larger image)

sweet. thanks dcv. i think this will be a project for me this summer. its something i definitely want to do so hopefully i'll get around to it. now i just have to find an arm/mount that will work for me :D

EricNau
Mar 19, 2006, 03:04 PM
Wow, this makes me want to wall-mount my iMac.

odedia
Mar 30, 2006, 09:57 AM
Here's what I want to do:

Have my 20" Intel Core Duo iMac on my desk most of the time. It can be with the standard stand, or with a desk vesa mount of some sort.

Ocassionaly, take the iMac to my bedroom and connect it to a wall mount. It doesn't have to be "stuck" to the wall, I prefer it being on some sort of adjustable tilting vesa mount, so I could watch movies and surf the web from the comfort of my bed.

Is there any "instant" solution for this kind of setup, one that wil allow me to just pick up the iMac from the desk and place it on the wall?

That'll be sweet if it did...

Oded S.

dcv
Mar 30, 2006, 10:03 AM
Unfortunately there is no VESA-mount adapter for the Intel iMac or G5 iSight model. If you look at the back of your iMac it is curved, so it won't be able to take the mounting plate. I think you're basically stuck with having it on the desk stand, so unless you can put a shelf up that's strong enough to support it, then I don't think you'll be able to have it up on the wall.

odedia
Mar 30, 2006, 10:13 AM
Unfortunately there is no VESA-mount adapter for the Intel iMac or G5 iSight model. If you look at the back of your iMac it is curved, so it won't be able to take the mounting plate. I think you're basically stuck with having it on the desk stand, so unless you can put a shelf up that's strong enough to support it, then I don't think you'll be able to have it up on the wall.

:(

Too bad.

Well, how about removing the stand? Is that a hard task at all? Let's say, just for kicks, that I'll be holding it in my hands. How hard is it to remove the stand, and then put it back on?

Oded S.

crazycat
Mar 30, 2006, 10:14 AM
Okay thats nice but what happens if you decide you want to move it?

odedia
Mar 30, 2006, 10:25 AM
crazycat, since you own both the iMac Core Duo 7 the Macbook pro: Which do you find a better value for your money? Which one will you have chosen if you had only one choice?

Thanks.

mpw
Mar 30, 2006, 11:04 AM
Here's a bad idea.

What about getting a versa mounting arm and drilling holes in the vertical section of the iMac's alloy stand where they won't be seen when not mounted anyway?

It'll be better then the standard versa mount 'cause the foot of the standard iMac stand is now a floating shelf below your iMac....for biscuits etc.

mkrishnan
Mar 30, 2006, 02:44 PM
....for biscuits etc.

:eek:

dcv
Mar 30, 2006, 04:14 PM
Well, how about removing the stand? Is that a hard task at all? Let's say, just for kicks, that I'll be holding it in my hands. How hard is it to remove the stand, and then put it back on?


The first post in this thread shows you how to remove the back cover and stand for an iMac G5 revision B. I know they changed the insides of the iMac G5 iSight and Intel versions, so I'm not sure if you can still actually remove the back panel as easily now to get to the hinge cover and stand.

If it is the same then you'd have 3 screws to loosen to remove the back cover and then 4 screws on the hinge cover, then 7 screws on the stand itself (there are 4 in the 17" stand and 7 in the 20" stand). I really don't think you'd want to do this very often!

mjstew33
Mar 30, 2006, 04:25 PM
OMG Look how nice those iMacs were inside compared to the Rev C and Intel. :(
I know, I just noticed really noticed the huge difference. Makes me want to sell my iMac G5 and get an iMac G5 2GHz 17" and an iSight.

:(

wmmk
Apr 9, 2006, 12:59 AM
im gonna buy a rev b imac just for that