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hucchund22
Jun 10, 2010, 12:53 PM
hi there,, i just opened my imac g4 1.25 ghz 17" (lamp imac) and found a wire that is taped at the end and apparently not connected somewhere.. as you can see in the pics, the one i'm holding with an orange tip at the tip.. i dont really know the history of this imac.. :c

is this a cause for concern on my part? i'm replacing/upgrading the dvd rom and hard disk.. that's why i saw that wire.. :confused:

thanks a lot,,



666sheep
Jun 10, 2010, 12:59 PM
Don't worry, it's Bluetooth antenna connector. If you'll get yourself original Apple BT module (suitable for your model) someday, it will be needed. Now is not :)

hucchund22
Jun 10, 2010, 01:11 PM
Don't worry, it's Bluetooth antenna connector. If you'll get yourself original Apple BT module (suitable for your model) someday, it will be needed. Now is not :)

wew.. what a relief.. :D i thought it was a problem.. :)

i'm trying to put everything on this imac even though it's a 7 to 9 year old design.. can anyone tell me where i can buy a bluetooth device for this particular mac? i have seen a airport card in it already, so where do i install the bluetooth device? :confused:

666sheep
Jun 10, 2010, 01:23 PM
Original Apple module (http://cgi.ebay.pl/Bluetooth-2-0-Power-Mac-G5-G4-iMac-G4-eMac-Mac-Mini-/200397221872). Installation guide in PDF (http://www.fastmac.com/downloads/bluetooth_install_iMac.pdf). You can also use any Mac compatible USB BT dongle like this one (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/USB-Bluetooth-v2-Dongle-Blue-Tooth-Adapter-Vista-Mac-/400052901851?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Mobile_Home_Phones_Bluetooth_Acc_ET&hash=item5d2502d7db).

ClassicII
Jun 10, 2010, 01:48 PM
Dont forget new thermo paste on the case contact points. :)

hucchund22
Jun 10, 2010, 03:45 PM
Original Apple module (http://cgi.ebay.pl/Bluetooth-2-0-Power-Mac-G5-G4-iMac-G4-eMac-Mac-Mini-/200397221872). Installation guide in PDF (http://www.fastmac.com/downloads/bluetooth_install_iMac.pdf). You can also use any Mac compatible USB BT dongle like this one (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/USB-Bluetooth-v2-Dongle-Blue-Tooth-Adapter-Vista-Mac-/400052901851?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Mobile_Home_Phones_Bluetooth_Acc_ET&hash=item5d2502d7db).

so which one is better? the internal bluetooth or the usb device? ei 666sheep, do you know of a shop in the UK that sells the internal bluetooth? thanks..

i have everything prepared already, i'm just waiting for the dvd drive and hard disk to arrive.. everything bought in ebay..

666sheep
Jun 11, 2010, 12:59 AM
In UK I don't know.
Which one is better? Certainly USB one: BT 2.0, price, installation simplicity, maybe you can even white one ;)

Apple BT board has one "advantage": it's original and don't takes USB port. If it's important to you, get Apple one from eBay seller who I linked (his form Spain). Price is very good, i've seen these boards for $100+ See also installation procedure in linked PDF and decide.

kbfr08
Jun 11, 2010, 05:25 AM
Is that molex connector burnt on the edge?

Anyway, you can buy an internal bluetooth module. They don't take up a usb port, so I'd be willing to pay a premium for it.

I got one with one of my iMacs, but it's missing the 10 pin connector, so I just use a usb dongle.

hucchund22
Jun 11, 2010, 05:52 AM
i prefer the internal bluetooth device because it doesn't take any usb slots but i'll buy it later,, i have to make sure my mac works first before i spend more money.. And i already spent a small fortune on this.. :p

MacHamster68
Jun 12, 2010, 01:38 AM
if you dont have or dont plan to buy a bluetooth mouse or keyboard , you will neither need external or internal
and dont forget the thermal compound otherwise the iMac will fry quicker then fries at one of these fast food chains