adding blue tooth to imac after purchase

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    is it possible to add the blue tooth option to imac after i made a purchase? is it some option i can buy and plug in later?
     
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    how much are these external ones? are they just as good as the internal one
     
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    neonart

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    IF it's anything like the G5 towers, it's possible, but more expensive and difficult to get the parts and install them.

    So if you do not have the machine and bluetooth is something you want, get it BTO.
     
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    I'm assuming you mean an internal bluetooth module (you can add a USB bluetooth module for an external option). As for the internal, you'll have to call Apple about that. I think the module inserts into a little slot or something on the inside so you may be able to buy one from Apple as a "replacement part" but because it is not a "User installable part", you might have to have an authorized Apple technician install the part. If you do it yourself, you may void your warranty. If I were you, get the USB bluetooth module. It'll be cheaper and you won't have to make a hundred phone calls to Apple.
     
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    i believe the bluetooth module is soldered onto the motherboard, and that there are two different imac motherboards: one with bluetooth and one without. i don't know how this applies to other systems
     
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    get a bluetooth adaptor?
     
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    Basically you can't install bluetooth on the iMac G5. If you want bluetooth you have to order it as a custom option of sacrifice a USB port to a bluetooth dongle. That's what I've done with my G5 and it works perfectly.
     
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    I compared my imac w/o bluetooth and friends with it (under the I/O ports). It looks like the modual just screws onto the motherboard. I believe that technically it is possible to add the internal modual if you can get your hands on it, but its a big no-no for your warranty.
     
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    So it's like the G5 towers. You'll pay twice as much to buy the Apple part. As far as warranty goes, you could always pull the thing out if you ever need to send it back. But Apple is being alot more flexible with the iMacs. Why would they be OK with a HD or DVD replacement and not a BT module add-on?
     

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