Opening an iMac G5 (iSight)

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  1. Uma888 macrumors 6502

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    Hi, Id like to see what makes my iMac tick, anyone know if there are any instructions on how to open the iMac? I dont wanna unscrew the wrong thing lol

    Ill try n get some hi res pics aswell

    Ty for your help
     
  2. iEdd macrumors 68000

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  3. Uma888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. hopejr macrumors 6502

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    I don't think one can open the iMac G5 iSight. Unlike previous models, the iSight only has a little hatch underneath that allows memory to be upgraded. The case is sealed. I like mine (Ambient Light Sensor), because I can take the whole back off it. :D
     
  5. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a

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    he's right, the opening of the newest iMac revision as been restricted, it's no longer anywhere near as simple to get at the inside do to things like swap hard drives
     
  6. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    .... nah, no worries - crack that baby open and take some pics.

    We're interested in:-

    Is in-built 512Mb Memory actually soldered in or just tricky to replace?
    How easy to change the hard drive?
    Is the PCI-e graphics card built-in or replaceable?

    :eek: (you may want to check with Apple to ensure you're not going to invalidate you warranty)
     
  7. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Always read the manual!

    From the iMac G5 (iSight) manual [iMacG5-iSight-Users_Guide.pdf]:

    Warning: Do not attempt to open your iMac G5. If your iMac G5 needs service, consult the service and support information that came with your computer for instructions about how to contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple for service. Your iMac G5 does not have any user-serviceable parts, except the memory.
     
  8. Uma888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i read that aswell

    :confused:

    ill still give it a go
     
  9. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    I've just spoken to Apple Support and they made it quite clear the only thing you can do with the iMac iSight is upgrade the memory. :(

    EDIT: In her words "you could open the imac only if you are performing a memory upgrade, apart from that we do not suggest you to open the iMac for any other repairs.."
     
  10. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    This page shows an iSight iMac being taken apart. It doesn't really explain how to do it, but at least you will have an idea of where to start and where you are headed, and what wires you might want to watch out for and not rip out and stuff...
     
  11. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    So looking at those pics, the built-in memory could be accessible fairly easily - at least to determine whether it's fixed/soldered in place.

    It's a shame there's white writing over the memory area.

    EDIT: To add some confusion, the Apple support page suggests you can replace the internal devices - link from the iMac iSight support page. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86812
     
  12. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Did you try taking your iMac apart in the end?
     
  13. pongopete macrumors newbie

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    You can open up imac g5 isight

    Just replaced the harddrive in my g5 isight.The old drive died after after knocking the computer off of my desk.I replaced the drive with an s ata hitachi deskstar have just got it up and running I decided to have a go after reading this forum. You need to take your time I dont think Apple designed this machine with user upgrades in mind.
     

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