iMac 17" front bezel

Discussion in 'iMac' started by slackie, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. slackie macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2009

    My iMac slipped out of my hands and kissed the ground while I was moving it from my car into my new house. The hardware is still intact but there are a lot of scratches and a big crack in the corner which I don't find aesthetically attractive.

    I made some research and found a couple of auctions on front bezels for the iMac G5 17", with or without iSight. I myself have an Intel iMac (Imac 5,1) so my concern is if the front bezel for "iMac G5 17" with iSight" will fit my Intel iMac?
  2. maclover001 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2008
    Vancouver, Canada
    It should fit. Just make sure you are buying for a G5 and not a G4, as a G4 one will not fit.
  3. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    The G5 iMac was thicker than the Intel iMac, despite looking similar in appearance. This information is from personal ownership, as well as knowing offhand.

    So while the G5 one may look like it will fit, remember that the G5 iMac front may overlap over the back panel of the Intel iMac, due to the difference in depth.
  4. slackie, Apr 5, 2009
    Last edited: May 16, 2011

    slackie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2009
    Thanks a lot for the info! I guess the easiest way is to visit my local Apple Store (or Premium Reseller since we don't got the real thing in here) find out.
  5. kupakai macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2009
    I would imagine the original poster already solved his problem, but I'd just like to add something just in case someone else might find it useful. I just did exactly what the original poster asked about.

    I had an 17" Core Duo Intel iMac that was missing the front bezel and the iSight camera and the microphone that are attached to the bezel. I found a front bezel for the G5 iMac that included the iSight camera and the mic on ebay at a pretty low price (less than some selling just the camera alone), so I thought I'd take a chance. The front bezel physically fits fine. The iSight and the mic uses the same plugs on the G5 and the Intel models so they plug in without a problem and works . The slot for the optical drive lines up correctly.

    However, I can see two minor problems right now (very minor, and not really a problem for me). The screw holes on the bottom of the bezel does not line up with the ones on the main body. I might try drilling through the bezel screw hole and put a self tapping screw. The memory slots do not line up with the hole for it in the front bezel so you would have to take off the bezel to install or remove the memory cards.
  6. Thrilledge macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Please tell me this isn't the start of the scratched bezel panic that has taken over the Iphone. :)
  7. slackie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2009
    I actually ordered the original part and had it replaced for ~80 USD.
  8. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Parts interchange is dicey on Apple products, except for industry standard pieces like optical and hard drives.

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