iMac G4 1 ghz logic board swap

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  1. Mnowell69 macrumors regular

    Mnowell69

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    Hi all, have just bought an iMac G4 15" on fleabay that has a broken speaker port. Knowing this I thought to replace the port by soldering the port from a donor logic board. Then I saw that it might be possible to replace the logic board from a machine with a 17 inch screen (15" boards are very rare in the UK it seems) So, does anybody here know if this is possible or not? Thanks
     
  2. CooperBox, Jun 3, 2016
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    The board configurations of 15" and 17" iMac's appear to be different. Just taken these photos of mine. Note that the USB sockets have been swapped from the r/h side across to the left, and speaker/headphone ports from left to right.

    15" base-plate.
    G4iMac-15in.jpg

    If it were me and you have a 17" donor board, I'd be inclined to desolder the broken speaker port and add the serviceable one from the 17".
    Does the 'broken' speaker port function correctly? I ask this because on one of my 20" iMac's there is slight damage to the underside of the speaker port, but it functions correctly.

    17" base-plate.
    G4-iMac-17in.jpg

    FWIW, photo below shows the slightly damaged speaker port (3rd from the right) on a 20" model. As I said it's only a cosmetic problem.
    BUT! Spot the other major anomaly..........!!
     

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  3. Mnowell69, Jun 3, 2016
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    Mnowell69 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mnowell69

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg I'll go out on a limb here and say that the 15" I have is like the 17" in the photos here. I believe that the 15" in your photo is the older model. To be clear mine is the usb 2 model and the broken port looks pretty much like the one in your attached photo. I haven't actually received the iMac yet. :)
     

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