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iMac G5 Guts

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I spent a chunk of New Year's Eve replacing the faulty midplane board
in my new-ish iMac G5, Tranquility. The midplane is
the entire logic board, processor fan and speaker assembly, and
swopping it requires the removal of the optical and hard drives, ram
chips, display inverter, power supply, airport card and fan cover - a
fairly big job.

Here are some exciting snapshots to accompany my commentary:

1: Back case off, optical drive and fan cover removed.
2: The removed midplane, striped of removable components.
3: The removed parts.
4: Inside the empty casing, the silvered back of the TFT display.

posted by neel

2nd Jan 2005, 22:56  

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neel says:

The full exciting text is also available.

2nd Jan 2005, 23:00

/Alfie says:

I dont know anyone who would have ever dared take their G5 to bits (and void the warranty of course). You are a brave man Neel.

2nd Jan 2005, 23:49

neel says:

I remember, back in the day, that I couldn't take the top off my Performa 475 to add ram without voiding the warranty - you'd need to get a certified technican to add ram!

Nowadays, however, Apple prefers users to perform DIY repairs, especially in the iMac G5. It's cheaper for them and quicker for me to have my machine back in working order. So yay.

3rd Jan 2005, 00:15

Helen says:

Beats having to send it to Germany… for THREE months. (It shouldn't have been three months, it was just sent back with a faulty catch and so had to go straight back, that's service).

3rd Jan 2005, 00:20

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