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    Installing a Bluetooth Module

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    Installing a Bluetooth Module


    I bout an iMac G5 without bleutooth, or an Airport Extreme Card. Can I buy and install an internal bluetooth module? And if it is possible, where can I buy it? I know I can buy the Airport Extreme Card, but I can't find the Bluetooth on the Apple Store site. Can you guys also recomend me a good WHITE USB dock? Yhanks in Advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurntSmore
    Can I buy and install an internal bluetooth module?
    Nope. On the G5 iMac, bluetooth is a built to order option only.

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    Installing a Bluetooth Module

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    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! neye:

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    Installing a Bluetooth Module
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    Quote Originally Posted by mynameis
    Nope. On the G5 iMac, bluetooth is a built to order option only.
    That's not entirely true. I posted this info in another thread regarding the same topic:

    You can buy one, just not directly from Apple. I've read that people have been able to purchase the module and antennae from Mac-Pro, though it will certainly be cheaper to go with the USB adapter (cost is approximately $125 for the internal components). As mentioned, you can also find them on eBay.

    Once you have the parts, here's a nice guide that details the installation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Padawan
    Sweet, they have pieces to add bluetooth and wifi to the mini, too bad it would be cheaper to just sell my mini and buy a new one with those options.

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    Installing a Bluetooth Module

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padawan
    That's not entirely true. I posted this info in another thread regarding the same topic:

    You can buy one, just not directly from Apple. I've read that people have been able to purchase the module and antennae from Mac-Pro, though it will certainly be cheaper to go with the USB adapter (cost is approximately $125 for the internal components). As mentioned, you can also find them on eBay.

    Once you have the parts, here's a nice guide that details the installation.
    ?? Mac-Pro only sells it for PowerMac G5, and the guide is for it too. i was asking for info abvout iMac G5

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    Installing a Bluetooth Module
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurntSmore
    ?? Mac-Pro only sells it for PowerMac G5, and the guide is for it too. i was asking for info abvout iMac G5
    The module is the same, antenna might be too...only the installation guide would be different :cool:

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    Installing a Bluetooth Module
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurntSmore
    ?? Mac-Pro only sells it for PowerMac G5, and the guide is for it too. i was asking for info abvout iMac G5
    That's what happens when you haven't been getting enough sleep.:bandage: I misread your post and thought it said PowerMac, but I'll search around for an iMac guide.
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    Animatronica
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    I actually believe the bluetooth module might be hardwired. I contacted CGN earlier and they stated the they are "built onto" the board.

    C-ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animatronica
    I actually believe the bluetooth module might be hardwired. I contacted CGN earlier and they stated the they are "built onto" the board.
    When I talked to a guy at the local Apple store thats how he made it sound.

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    PowerbookG417
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    The Imac bluetooth adapater is hardwired !! so your going to have to use a bluetooth adapter as far as wifi tho the extreme card is easy, http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300205 here is a step by step guide on how to add that card.

    i will give you a personal background help on this i get this problem all the time when ppl instal this card themselves make sure the antenna is FULLY in the card, you have a gold connector which goes in and then after that there is a silver part...you have to make sure the silver part is all the way into the card

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    Installing a Bluetooth Module
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerbookG417
    The Imac bluetooth adapater is hardwired !! so your going to have to use a bluetooth adapter as far as wifi tho the extreme card is easy, http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300205 here is a step by step guide on how to add that card.

    i will give you a personal background help on this i get this problem all the time when ppl instal this card themselves make sure the antenna is FULLY in the card, you have a gold connector which goes in and then after that there is a silver part...you have to make sure the silver part is all the way into the card
    I don't think so...it would be the only bluetooth option from Apple that is hardwired...and it would definitely make no sense and be more expensive for Apple to build two different types of logic boards, one with and one without BT.
    Even on iBooks and PowerBooks (which are a lot tinier, cc space) have bluetooth modules, not integrated in the logic board.
    The only thing I'm not sure is if iMacs without BT are equipped with the internal BT antenna, like they do with Airport.
    And I have to correct my post aove, the PowerMac G5s antenna is not the same than the iMacs, it's an external antenna because of the Aluminium housing. The iMacs antennas are internal.

    But, frankly speaking, get the Dlink DBT-120. It works perfectly, is tiny and, above all extremely cheap compared what the aftermarket internal BT module and antenna would cost. I've bought mine for 25,- which is half the price of Apple's BTO Bluetooth option (50,-) which was not available anyway for my Mac.

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    Installing a Bluetooth Module

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    I just purchased the internal Bluetooth Module from Mac Pro. The kit was $99.99 and includes the Module, Screws, and the Antenna. Not a bad deal if you ask me. I'll let you know how the install goes. Should be pretty simple.

    Also, to the original poster. I didnt see one for the iMac G5. I'm not sure if you could use the internal module for the PowerMac G5 on your iMac. Shoot them an e-mail if you'd like.
    TJ

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    If i were to buy a bluetooh module i would get a usb one and solder it onto one of the usb ports on the inside of the iMac, i would also make sure that usb port was still usable when i did it. That way you have an internal bluetooth module while voiding your warranty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sprout
    If i were to buy a bluetooh module i would get a usb one and solder it onto one of the usb ports on the inside of the iMac, i would also make sure that usb port was still usable when i did it. That way you have an internal bluetooth module while voiding your warranty!
    Get the USB dongle, except I wouldn't reccommend soldering it. You'll save both time and money, and on the iMac you don't have to look at it because it is hidden behind the screen.
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