iMac (17-Inch, 1.8GHz G5, Mid 2004)

The iMac (17-Inch, 1.8GHz G5, Mid 2004) is the all-in-one desktop computer in a polycarbonate casing behind the 17” screen, mounted on an aluminum stand. The casing is approximately 2 inches deep and it can also be mounted on a wall or kiosk, for it meets the VESA standards. The iMac (17-Inch, 1.8GHz G5, Mid 2004) features a 1.8 GHz PowerPC 970 (G5) processor with an optimized AltiVec “Velocity Engine” vector processing unit, 256 MB of SDRAM, an 80 GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 RPM), a slot-loading 4X “Super” Drive, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM (AGP 8X), and built-in stereo speakers, as well as 2 Firewire “400” and 3 USB 2.0 ports. It also supports AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth, but the cards are optional and installed at the factory. The cooling system is CPU controlled and the in-built speakers are mounted beneath the 17” screen for the sound to bounce off the desk or other surface. The speakers’ grills also work as the vent ones. The iMac (17-Inch, 1.8GHz G5, Mid 2004) is shipped with Apple Keyboard and Apple mouse from the box.

iMac (17-Inch, 1.8GHz G5, Mid 2004)

  • Introduced on August 31, 2004.


  • Codename: “Hero”.
  • Processor Speed: 1.8 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
  • Processor type: PowerPC G5 970fx (POWER4).
  • Processor upgrade: soldered.
  • Cores: 1.
  • On-Board Ram: 256 MB, DDR 400MHz.
  • Video: 17″ TFT active matrix LCD, 1440 x 900/1680 x 1050 pixels max resolution, viewing angle: 120° horizontal and 90° degrees vertical.
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM.
  • Storage: 80 GB, 7200-rpm Ultra ATA-66 up to 128 GB Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 3x USB 2.0, 2x Firewire 400, built-in microphone, built-in speakers, audio out, audio input/output. Optical drive: 4X “Super” Drive.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: Optional 54 Mbit/s AirPort Extreme 802.11b/g, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet, 56k V.92 modem, Optional Bluetooth 1.1.
  • OS: Preinstalled OS: 10.3.5. OS max. upgrade: 10.5.8
  • Dimensions: 16.9 x 16.8 x 6.8 inch.
  • Weight: 18.5 lb.

Transferring Information to Your iMac G5

You can use the Setup Assistant to automatically transfer information from another Mac to your new iMac (17-Inch, 1.8GHz G5, Mid 2004). To transfer information, make sure of the following:

  • Your other Mac must have built-in FireWire and support FireWire Target Disk Mode.
  • Your other Mac must have Mac OS X v 10.1 or later installed.
  • You must have a standard 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire cable.

The Setup Assistant takes you through the process of transferring your information – just follow the onscreen instructions. Transferring information to your iMac G5 does not affect the information on your other Mac. Using the Setup Assistant, you can transfer:

  • User accounts, including preferences and email.
  • Network settings, so your new computer is automatically set up to work with the same network settings as your other Mac.
  • Applications folder so that the applications you used on your other Mac are now on your new iMac G5 (you may have to reinstall some of the applications you transfer).
  • Files and folders on the hard disk and partitions. This gives you easy access to the files and folders you used on your old Mac.

If you don’t use the Setup Assistant to transfer information when you first start up your iMac G5, you can do it later. Go to the Applications folder, open Utilities, and doubleclick the Setup Assistant icon.

Setting Up iMac G5 for the Internet

If you didn’t transfer your network settings, the Setup Assistant can also take you through the process of setting up your computer to connect to the Internet. For home users, Internet access requires an account with an Internet service provider (ISP). Fees may apply.

  • If you don’t already have an Internet account, the assistant can set you up with one.
  • If you already have an Internet account, see Appendix C, Connecting to the Internet, on page 69 of you iMac G5 User’s Guide (Manual) for information you’ll need to enter.

Learning About Mac OS X

Your computer comes with Mac OS X, which includes an elegant user interface, advanced graphics capabilities, and added system stability and performance.

When you’re ready to learn more about Mac OS X and the award-winning iLife applications that came with your computer, see the Welcome to Panther booklet that came with your iMac G5. Also open Mac OS Help and browse the information there.

You’ll find plenty of information for new users, experienced users, and people switching to the Mac. If you experience any problems while using Mac OS X, see the troubleshooting tips in the back of this book or choose Help > Mac Help from the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Important note: If you want to use Mac OS 9 applications with your computer, you have to install Mac OS 9 (see “Installing Mac OS 9” on page 60). Mac OS 9 can’t be installed as the primary operating system on your iMac G5 and you can’t start up your computer in Mac OS 9.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model No: A1058 (EMC 1989).

Apple Order number: M9249LL/A.

Discontinued: May 3, 2005.

Price: $1499.


  • The iMac (17-Inch, 1.8GHz G5, Mid 2004) frequently suffer startup problems due to power battery issues. The iMacs G5 don’t support iCloud when running MacOS below 10.5 Leopard.
  • To locate the Product Serial Number: You can find the serial number for your iMac G5 on the bottom of the stand. You can also use System Profiler to find the serial number. Choose Apple (K) > About This Mac from the menu bar and then click More Info. Click the Hardware triangle to view the serial number.



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