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Apple says its iMac G5 is fully user-serviceable

Apple\'s claims that its new iMac G5 computer is the worlds thinnest desktop computer, but it may also be the most user-serviceable.

Do-it-yourself iMac G5 parts install

Think you need a new part for your iMac G5? A recently published Apple document claims that users can replace many of the iMac G5\'s parts by themselves.

The company says that the iMac G5 was designed to make it easy for users to install replacement parts if they need to. A list of parts that can be install by the user includes: the LCD display, power supply, optical drive, hard drive, memory, AirPort Extreme card, and modem card.

Apple also says that users will be able to service the mid-plane assembly, which contains the main logic board, the G5 processor and fans.

iMac G5 diagnostic LEDs

Meanwhile, a second document reveals that the iMac G5 has four built-in diagnostic LEDs on the main logic board that can help users to troubleshoot their computer.

The first two LEDs will indicate to the user that trickle voltage from the power supply has been detected and that the main logic board has detected proper power from the power supply. The second two indicators confirm that the computer and the LCD display are communicating properly, and that the computer is not overheating.

Full instructions on accessing the LED indicator lights, which are nestled behind the back cover of the computer, are provided in the document.

Although Apple is offering its iMac G5 customers the do-it-yourself approach, sources said that the company will likely recommend authorized service repairs to customers wishing not to risk voiding their warranty.