PowerBook G4 Titanium DVI Latch Replacement

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Latch mechanism located in the upper case.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Locate the battery release tab on the underside of the G4.

  • Slide the battery release tab to the left and lift the battery out of the computer.

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Edit Step 2 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the seven T8 Torx screws from the lower case.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Using your thumbs, slide the lower case away from you.

  • The lower case may stick in the front on a tab just above the center of the optical drive. Be careful as you work the case off, or you may break the thin strip of plastic just above the drive.

  • Lift the lower case off.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Edit Step 5 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the hard drive ribbon from the logic board using a spudger or the tip of your finger.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • To free the hard drive, remove the two T8 Torx screws from the right wall of the battery housing.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the hard drive by lifting the left edge up and out of the computer.

  • There are four rubber bumpers that fit over the hard drive screws. Ensure that these bumpers come out when you remove the hard drive.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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Edit Step 9 Latch  ¶ 

  • Use your thumbnails to push in and then lift the two fingers of the latch clip over the restraining bar.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Now use your index fingers' nails to pull at the "elbows" of the clip, rotating it upward approximately 90 degrees, or until the latch pops out

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Insert the new latch by rotating the clip up and pushing the latch into place. Then rotate the clip back down, pushing in at the area where the clip bends around the latch. Make sure to insert the clip fingers back into their slots.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the PowerBook G4 Titanium DVI device page.

Required Tools

TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

Related Products

G4 Titanium Upper Case Latch

$19.95 · 12 In stock

Comments Comments are onturn off

T9 is a better fit

Rufleyboy, · Reply

At this point, the inverter (shown at extreme upper-right hand corner of image with pink&white wires attached) can be accessed directly. There is no need to remove the hard disk, optical drive, or modem!

ifixit, · Reply

The hard drive can be removed with its bumpers intact, by just taking off the black plastic clamp to its right. Reinserting the drive is also vastly easier when done this way.

ratiocination, · Reply

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