Power Mac G5 CD-ROM Drive Replacement

Student-Created Guide

Student-Created Guide

An awesome student from our education program made this guide. It is not managed by iFixit staff.

This will show you how to replace your CD-ROM Drive in your desktop.

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Edit Step 1 Side Panel  ¶ 

  • To avoid electrocution, shut down the computer. Do not open the computer or attempt to install any items inside it while the computer is on.

  • To avoid being shocked, wait at least 10 minutes to allow the computer's internal components to cool.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove all the cables, including the power cables before opening the unit.

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  • Lift the tab to unlock the side panel.

  • The panel should fall out. If the panel does not fall out by itself pull a little from the edges.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the air deflector (the clear plastic cover) by pulling on the handle.

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Edit Step 5 CD-ROM Drive  ¶ 

  • Locate the CD-ROM Drive on the top left corner of desktop.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Pull and rotate latches to the left.

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  • Wiggle and pull out the CD Drive.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Detach the first cable from the CD-ROM drive.

  • Detach the second cable from the CD-ROM drive.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • After the CD-ROM drive is removed, the area should look like this.

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

For more information, check out the Power Mac G5 device page.

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The front of the existing photo does not show a polished faceplate that Apple added to the drive, at least on my late 2004 G5. At first I was concerned that I'd damage it, as if it were physically attached to the chassis, but thankfully it was not. My drive ended up sliding out as the instructions show.

That faceplate is easily popped off the old drive and placed atop your new drive. BE ADVISED: The door of your new drive is unlikely to completely clear the opening of your G5. Until I shave off a couple of millimeters from the new drive's top door face, I have to help it by pulling the tray with my two index fingers. You will too.

mdlaliberte, · Reply

Best would be to remove the front bezel from the tray, leaving just the tray itself.

Yishai Sered, · Reply

Be careful here - my G5 had the ribbon cable taped to the top of the drive. I had to peel it off before I could remove the drive from the case.

Phil Calvert, · Reply

The service manual deals with this differently: detach the other end of the ribbon cable from the logic board, and let the cable come out with the drive. You need to remove the intake fans to see it, but that's no big deal.

You can then peel off the tape from the old drive (they recommend "gently, so the double-sided tape stays on the cable"), and re-tape the cable to the new drive.

When re-assembling, let the cable fall behind the logic board, feed it through the slot and plug it in. Then put the fans back in place.

Yishai Sered, · Reply

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