iBook G3 Clamshell Lower Case Replacement

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Everything must come out... Then you can replace the bottom case.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Use a coin to turn both battery locking screws 90 degrees to the left.

  • Remove the battery cover.

  • Remove the battery from the computer by pulling up on the plastic tab.

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Edit Step 2 Airport Card  ¶ 

  • Pull the keyboard release tabs toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free. Note that the keyboard ribbon is still attached to the logic board, so you cannot completely remove the keyboard yet.

  • If the keyboard does not come free, use a small flathead screwdriver to turn the keyboard locking screw (between F4 and F5 key) 180 degrees in either direction and try again.

  • Rotate the keyboard away from the screen and rest it face-down on the trackpad area.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • If your computer does not have an airport card, you can skip the next two steps.

  • Grasp the clear plastic tab on the airport card and pull up and toward the display.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Hold the airport card in one hand and use your other hand to remove the antenna cable.

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Edit Step 5 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Remove the two Phillips screws that secure the RAM shield.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Grasp the wire metal bracket on top of the RAM shield and pull upward to remove the shield.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Pull up the keyboard connector cable by its clear plastic loop.

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Edit Step 8 Upper Case  ¶ 

  • Use a straightened paperclip to manually eject the CD-ROM tray.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Turn the computer over so that the bottom is facing up.

  • Remove the following Torx screws:

    • Four short T8 Torx near the battery compartment.

    • Two long T8 Torx near the hinges.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Pull the CD-ROM drive tray partly out.

  • Remove the silver Phillips screw from the plastic casing.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Turn the computer over.

  • Remove the three Phillips screws.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • This is a diagram of the trackpad ribbon clamp connector you will disconnect in the next step.

  • 1) With your fingernails, grasp the locking bar on either side and pull up a small amount (about 1/16" or 2 mm).

  • 2) After disengaging the locking bar, slide the cable out of the connector.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Loosen the trackpad clamp by pulling the top piece up slightly, freeing the trackpad ribbon.

  • Slide the orange trackpad ribbon out of the clamp.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Do not lift the upper case too far without first disconnecting the audio cable.

  • Push out the rim of the lower case and pull up on the upper case, grasping it just to the left of the optical drive.

  • Repeat the above step on the upper left corner of the upper case, grasping the bottom left corner of the upper case.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the audio cable.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Grasp the upper case on either side of the keyboard space and rotate up and away from the screen.

  • You may be thinking you're about to break your upper case. Not to worry - the tabs holding the upper and lower cases together are very strong. Simply apply even pressure and continue to rotate the upper case up and away from the screen until it comes free.

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Edit Step 17 Optical Drive  ¶ 

  • If the optical drive is not open, use a straightened paperclip to open it now.

  • Remove the 5 mm standoff.

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the optical drive cable from the logic board.

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Lift up on the optical drive while sequentially pushing the small plastic tabs one after another toward the screen to free one side of the drive.

  • Lift up the side of the optical drive you just freed and slide the drive out and away from the screen.

  • When reinstalling the optical drive, be sure that the drive tray is out far enough to slide under the lower casing rim.

  • If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.

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Edit Step 20 Modem  ¶ 

  • Remove the following Phillips screws:

    • Remove the longer Phillips screw from the middle-rear of the modem shield.

    • Remove the three identical Phillips screws, two on either side of the EMI fingers, and the remaining one on the right side of the modem shield.

    • Remove the larger Phillips screw that secures the EMI fingers to the modem board.

  • Remove the EMI fingers.

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Peel the modem shield away from the metal framework below, working from the right front and moving to the left.

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Remove the Phillips screw from the left side of the modem.

  • Pry up the right side of the modem.

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Lift the modem partially out and disconnect the cable on the left side.

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Edit Step 24 Display  ¶ 

  • Remove the Phillips screw from the left hinge.

  • Peel up the airport cable from beneath the yellow tape.

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the large display data cable from the logic board and deroute it from the plastic and metal tabs.

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the backlight cable from the logic board and deroute it.

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Remove the three small Phillips screws from the clutch cover.

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Finally, support the display with one hand while unscrewing the last Phillips screw from the right hinge (push the display gently down to avoid putting pressure on the screw).

  • Remove the display assembly.

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Edit Step 29 EMI Shield  ¶ 

  • Remove the two small Phillips screws from the RJ-11 board.

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Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Push out the lower case rim and pull the RJ-11 board out of the computer.

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Deroute the speaker cable from the metal framework and disconnect it from the logic board.

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Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • There are six screws to remove (if you have an iBook without Firewire the screw circled in orange will not be present):

    • Two short, flat-headed Phillips screws near the battery compartment.

    • One short, round-headed Phillips near the speaker cable connector. (This is present on some models, but not others - especially the older ones)

    • One short, flat-headed Phillips between the ethernet and USB ports.

    • One short, flat-headed Phillips to the left of the hole-y (polite laughter) area.

    • One long, round-headed Phillips screw near the power receptacle.

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Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • Lift the right side of the EMI shield up and pull it out of the computer.

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Edit Step 34 Charger Board  ¶ 

  • Remove the single Phillips screw from the plastic trackpad support.

  • Lift the trackpad support off the charger board.

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Edit Step 35  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the charger board cable from the logic board.

  • Remove the charger board.

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Edit Step 36 DC-In Board  ¶ 

  • Push down firmly on the logic board and pull the DC-In board up from its connectors and then to the left.

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Edit Step 37 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 5 mm standoffs securing the hard drive to the logic board.

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Edit Step 38  ¶ 

  • Pull the hard drive cable up from the logic board, using the plastic loop.

  • Lift the hard drive, with metal bracket attached, from the logic board.

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Edit Step 39 Logic Board  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screw and standoffs (the standoffs progress from smallest to largest):

    • One flat-headed Phillips screw near the left side of the RAM slot.

    • The smallest standoff, near where the left hinge used to be.

    • The slightly larger standoff, near where the right hinge used to be.

    • The even larger standoff, near the right side of the RAM slot.

    • The largest standoff, above where the optical drive used to be.

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Edit Step 40  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the charger board cable from the logic board.

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Edit Step 41  ¶ 

  • Grasp the logic board to the left of where the optical drive used to be and pull it up from the lower case.

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Edit Step 42 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Lower case remains.

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

For more information, check out the iBook G3 Clamshell device page.

Required Tools

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Please note: these screws can (and may!) strip easily, so take extra care in removing them!

LambdaCalculus, · Reply

In part 1, you can use a small flat-blade screwdriver to lift the locking bar. This will not put pressure on the cable itself. Each end of the locking bar will click when it has been lifted sufficiently.

Don Solomon, · Reply

When replacing the upper case, test the trackpad button to make sure it clicks before proceeding. If it does not operate properly, remove the upper case and reattach it.

Don Solomon, · Reply

When reinstalling, hold the display so the clutch cover is flush with the panel below. Make sure no wires are caught before tightening the screws.

Don Solomon, · Reply

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