iBook G3 Clamshell Upper Case Replacement
- Author: iRobot
- Difficulty: Moderate
Changing the top case will also give you a new trackpad.
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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.
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.
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.