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How do I open a Power Macintosh 5500/250

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I'm the proud owner of a 1997 Power Macintosh 5500/250. It's the Director's Edition, meaning it has a bit of extra graphics RAM and a Video Capture Card, which is nice, however the CD-ROM drive doesn't show up in the System Profiler (Mac OS 8.6).

From what I can see, there's about three points of entry, but rather than making a mess, I just want to get to the IO and check if there's a dodgy cable or something inside.

I have the OS disks and an upgrade to 9.2.2 which should bring this machine up to its latest it can handle, and then I was thinking of looking at a PowerPC Linux Distro that would get it on the net, kinda.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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Erick Watson, download the service manual for your new computer from the bottom of this page. Page 98 will tell you how to tear the beast apart:-)

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This beast certainly isn't new, I've had it for a while and let friends' kids play with it (the Performa intro is a nice touch and Sim City runs like a dream on it) however the CD-ROM drive has always needed fixing. I'm JUST getting around to it!

Thanks so much for the link, I really appreciate it. Will post here again once it's up and running :)


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