iMac G4 17" 1.25 GHz Model M9168LLA PowerMac 6,1 introduced in 2003.

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superdrive, hard drive and memory replace and upgrade

Has anyone attempted to take apart the iMac G4 17" 1 Ghz model. My DVD drive died and I figured while it is open upgrade everything I can. I have spare 1GB DIMM ram, spare 250 GB Hard drive and spare DVD drive, also that thermal paste. Any advice will be helpful, and if anyone has a step by step guide with pictures will also be appreciated.

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The upgrade went flawlessly, the machine is performing better than before.

FYI to install a OEM DVD/CD burner you must remove the entire plastic faceplate of the drive case.

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Here's a 24 page instruction guide on the optical and hard drive replacement. This is one of the most difficult machines to work on that Apple ever made so take your time:

Make sure you have the correct RAM, ATA/IDE hard drive and optical that will work.

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