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The PowerMac G5 is a desktop computer first produced in 2003 by the Apple Corporation. This guide will review the repair process of an Apple PowerMac G5 model number A1047 EMC 2061 from 2004. It was discontinued in 2006 as part of the Intel switch first to developers then consumers.

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Power Mac G5 - Side door lock fell off

I recently got a Power Mac G5 for $20 (pretty good deal). However, the latch on the back of the Mac that unlocks the side panel has fallen off, and the seller said he lost the screws for it. How can I put it back in its place, and where can I get the required screws?

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can we see a photo of the back of that latch?

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Someone managed to snap off the screw heads which holds the latch. Your image is a bit hard to see things clearly, it’s also possible you are just missing the screws. I’ve see this a few times in the Mac Pro systems as well.

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Here’s what it should look like

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Often I find these have a thread sealer on them so its not easy to get the threaded piece out. See if you can apply a dremel tool with a very small and thin cutter to cut in a slot into the screw. The other option is getting a left hand drill to ease out the core via drilling in the middle the drill might catch and unscrew the core.

Finding a replacement latch will take some doing and you’ll still need to find the needed flathead screws that hold it on.

I found this one listed which is the complete setup: PowerMac G5 Case Latch Lever + Lock

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@sheepshaver all you have to do is to place this

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back onto the handle

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and use two short metric thread screws to reattach it. From your images, the thread is existing and there are no broken screws etc. in it. Take the handle to any decent hardware or automotive store and try the screws out. It looks somewhere in the M3 to M4 range.

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@oldturkey03 - Why are you duplicating my answer???

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