PowerBook G3 Wallstreet Keyboard Replacement

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Easy

Replacing this keyboard is easy and takes only a few minutes.

Relevant Parts

Edit Step 1 Keyboard  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Insert your index fingers inside the expansion bays and search for the two ribbed tabs on the underside of the upper case. The tabs are located near the bottom corners of the keyboard.

Edit Step 1 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Remove both expansion bay modules using the levers on the front of the computer.

  • Insert your index fingers inside the expansion bays and search for the two ribbed tabs on the underside of the upper case. The tabs are located near the bottom corners of the keyboard.

  • Pull the tabs toward yourself and the keyboard will pop up.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Pull the keyboard forward to disengage the tabs holding it in back and rotate it toward you.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Pull the keyboard forward to disengage the tabs holding it in back and rotate it toward you.

  • Rest the keyboard on the trackpad.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • This is a diagram of the ribbon clamp connectors 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.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Disconnect the two keyboard connectors by disengaging the clamps and pulling the ribbons directly upward.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the two keyboard connectors by disengaging the clamps and pulling the ribbons directly upward.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Slide a spudger downward between each plastic strain relief cable and the wall of the case in order to bow out the cable beyond the small tab holding it in place.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Slide a spudger downward between each plastic strain relief cable and the wall of the case in order to bow out the cable beyond the small tab holding it in place.

  • Once the strain relief cables are free, lift the keyboard off.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Your laptop should look approximately like this.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

Conclusion

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

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