Power Mac G4 Cube Optical Drive Replacement

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Installing a new optical drive.

  • Author: Ryan Chun
  • Time required: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Installing the optical drive involves removing the outer case before actual installation.

Edit Step 1 Outer Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Outer Case  ¶ 

  • Release the back handle of the PowerMac. Slowly pull out the cube by holding the end of the handle. Watch for any parts that may become entangled with the outer case.

  • Push back the handle after you have taken the core out of the case.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Place the cube upside down and remove the four T10 Torx screws on the front plate. Then remove the two screws on each side.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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  • Slowly lift the plate off the cube and disconnect the power cord.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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  • Remove the four pillars from each corner.

  • The pillars should come out fairly easily.

Edit Step 5 Optical Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 Optical Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove a total of four screws on the sides of the optical drive.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Slowly lift up the optical drive and remove the IDE cable.

  • Remove the power cable.

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

For more information, check out the Power Mac G4 Cube device page.

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If the Cube has an Airport card installed, it must be removed. This can be accomplished by disconnecting its antenna, and pulling gently on the clear plastic tab on its end. The bracket it is contained in must be unlatched from the frame and rotated out of the way to get to the two optical drive mounting screws beneath it.

olearydq, · Reply

There is a ribbed cooling plate attached to the hard drive that must be removed before step 7.

isitism, · Reply

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