Introduction

The Power Mac G4 MDD had various heatsinks based of the processor, it had a pure copper heatsink for the dual 1.42Ghz model, and a thick finned heatsink for earlier models, and the later models had a thin aluminum finned heatsink.

Parts

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Image 1/2: Six USB ports. Image 2/2: Four FireWire ports.
  • The Power Mac G4 MDD: the last, and the fastest G4-based Mac. This computer boasted up to a Dual 1.42GHz PowerPC G4 CPU (though I have a single 1.25GHz).

  • Six USB ports.

  • Four FireWire ports.

  • Assorted SCSI (SCSI50/SCSI68)

  • Assorted Audio

  • Video (ADC & DVI)

  • Networking (RJ-45 Ethernet/56k Modem)

  • Some later model MDD's (such as the dual 1.42GHz) Have a FireWire 800 Port Here:

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  • Pull on the side lever and lower the side of the case.

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Image 1/3: The MDD Uses A Maximum of 2GB PC2700 DDR,(512MB X4) and had 4 slots for ram. Image 2/3: The MDD Uses A Maximum of 2GB PC2700 DDR,(512MB X4) and had 4 slots for ram. Image 3/3: The MDD Uses A Maximum of 2GB PC2700 DDR,(512MB X4) and had 4 slots for ram.
  • The ram is between the graphics card, and the CPU, and removal is simple. Push the tabs down on both sides, this will free the ram, then lift it out.

  • The MDD Uses A Maximum of 2GB PC2700 DDR,(512MB X4) and had 4 slots for ram.

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Image 1/1: As there are two Phillips screws well, there are two that you can see in the photo, but you want to remove the screws that are behind them.
  • Now, remove these three Phillips screws:

  • As there are two Phillips screws well, there are two that you can see in the photo, but you want to remove the screws that are behind them.

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Image 1/2: Be careful when holding it, the edges can be sharp, making it likely to get cut if you hold it wrong! Image 2/2: As you may be able to tell, i have applied a replacement coat of Arctic Silver 5 to keep my MDD cooler than the stock paste, it really does a great job too!
  • Now, lift the heatsink up off the computer, it is pretty heavy, because it's a giant block of aluminum.

  • Be careful when holding it, the edges can be sharp, making it likely to get cut if you hold it wrong!

  • As you may be able to tell, i have applied a replacement coat of Arctic Silver 5 to keep my MDD cooler than the stock paste, it really does a great job too!

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  • The incredibly large heatsink, this thing is 5 Lbs of solid aluminum. Just like every other part in this, and many other Macs, the heatsink is made by: ...you guessed it, Foxconn.

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Conclusion

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

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