Introduction

Repairing the optical drive in the Power Mac G4 Quicksilver.

Parts

No parts required.

The handle to open your computer is located on top of the right side panel.
  • The handle to open your computer is located on top of the right side panel.

Grab the circular handle and pull outward. Grab the circular handle and pull outward.
  • Grab the circular handle and pull outward.

Your computer is now open and ready for repair.
  • Your computer is now open and ready for repair.

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The optical drive is in the top left corner of the case.
  • The optical drive is in the top left corner of the case.

There are four screws to be removed. The first screw can be seen in the first picture.
  • There are four screws to be removed.

  • The first screw can be seen in the first picture.

  • The remaining three screws can be seen in the second picture.

Remove the optical drive by pulling the drive away from the front of the computer and out.
  • Remove the optical drive by pulling the drive away from the front of the computer and out.

Detach the two cables attached to the back of the drive.
  • Detach the two cables attached to the back of the drive.

  • The flat ribbon cable can be detached by pulling the silver tab. The multicolored cable can be removed by grasping the plastic connector on either side and pulling with substantial force.

Remove the four screws holding the enclosure to the drive.
  • Remove the four screws holding the enclosure to the drive.

Push on the back of the drive (side with the connectors) to slide the drive out of the enclosure.
  • Push on the back of the drive (side with the connectors) to slide the drive out of the enclosure.

  • Your optical drive is now ready to be replaced.

Conclusion

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

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