Power Mac G5 CD-ROM Drive Replacement

Replace the CD-ROM drive.

Use this guide to replace the CD-ROM drive in your Power Mac G5.

Sections

Edit Step 1 Side Panel  ¶ 

Image 1/1: To avoid electrocution, shut down the computer. Do not open the computer or attempt to install any items inside it while the computer is on.

Edit Step 1 Side Panel  ¶ 

  • To avoid electrocution, shut down the computer. Do not open the computer or attempt to install any items inside it while the computer is on.

  • To avoid being shocked, wait at least 10 minutes to allow the computer's internal components to cool.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1:

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove all the cables, including the power cables before opening the unit.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The panel should fall out. If the panel does not fall out by itself pull a little from the edges.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Lift the tab to unlock the side panel.

  • The panel should fall out. If the panel does not fall out by itself pull a little from the edges.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Remove the air deflector (the clear plastic cover) by pulling on the handle.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the air deflector (the clear plastic cover) by pulling on the handle.

Edit Step 5 CD-ROM Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Locate the CD-ROM Drive on the top left corner of desktop.

Edit Step 5 CD-ROM Drive  ¶ 

  • Locate the CD-ROM Drive on the top left corner of desktop.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Pull and rotate latches to the left.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Pull and rotate latches to the left.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Wiggle and pull out the CD Drive.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Wiggle and pull out the CD Drive.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Detach the second cable from the CD-ROM drive.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Detach the first cable from the CD-ROM drive.

  • Detach the second cable from the CD-ROM drive.

  • On some models, the IDE cable is stuck to the top of the CD-ROM with foam tape. It is easier to unplug the IDE connector from the motherboard, and de-route the IDE cable as you remove the drive.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/1: After the CD-ROM drive is removed, the area should look like this.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • After the CD-ROM drive is removed, the area should look like this.

Conclusion

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

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I don't see why you'd need to remove the plastic cover

Petteri - Reply

Fix THIS, Ifixit: Months after writing the above comment on another guide page entirely, where I already tried in vain to remove multiplies of it, I come to check something on this site and discover the same comment has spread to any guides that actually do require removing the plastic cover! And apparently there's just no way to remove them! :D Ifix my reputation! How's it possible one's comment can multiply and spread like this on this site, like a virus...

Petteri -

The front of the existing photo does not show a polished faceplate that Apple added to the drive, at least on my late 2004 G5. At first I was concerned that I'd damage it, as if it were physically attached to the chassis, but thankfully it was not. My drive ended up sliding out as the instructions show.

That faceplate is easily popped off the old drive and placed atop your new drive. BE ADVISED: The door of your new drive is unlikely to completely clear the opening of your G5. Until I shave off a couple of millimeters from the new drive's top door face, I have to help it by pulling the tray with my two index fingers. You will too.

mdlaliberte - Reply

Best would be to remove the front bezel from the tray, leaving just the tray itself.

Yishai Sered - Reply

Be careful here - my G5 had the ribbon cable taped to the top of the drive. I had to peel it off before I could remove the drive from the case.

Phil Calvert - Reply

The service manual deals with this differently: detach the other end of the ribbon cable from the logic board, and let the cable come out with the drive. You need to remove the intake fans to see it, but that's no big deal.

You can then peel off the tape from the old drive (they recommend "gently, so the double-sided tape stays on the cable"), and re-tape the cable to the new drive.

When re-assembling, let the cable fall behind the logic board, feed it through the slot and plug it in. Then put the fans back in place.

Yishai Sered - Reply


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