Introduction

The PowerBook 180 was one of Apple's top of the line notebook computers at around 1993. It was in high demand through all of its life, and had a selling price of about $3900 base model. This computer can run System 7 - 8.1 (through Born Again) and has a 68030 processor running at 33mhz.

The PowerBook 180 has a removable Ni-Cad battery on the side.  Before we start this repair, we need to make sure the computer does not have any power source - so you don't get shocked and the computer doesn't die. Slide the battery door to the front of the computer, as directed by the arrows.
  • The PowerBook 180 has a removable Ni-Cad battery on the side. Before we start this repair, we need to make sure the computer does not have any power source - so you don't get shocked and the computer doesn't die.

  • Slide the battery door to the front of the computer, as directed by the arrows.

  • Pull out the battery.

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There are 5 Torx T8 screws that hold the bottom of the PowerBook 180. 4 are on the side, and one is above the modem port at the back of the computer.
  • There are 5 Torx T8 screws that hold the bottom of the PowerBook 180.

  • 4 are on the side, and one is above the modem port at the back of the computer.

  • Remove these screws.

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Remove the bottom plate by prying up with either a flathead screwdriver or plastic object, such as a credit card. Keep in mind the bottom left and right corners of the PowerBook 180 is very hard to open - you may need to use some extra force to open that side.
  • Remove the bottom plate by prying up with either a flathead screwdriver or plastic object, such as a credit card.

  • Keep in mind the bottom left and right corners of the PowerBook 180 is very hard to open - you may need to use some extra force to open that side.

  • Your PowerBook 180 should look like the two pictures - with separate top and bottom halves.

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Identify the RAM in the PowerBook 180.  It is marked in red in the picture.
  • Identify the RAM in the PowerBook 180. It is marked in red in the picture.

  • For this PowerBook, there is 4mb of Kingston RAM - a lot back in those times!

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Remove the RAM by using a plastic object (such as a credit card) along the red marked area in the picture.  The RAM is very flexible, so be very careful. Now place the new RAM into the empty socket.
  • Remove the RAM by using a plastic object (such as a credit card) along the red marked area in the picture. The RAM is very flexible, so be very careful.

  • Now place the new RAM into the empty socket.

  • Follow these instructions in reverse order to reassemble the PowerBook 180.

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Conclusion

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

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