Introduction

In order to upgrade your PowerBook's RAM or replace a faulty RAM card you will need first remove the existing RAM card.

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  • Close the screen and turn the PowerBook over. Orient the computer so the text of the label is right side up.

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  • Press and hold the button on the left of the front side and slide the battery out.

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  • With a T8 torx screwdriver, remove the three 24mm torx screws along the middle of the back panel.

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Image 1/3: Before attempting to remove the keyboard, note that a ribbon cable connects  the keyboard to the logic board. Improper removal may damage your keyboard. Image 2/3: Carefully lift the front of the keyboard up slightly and then slide the keyboard towards yourself. Image 3/3: Then carefully lift the top half of the keyboard and rotate it towards yourself.
  • Turn the computer over and open the display. You should see that the keyboard is loose.

  • Before attempting to remove the keyboard, note that a ribbon cable connects the keyboard to the logic board. Improper removal may damage your keyboard.

  • Carefully lift the front of the keyboard up slightly and then slide the keyboard towards yourself.

  • Then carefully lift the top half of the keyboard and rotate it towards yourself.

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Image 1/2: Gently remove the ribbons from its tabs Image 2/2: Gently remove the ribbons from its tabs
  • Loosen the ribbon cables connecting the keyboard to the computer by using a plastic opening tool to lift the tabs on either side of the cable port.

  • Gently remove the ribbons from its tabs

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  • Gently wiggle the RAM card to loosen the connection until it pulls free.

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Conclusion

To install the new RAM card, follow these steps in reverse order.

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