PowerBook G3 Pismo Display Replacement

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Change out the entire display assembly, including the hinges and plastic casing.

Sections

Edit Step 1 Keyboard  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Turn the keyboard locking screw so that it is parallel to the space bar.

  • Pull the keyboard release tabs toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free.

  • Lift the keyboard out by pulling it up and away from you. Rest the keyboard, face down, on top of the track pad.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Pull the keyboard ribbon straight up from the logic board. Place the keyboard aside.

  • The connector may be tight. Gently rock the connector from side to side while pulling directly upward to free it. You can use this technique on many of the cards and cables you'll be disconnecting.

  • Make sure you have removed the laptop battery and CD/DVD modules from the expansion bays before proceeding.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

Edit Step 4 Heat Shield  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Heat Shield  ¶ 

  • Remove the two silver Phillips #1 screws that attach the heat shield to the internal metal framework.

  • Lift the heat shield up and pull it toward you.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

Edit Step 6 Airport Card  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 Airport Card  ¶ 

  • Skip this step if your computer does not have an Airport card installed.

  • Firmly grasp the plastic tab attached to the Airport card and pull up and then to the right.

  • The Airport card is still attached to the antenna cable, so don't just yank it out of the slot.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the antenna cable from the Airport card.

Edit Step 8 PRAM Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8 PRAM Battery  ¶ 

  • Pull the battery cable directly up from the logic board.

  • Remove the battery from its holder by pulling up and to the left.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

Edit Step 10 Heat Sink  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10 Heat Sink  ¶ 

  • Remove the long silver Phillips #1 screw from the heat sink.

  • Remove the two T8 Torx screws that attach the heat sink to the processor.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Lift the heat sink up from the left side and pull it out.

  • If you need to mount the heat sink back into the laptop, we have a thermal paste guide that makes replacing the thermal compound easy.

Edit Step 12 Processor  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 Processor  ¶ 

  • Grasp the plastic tab on the processor's right side and pull it directly up.

  • Some processors may be missing the plastic pull tab. In this case, we suggest using a non-metal tool to gently pry up the processor. Slip the tool's thin edge under the front right corner of the processor and carefully pry it up.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

Edit Step 14 Modem  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14 Modem  ¶ 

  • Remove the black Torx screw from the right side of the modem.

  • Remove the small black plastic rectangle with four holes.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Use the tips of your fingers, a spudger, or a flat non-metal tool to get under the modem's edge and pry it up from its socket.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the cable from the right side of the modem.

Edit Step 17 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Grasp the orange cable at the left end of the hard drive and disconnect it from the logic board.

  • Try to grasp the cable on the plastic connector rather than on the flexible cable section.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Grasp the plastic tab and pull the hard drive up and to the left, making sure that the metal bracket doesn't catch on the black plastic casing.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

Edit Step 20 Clutch Cover  ¶ 

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Edit Step 20 Clutch Cover  ¶ 

  • Push the display back so that it lies flat.

  • Slip your index finger or a nylon tool under the clutch cover near the power button and pull gently upward until you feel it come free.

  • Repeat the previous step on the left side.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Lift the clutch cover up and off, rotating it toward yourself.

Edit Step 22 Inverter  ¶ 

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Edit Step 22 Inverter  ¶ 

  • Grasp the orange display data cable and disconnect it from the logic board.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Remove the single black Torx screw that fastens the display cable to the plastic casing.

  • Grasp the thin display inverter board at its left end; lift up and rotate toward yourself.

  • There are two tabs that hold the display inverter in place; these are what you need to get past in order to pull the board free.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the white inverter cable from the right end of the board

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the inverter plug, pulling directly up from the logic board.

Edit Step 26 Display  ¶ 

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Edit Step 26 Display  ¶ 

  • Turn the laptop around so that its back faces you.

  • Open the port door located at the back of the laptop.

  • Remove the four black Torx screws.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Returning to the front, pull the black Airport antenna up from its recessed housing.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Hold the display on both sides and pull directly up until its hinges are free of their mounts.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Your laptop should look approximately like this.

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

For more information, check out the PowerBook G3 Pismo device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

On my M7572, these are T9s not Philips.

Rufleyboy, · Reply

On mine, the airport card had been put it with the orange ribbon OVER the top, so had to unplug the righthand connector and then plug it back in after (see pic for Step 8)

Rufleyboy, · Reply

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