Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the right fan from your PowerBook.

Use a coin to turn the battery locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.
  • Use a coin to turn the battery locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.

  • Lift the battery out of the computer.

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Remove the following 10 screws:
  • Remove the following 10 screws:

    • Two 3 mm Phillips in the battery compartment, on either side of the battery contacts.

    • Four 3 mm Phillips around the memory compartment.

    • Four 16 mm Phillips along the hinge.

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Remove the memory compartment cover.
  • Remove the memory compartment cover.

  • Remove the two 12 mm Phillips screws on the Aluminum bracket at the top of the memory compartment.

I had 7mm screws here instead of 12mm. Did without them till later.

gepkes - Reply

I have an Aluminum PowerBook G4 1.67Ghz since 2006.

3/4 (from bottom to top) of the LCD becomes either black or is jumbled each time I turn on the MAC or move the screen. I need to press the LCD at several locations in order for this problem to go.... any advice ?

Polanskiman - Reply

re: Polanskiman; this is usually caused by a loose ribbon connector on the rear of the LCD. Open up the display, remove the LCD, lay flat and re-connect the ribbon plug.

aaiverson - Reply

Rotate the computer 90 degrees clockwise so the power receptacle faces you.
  • Rotate the computer 90 degrees clockwise so the power receptacle faces you.

  • Remove the three 3 mm Phillips screws along the edge of the lower case.

  • When replacing these screws, you must install them in the correct order. Begin by installing the screw closest to the display hinge, then work your way toward the front of the computer.

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Turn the computer 90 degrees clockwise so the hinge faces you.
  • Turn the computer 90 degrees clockwise so the hinge faces you.

  • Remove the lower 5 mm Phillips screw on each side of the hinge (two total).

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Rotate the computer 90 degrees clockwise so the ports face you.
  • Rotate the computer 90 degrees clockwise so the ports face you.

  • Remove the three 3 mm Phillips screws along the edge of the lower case.

  • When replacing these screws, you must install them in the correct order. Begin by installing the screw closest to the display hinge, then work your way toward the front of the computer. Also, be careful not to put the screws in the two holes on either side of the video out port.

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Turn the computer over and open the display.
  • Turn the computer over and open the display.

  • Remove the two 4.2 mm long, 1.5 mm hex screws at the top corners of the upper case (two total).

  • A T6 Torx driver will work, but repeated use will strip the screws.

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Grasp the back corners of the upper case and pull up.
  • Grasp the back corners of the upper case and pull up.

    • Do not pull the upper case off yet; you still need to disconnect the keyboard and trackpad cable.

  • Lift the back of the case up and work your fingers along the sides, freeing the case as you go. Once you have freed the sides, you may need to rock the case up and down to free the front of the upper case.

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Rotate the upper case up and toward the screen, so that the upper case rests against it.
  • Rotate the upper case up and toward the screen, so that the upper case rests against it.

First of all, awesome guide. I am using it in July 2015, and there is no way I could have successfully navigate the typical Apple laptop Rubik's cube of Powerbook maintenance.

Second, there is a REAL trick to removing the upper case here, and it involves knowing what those stupid internal metal catches look like so you can free them without folding your aluminum case into a pretzel.

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Remove the amber tape securing the trackpad ribbon to the logic board.
  • Remove the amber tape securing the trackpad ribbon to the logic board.

  • Disconnect the trackpad ribbon from the logic board by pulling up on the connector.

  • Remove the upper case from the computer.

in my g4 there is also a big transparent ribbon (for keyboard?), to the right of the amber trackpad ribbon, that i disconnected before removing case cover.

ykuwabara - Reply

re: ykuwabara; this is due to the differences between the Model A1095 (yours) and the newer A1138 (illustrated here). The A1138 combines the keyboard and trackpad signals into one cable.

aaiverson - Reply

Remove the 12 mm Phillips screw holding the right speaker assembly to the lower case.
  • Remove the 12 mm Phillips screw holding the right speaker assembly to the lower case.

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Use a spudger to gently pry the speaker out of its housing.
  • Use a spudger to gently pry the speaker out of its housing.

  • The right ambient light sensor cover is connected to the speaker and should not be removed.

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Disconnect the hard drive and optical drive connectors from the logic board. Disconnect the right speaker cable connector.
  • Disconnect the hard drive and optical drive connectors from the logic board.

  • Disconnect the right speaker cable connector.

  • De-route the right speaker cable and remove the speaker from the computer.

  • The right speaker cable may be trapped under the hard drive cable connector. If this is the case, the hard drive will have to be removed in order to de-route the cable and remove the right speaker.

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Disconnect the 11 remaining cable connectors, removing tape as necessary.
  • Disconnect the 11 remaining cable connectors, removing tape as necessary.

  • Some red boxes include two cable connectors.

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Remove the following 9 Phillips screws from the logic board:
  • Remove the following 9 Phillips screws from the logic board:

    • Three 6.5 mm in the upper left corner.

    • Six remaining 4.5 mm.

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Lift up the left side of the logic board enough to disconnect the black and red power cable from the left side of the logic board.
  • Lift up the left side of the logic board enough to disconnect the black and red power cable from the left side of the logic board.

  • While the logic board is lifted, also disconnect the battery connector.

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Remove the single black Phillips screw from the top of the left speaker housing. Remove the 4 mm hex nut from the left speaker housing.
  • Remove the single black Phillips screw from the top of the left speaker housing.

  • Remove the 4 mm hex nut from the left speaker housing.

  • Lift the left speaker housing from the lower case and disconnect the microphone/speaker connector.

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Lift the left side of the logic board and disconnect the modem cable from the underside of the logic board.  A spudger is useful for freeing the connector from its adhesive.
  • Lift the left side of the logic board and disconnect the modem cable from the underside of the logic board. A spudger is useful for freeing the connector from its adhesive.

For reassembly, it is much easier to keep the PC cage out, place this cable, and then install the PC cage.

Ben Ruiz - Reply

Ben Ruiz is right. Due to its short length, I found no way to sneak this cable under the logic board and attach it. Its not hard at all to remove the PC cage first ( which also mean removing the left speaker housing), then you can plug the cable into the board before you maneuver the board into place, and then plug the cable to the socket exposed by having removed the PC cage. Then replace the PC cage.

John Hallstrom - Reply

Very gently lift up the left side of the logic board.
  • Very gently lift up the left side of the logic board.

  • If the logic board does not immediately come free, it may be necessary to soften the thermal paste between the logic board and heat sink. You can soften the thermal compound using a hairdryer. Move the hairdryer back and forth between the two fans about one inch above the logic board for one minute. At this point, the logic board should now come free easily.

  • Lift the left edge of the board up to approximately a 30 degree angle (if you don't have your protractor handy, just lift until the DVI port clears the right hinge).

  • Once the logic board clears the ports, slide it out to the left.

It's very hard to put the underside cables back in their place,i recommend to remove the PC card cage to make more place for your fingers!

joelc - Reply

It is much, MUCH easier if you take out the screen before messing around with the logic board. On the way back is also easier if you put the logic board before the screen.

Carlos Ferrari - Reply

  • Important! When you reinstall a logic board, you'll need to replace the thermal paste that goes between the processor on the logic board and the heat sink. Failure to remove the old paste and apply a new layer can cause the computer to overheat and sustain damage. The following steps refer to replacing the thermal paste between the processor and heat sink; follow these steps only when you are ready to place the logic board in the computer.

    • Use a firm plastic edge to scrape the thermal material off the heat sink.

    • Apply a new layer of thermal paste to the heat sink.

  • The PC Card cage needs to be removed before installing your new logic board. The modem cable runs from the modem to the logic board, but connects to the modem underneath the PC Card Cage. After removing the PC card cage, you will need to disconnect the modem cable from the modem, plug it into the bottom of the logic board, and then plug it back into the modem. The PC Card cage can then be reinstalled by following the instructions backwards.

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Remove the 3 Phillips screws securing the right fan to it's housing.
  • Remove the 3 Phillips screws securing the right fan to it's housing.

  • Lift the fan out of it's housing, removing tape as necessary.

Is there any thermal pad bedween GPU and heatsink because this was missing in mine Powerbook. There was a gap of 1mm bedween heatsink and GPU. I put in an alluminum plate of 1mm with thermal grease. Is that a building failure or did I something wrong. The first time iI disassembled it there was a huge mength of thermal grease to close the gap but this is not efficient so I replaced it with teh alu plate.

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Conclusion

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

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