PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1-1.67 GHz SuperDrive Replacement

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Upgrade or replace the SuperDrive.

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Orient the computer so that the side with the line of screws on it is away from you.

  • Use your thumbs to push both battery release tabs away so that the edge of the battery lifts up.

  • Lift the battery out of the computer.

Edit Step 2 Upper Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2 Upper Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the three identical Phillips screws from the memory door.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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  • Lift the memory door up enough so that you can get a grip on it, and slide it toward you, pulling it away from the casing.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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  • Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip at the same time. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

  • Pull the chip directly out from its connectors. If there is a second RAM chip installed, pop it out in the same manner.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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  • This is a diagram of the trackpad ribbon clamp connector you will disconnect in the next step.

  • 1) With your fingernails, grasp the locking bar on either side slide it a small amount (about 1/16" or 2 mm) towards the battery.

  • 2) After disengaging the locking bar, slide the cable out of the connector.

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  • For this step, you only need to move the connector about 2 mm. Pulling too hard or too far will damage the connector.

  • Loosen the trackpad connector by pulling the locking bar toward the battery housing, using the tips of your fingers.

  • Slide the trackpad cable out of the loosened connector.

  • When reattaching the trackpad ribbon cable, make sure that the orange cable is slid into the connector above the locking bar.

  • Note: When reassembling the case, the trackpad cable can get stuck below the slot to the motherboard. It's possible to nudge it out slowly by gently prodding it on either side with a small screwdriver. You don't need to use much force to do this. Eventually it will just pop back out and you can reconnect as per the instructions above. Also, note that the locking bar comes loose so if you see a little piece of plastic lying around when reassembling, that's what it is. :)

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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  • Remove the following 10 screws from the bottom case:

    • Three 1.7 mm Phillips from the front edge of the battery compartment.

    • One 3.9 mm T8 Torx to the right of the memory card.

    • One 6.9 mm T8 Torx at the left edge of the memory compartment.

    • Three 12.4 mm fully threaded Phillips from the center of the row of screws along the back edge of the case.

    • Two 15.1 mm 2.5 mm threaded Phillips, one from either end of the row of screws along the back edge of the case.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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  • Turn the computer over and rotate it so that the DVI port faces you.

  • Remove the four identical Phillips screws spread along this edge of the case.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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  • Turn the computer 180 degrees so that the power receptacle faces you, and remove the four Phillips screws (identical to those in the last step).

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • Open the computer and turn it so that the screen faces you.

  • Pull the upper case off, lifting from the back, and working around the edges.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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  • Use a spudger to loosen the casing if it sticks.

  • Once the casing is entirely free, lift it off of the computer.

Edit Step 12 SuperDrive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 SuperDrive  ¶ 

  • Remove the four ( 3 - 6.9 mm & 1 - 4 mm) T8 Torx screws from the four corners of the SuperDrive.

  • The shorter screw goes in the front, right corner.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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  • The optical drive ribbon cable is very fragile. Be sure to gently lift up the cable on the sides. Do not lift up on the cable from the end closest to the display.

  • Carefully disconnect the orange optical drive ribbon from the logic board.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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  • Lift the optical drive at the right, front corner, and slide it out of the computer (be careful not to catch the PRAM battery cable).

  • If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.

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

For more information, check out the PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1-1.67 GHz device page.

Required Tools

TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Which screw driver I have to use here?

smartvideocanada, · Reply

Where can I get a replacement clip for the ribbon cable?

applerepairshop, · Reply

i believe that you have the torx screws reversed here. The longer one should go on the left and vise versa.

spatz, · Reply

oops, my bad. You're right.

spatz, · Reply

BE VERY CAREFUL when replacing the keyboard to thread the keyboard ribbon cable through the slot. The steps didn't appear to make this warning and when I replaced all screws, found that it was jammed and would not come through to connect with the connector. I had to undo a lot of steps to go back and rethread it properly.

Ted, · Reply

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