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Replace your modem to regain dial-up internet access.

  1. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 2 PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Use your thumbs to push the two battery retaining tabs away from the battery.

    • The battery should pop up enough to rotate it toward yourself and lift it out of the lower case.

  2. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement, Memory Door: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three 2.3 mm Phillips screws securing the memory cover to the lower case.

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    • Lift the memory cover slightly and pull it toward yourself to remove it from the lower case.

  4. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement, Upper Case: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 14.7 mm shouldered Phillips.

    • Three 12.3 mm Phillips.

    • One 3.8 mm T8 Torx.

    • One 6.8 mm T8 Torx.

    • Three 1.3 mm Phillips.

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    • The ZIF cable is located underneath the bottom RAM slot. If your PowerBook has both RAM slots occupied, make sure to remove the RAM chip.

    • Use your fingernails to separate the ZIF cable lock away from its socket. (Move the two brown bits down 1mm)

    • The ZIF cable lock will move about a millimeter away from the socket before it stops (see picture 2). Do not try to remove the ZIF cable lock.

  6. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to slide the trackpad ribbon cable out of its socket.

  7. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the four 3.4 mm Phillips screws from the PC card side of the PowerBook.

    • When replacing these screws, you must reinstall each screw in the correct order. Begin by installing the screw closest to the display hinge, and go out from there.

  8. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the four 3.4 mm Phillips screws from the DVI connector side of the PowerBook.

    • When replacing these screws, you must reinstall each screw in the correct order. Begin by installing the screw closest to the display hinge, and go out from there.

    • During reassembly, make sure to reinstall the two screws on the right into their appropriate locations, and not the DVI port anchor holes.

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    • Depress the display latch release button and open your display.

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    • Starting near the display, lift the upper case straight up off the lower case, minding any cables that may get caught.

  11. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement, Modem: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • If necessary, peel back the strip of aluminum tape covering the modem cable.

  12. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the modem cable connector up off the modem.

  13. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the RJ-11 cable from the modem.

  14. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Use a 4 mm nut driver to remove the two nuts securing the modem to the PC card cage.

  15. PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Modem Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the modem straight up off the studs on the PC card cage.

Conclusion

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

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