Introduction

Is your PowerBook mute? Replace your speakers.

  1. Use your thumbs to push the two battery retaining tabs away from the battery.
    • 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.

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  2. Remove the three 2.3 mm Phillips screws securing the memory cover to the lower case.
    • 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.

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    • 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.

    The ZIF cable locks are the little grey pieces seen on the cable-side ends of the white bar. They will slide, as per detailed picture, toward the cable.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to slide the trackpad ribbon cable out of its socket.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

    Sometimes the "tags"/"lugs" that are around the edge of the top & bottom frame, be careful not to bend them as when putting back the covers they will not merge. I used a screwdriver to poke through the hole the screw was supposed go in & push against the "inside nut" to let the tag from the top slide down between the 2 tags. The "inside nut" is like the one right next to the ribbon cable as shown in Dia.14. The screws are from Dia. 7&8.

    harry allcock - Reply

    in what direction does one move the ZIF cable lock? what/where is its socket?

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    When putting the machine back together (following steps in reverse), make sure the trackpad ribbon cable comes through the underside of the computer — there is an opening that the cable needs to go through and you will want to “thread the needle” with the cable before securing the upper case again.

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    • Disconnect the RJ-11 cable from the modem.

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    • If necessary, remove the strip of tape covering the speaker cables.

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    • Use your fingernails or the tip of a spudger to separate the ZIF cable lock from its socket.

    • The ZIF cable lock will move about 1 mm and stop. Do not attempt to completely remove the ZIF cable lock.

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    • Pull the DC-in ribbon cable straight away from its socket.

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    • Peel the DC-in cable off the adhesive securing it to the lower case.

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    • If necessary, use the tip of a spudger to remove the small piece of foam tape from the side of the left speaker.

    • De-route the AirPort antenna cables from the channel in the left speaker.

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    • Remove the single 6.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the left speaker to the lower case.

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    • Lift the left speaker from its rear edge and maneuver it out of the lower case, minding the cables sitting in the channel near the front edge of the left speaker.

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    • Remove the single 6.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the speaker cable ground loop to the lower case.

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    • Peel back the piece of foil tape covering the modem cable to free the speaker cable held underneath.

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    • Pull the speaker cable straight up to disconnect it from the sound card.

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    • In the next few steps, you will disconnect several ribbon cables that cover the right speaker cable.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive ribbon cable connector up off the logic board.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the sound card cable connector up off the logic board.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive cable connector up off the logic board.

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    • Use your fingernails or the tip of a spudger to separate the ZIF cable lock from its socket.

    • The ZIF cable lock will move about 1 mm and stop. Do not attempt to completely remove the ZIF cable lock.

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    • Pull the PRAM battery & USB board cable out of its socket.

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    • Use a spudger to de-route the display data cable from the channel in the right speaker.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the power button LED window off the right speaker.

    • Try to place the window curved-side down on your work surface to keep the adhesive around its perimeter clean.

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    • Remove the single T8 6.9 mm Torx screw securing the right speaker to the lower case.

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    • Lift the right speaker out of the lower case.

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    • De-route the speaker cable from the clips along the front edge of the logic board.

    • The clips open in different directions, so be careful to not break any off during removal.

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Conclusion

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

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