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iBook G3 Clamshell Optical Drive Replacement

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Upgrade or replace the CD or DVD drive.

Step 1 Optical Drive  ¶ 

If the optical drive is not open, use a straightened paperclip to open it now.

Step 1 Optical Drive  ¶ 

  • If the optical drive is not open, use a straightened paperclip to open it now.

  • Remove the 5 mm standoff.

Step 2  ¶ 

Disconnect the optical drive cable from the logic board.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the optical drive cable from the logic board.

Step 3  ¶ 

Lift up on the optical drive while sequentially pushing the small plastic tabs one after another toward the screen to free one side of the drive.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Lift up on the optical drive while sequentially pushing the small plastic tabs one after another toward the screen to free one side of the drive.

  • Lift up the side of the optical drive you just freed and slide the drive out and away from the screen.

  • When reinstalling the optical drive, be sure that the drive tray is out far enough to slide under the lower casing rim.

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