Introduction

Replacing the plastic bottom case.

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

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Lift the battery out of the computer.
  • Lift the battery out of the computer.

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Use a pin (or anything you like) to remove the three rubber feet from the lower case.
  • Use a pin (or anything you like) to remove the three rubber feet from the lower case.

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Remove the three newly-revealed Phillips screws.
  • Remove the three newly-revealed Phillips screws.

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Use a spudger or small flathead screwdriver to pry up the three metal rings that housed the rubber bumpers.
  • Use a spudger or small flathead screwdriver to pry up the three metal rings that housed the rubber bumpers.

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Deck the Halls
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Remove the three hex screws using a T8 Torx screwdriver (or Allen screws using an Allen key if these are used).
  • Remove the three hex screws using a T8 Torx screwdriver (or Allen screws using an Allen key if these are used).

  • The shorter screw is in the center of the computer.

Why use a T8 Torx when these screws are metric hex 2? The T8 didn't work at all. Other than that this was a very easy repair. It cost $29 instead of the $150 that I paid the last time a Mac shop made the same repair.

dalekaty - Reply

Quote from dalekaty:

Why use a T8 Torx when these screws are metric hex 2? The T8 didn't work at all. Other than that this was a very easy repair. It cost $29 instead of the $150 that I paid the last time a Mac shop made the same repair.

Had the same issue with a T8, although I blamed that on my T8 being quite stripped. Finding an appropriate bit was quite a challenge... but I'm pretty certain a T8 isn't correct. The screws have a hex head, not a Torx... maybe T8 is the closest thing that tends to fit...

Matt Falcon - Reply

The screw on the left wasnt able to get tight for some reason

Helena - Reply

Not Torx, but allen key (British wrench), 2mm

alicelittle - Reply

I attempted this last night following all the steps correctly, when I was done my ibook would not turn on. Now sure where I went wrong? Any ideas. Thank you

stefanienikole - Reply

Remove the two Phillips screws on either side of the battery contacts.
  • Remove the two Phillips screws on either side of the battery contacts.

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Breathe deeply. Trying times are ahead, but we promise the lower case does come off.
  • Breathe deeply. Trying times are ahead, but we promise the lower case does come off.

  • Push the thin rims of the lower case surrounding the battery compartment in, bending them past the tabs, and then lift up to free that corner of the lower case.

I printed these instructions out, and this one was at the top of page 2. I found the first paragraph amusing enough that I had to show my boss.

Kristoffer Bisher - Reply

There is a slot on the wall of the battery compartment that locks the lower case in place. Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry out the slot's lower rim and pull up on the lower case to free the slot from the tabs holding it.
  • There is a slot on the wall of the battery compartment that locks the lower case in place. Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry out the slot's lower rim and pull up on the lower case to free the slot from the tabs holding it.

  • Be careful not to break this clip!

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Run a spudger along the seam between the lower case and upper case on the front of the computer to free the tabs locking the lower case. Pull up on the lower case and continue to use the spudger as necessary until you hear three distinct clicks.
  • Run a spudger along the seam between the lower case and upper case on the front of the computer to free the tabs locking the lower case. Pull up on the lower case and continue to use the spudger as necessary until you hear three distinct clicks.

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Continue to run the spudger around the front, right corner. There are two tabs on the port side of the computer, one near the front corner and one near the sound-out port.
  • Continue to run the spudger around the front, right corner. There are two tabs on the port side of the computer, one near the front corner and one near the sound-out port.

For me, this was really the toughest part! Trying to find/get a good grip on the iBook and really *forcing* that spudger around. All without scratching the display.

bccreative - Reply

Once you loosen the the front the seam is very tight. I was able to slide the spudger in the middle of the port side instead of starting at the corner.

Robert Oliver - Reply

There are three tabs over the optical drive that must be released before the lower case can come off. Slide the spudger into the lower case above the optical drive and run it toward the back of the computer until you hear three distinct clicks.
  • There are three tabs over the optical drive that must be released before the lower case can come off. Slide the spudger into the lower case above the optical drive and run it toward the back of the computer until you hear three distinct clicks.

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Once the front and sides of the lower case are free, turn the computer so that the back is facing you and pull the lower case up and toward you until the back tabs pop free (it may be helpful to jiggle the case up and down).
  • Once the front and sides of the lower case are free, turn the computer so that the back is facing you and pull the lower case up and toward you until the back tabs pop free (it may be helpful to jiggle the case up and down).

This was the scariest part for me. I had to wiggle it a lot as it seemed to be stuck. But it did come loose.

Robert Oliver - Reply

Remove the small greasy springs with white plastic caps from either side of the battery contacts.
  • Remove the small greasy springs with white plastic caps from either side of the battery contacts.

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Conclusion

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

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