Introduction

The iMac G3 uses a tray-loading optical drive. It uses a PATA optical drive. This guide will show you how to change your computer's optical drive.

Parts

No parts required.

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  • The iMac G3. This was a great computer for the time, and had plenty of features.

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  • Start by flipping the iMac upside-down. It may help to lay it on a towel, so you don't damage the screen, or scratch the face.

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Image 1/3: Using a flathead screwdriver, work your way around the bottom cover, until it comes off. Image 2/3: Then, lift the bottom cover up and out, and set it aside. Image 3/3: Then, lift the bottom cover up and out, and set it aside.
  • Remove this Phillips screw.

  • Using a flathead screwdriver, work your way around the bottom cover, until it comes off.

  • Then, lift the bottom cover up and out, and set it aside.

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Image 1/3: It may be helpful to use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the thumbscrews. Image 2/3: It may be helpful to use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the thumbscrews. Image 3/3: It may be helpful to use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the thumbscrews.
  • Now, remove the DB-15 Video connector from the logic board.

  • It may be helpful to use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the thumbscrews.

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  • Remove the power cable from the logic board assembly.

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  • Remove the front panel connector.

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Image 1/3: Now, grab the logic board assembly by the piece of plastic, and lift it out. Image 2/3: Now, grab the logic board assembly by the piece of plastic, and lift it out. Image 3/3: Now, grab the logic board assembly by the piece of plastic, and lift it out.
  • Now, remove these Phillips screws.

  • Now, grab the logic board assembly by the piece of plastic, and lift it out.

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  • The logic board assembly. This is the heart of the computer, it contains the motherboard, CPU, RAM, V-RAM, PRAM battery, the hard drive, and the optical drive.

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  • Now to remove the optical drive!

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  • The optical drive is located near the front of the assembly.

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Image 1/3: As you pull the drive forward, disconnect the ribbon cable and set it aside. Image 2/3: As you pull the drive forward, disconnect the ribbon cable and set it aside. Image 3/3: As you pull the drive forward, disconnect the ribbon cable and set it aside.
  • To remove the drive, push it in, lift up, and then pull forward.

  • As you pull the drive forward, disconnect the ribbon cable and set it aside.

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Image 1/3: Then remove the board. This will reveal that it is a standard PATA drive. Image 2/3: Congrats, the drive is free! You can use any PATA-tray loading drive in the iMac G3 which means you can install a CDRW to burn CDs in OS9 or X(if using OSX,install that DVD writer) but, of course only original drives will match the great look of the iMac). Image 3/3: Congrats, the drive is free! You can use any PATA-tray loading drive in the iMac G3 which means you can install a CDRW to burn CDs in OS9 or X(if using OSX,install that DVD writer) but, of course only original drives will match the great look of the iMac).
  • Remove the two phillips #00 screws.

  • Then remove the board. This will reveal that it is a standard PATA drive.

  • Congrats, the drive is free! You can use any PATA-tray loading drive in the iMac G3 which means you can install a CDRW to burn CDs in OS9 or X(if using OSX,install that DVD writer) but, of course only original drives will match the great look of the iMac).

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Conclusion

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

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