Tools Featured in this Teardown

Introduction

This guide is for my engineering class. My goal is to show you how to fully gut a Power Mac G4.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Power Mac G4 M5183, use our service manual.

Pull the tab to open the case. Pull the tab to open the case.
  • Pull the tab to open the case.

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Pull the white tabs down Lift up the RAM
  • Pull the white tabs down

  • Lift up the RAM

  • Repeat x4

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Use a flat head screwdriver or spudger to lift up the tabs that hold down the heat-sink. Repeat x2
  • Use a flat head screwdriver or spudger to lift up the tabs that hold down the heat-sink.

  • Repeat x2

  • The heat-sink should just lift right off.

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Remove highlighted screw. The GPU should lift right out.
  • Remove highlighted screw.

  • The GPU should lift right out.

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Remove highlighted cables. Remove highlighted screws. Lift out the motherboard. (Note: pull to the left to clear the ports from the case)
  • Remove highlighted cables.

  • Remove highlighted screws.

  • Lift out the motherboard. (Note: pull to the left to clear the ports from the case)

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Remove highlighted screws. After removing the screws, simply lift off the CPU from the connector. Use only a minimal amount of pressure when pulling the CPU from the connector.
  • Remove highlighted screws.

  • After removing the screws, simply lift off the CPU from the connector. Use only a minimal amount of pressure when pulling the CPU from the connector.

  • This is the connector after removal of the CPU.

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Remove the face plate. You are supposed to press down the highlighted tabs from the inside. Remove highlighted screws. Slide out the drive. (MAKE SURE TO UNHOOK THE CABLES)
  • Remove the face plate. You are supposed to press down the highlighted tabs from the inside.

  • Remove highlighted screws.

  • Slide out the drive. (MAKE SURE TO UNHOOK THE CABLES)

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Remove the highlighted cables. Remove highlighted screw. Lift out the hard drive.
  • Remove the highlighted cables.

  • Remove highlighted screw.

  • Lift out the hard drive.

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Remove highlighted screw. ( SAME SCREW ON OPPOSITE SIDE, REMOVE THAT AS WELL.) Disconnect the connector.
  • Remove highlighted screw. ( SAME SCREW ON OPPOSITE SIDE, REMOVE THAT AS WELL.)

  • Disconnect the connector.

  • After that, just pull it out.

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Use a 2.5 mm hex key to remove these screws. Remove highlighted screw. Feed the wires through the highlighted hole, then pull out the power supply.
  • Use a 2.5 mm hex key to remove these screws.

    • Remove highlighted screw.

    • Feed the wires through the highlighted hole, then pull out the power supply.

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You will be left with an empty case.
  • You will be left with an empty case.

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Harrison Case

Member since: 11/06/2016

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Just a little tip.

APPLE tend to use screw connections as a means of ground continuity.

That is - if the CPU card is not screwed down - it might not power on.

Mal - Reply

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