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.

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

  • Lift up the RAM

  • Repeat x4

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.

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)

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.

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)

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

  • Remove highlighted screw.

  • Lift out the hard drive.

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.

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.

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

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.

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