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Replace the optical drive in your iMac G4 15".

  1. Place the computer monitor face down on a safe, harmless surface. Using a  Phillips #00 screw driver, remove the four 6.86 mm screws from the metal plate.
    • Place the computer monitor face down on a safe, harmless surface.

    • Using a Phillips #00 screw driver, remove the four 6.86 mm screws from the metal plate.

  2. Remove the metal plate from bottom of the iMac G4.
    • Remove the metal plate from bottom of the iMac G4.

    • The four screws do not completely separate from the metal plate.

  3. Use a spudger to lift and remove the AirPort's antenna connector.
    • Use a spudger to lift and remove the AirPort's antenna connector.

    • This step is only applicable to iMacs that came with an AirPort card installed.

  4. Release the tabs on each side of the module by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the RAM. These tabs lock the module in place and releasing them will cause the module to "pop" up.
    • Release the tabs on each side of the module by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the RAM.

    • These tabs lock the module in place and releasing them will cause the module to "pop" up.

    • Remove the RAM module from the iMac.

  5. Remove the four  28.07mm Torx #15 screws from the lower case.
    • Remove the four 28.07mm Torx #15 screws from the lower case.

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  7. Open the base by carefully pulling straight off, do not rotate the cover. Open slowly to ensure that no cables are damaged or disconnected.
    • Open the base by carefully pulling straight off, do not rotate the cover.

    • Open slowly to ensure that no cables are damaged or disconnected.

  8. Squeeze the small black tab and wiggle gently to remove the colored power cable.
    • Squeeze the small black tab and wiggle gently to remove the colored power cable.

    • Do not pull directly on the colored wires.

    • Do not remove black grounding wire.

  9. Grab both sides of the blue connector and firmly pull to remove it from the mother board.
    • Grab both sides of the blue connector and firmly pull to remove it from the mother board.

    • Do not pull directly on the ribbon cable.

  10. Using a Torx #9 screw driver, remove the two 8.77mm screws holding the drive's shield onto your iMac G4. Remove the drive shield from your iMac.
    • Using a Torx #9 screw driver, remove the two 8.77mm screws holding the drive's shield onto your iMac G4.

    • Remove the drive shield from your iMac.

  11. Using a Torx # 10 screw driver, remove the four 19.12mm screws that mount the optical drive.
    • Using a Torx # 10 screw driver, remove the four 19.12mm screws that mount the optical drive.

  12. Grasp the HD/Optical Drive bundle by the by the sides and gently wiggle it loose from the sides.
    • Grasp the HD/Optical Drive bundle by the by the sides and gently wiggle it loose from the sides.

    • Ensure there are no wires passing over the top of the drive bundle when removing it, as it may unintentionally disconnect something.

  13. Unplug the power source from the optical drive by pinching the plastic base of the connector and wiggling it gently.
    • Unplug the power source from the optical drive by pinching the plastic base of the connector and wiggling it gently.

    • Do not use excessive force, or pull on the wires directly, in order to unplug the connector from the drive.

  14. Unplug the ribbon cable from the optical drive by grasping the plastic base of the connector and wiggling it gently.
    • Unplug the ribbon cable from the optical drive by grasping the plastic base of the connector and wiggling it gently.

    • Do not pull on the ribbon cable directly.

  15. Remove the four 6.75mm Torx # 10 screws mounting the drive.
    • Remove the four 6.75mm Torx # 10 screws mounting the drive.

    • There are two screws on both sides of drive mount.

  16. Slide the optical drive out from the metal support mounted to hard drive.
    • Slide the optical drive out from the metal support mounted to hard drive.

Conclusão

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

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