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PowerBook G4 Aluminum 17" 1.67 GHz (High-Res) Speakers Replacement

Is your PowerBook mute? Replace your speakers.

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Étape 1 Speakers  ¶ 

Disconnect the RJ-11 cable from the modem.

Étape 1 Speakers  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the RJ-11 cable from the modem.

Étape 2  ¶ 

If necessary, remove the strip of tape covering the speaker cables.

Étape 2  ¶ 

  • If necessary, remove the strip of tape covering the speaker cables.

Étape 3  ¶ 

Use your fingernails or the tip of a spudger to separate the ZIF cable lock from its socket. The ZIF cable lock will move about 1 mm and stop. Do not attempt to completely remove the ZIF cable lock.

Étape 3  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernails or the tip of a spudger to separate the ZIF cable lock from its socket.

  • The ZIF cable lock will move about 1 mm and stop. Do not attempt to completely remove the ZIF cable lock.

Étape 4  ¶ 

Pull the DC-in ribbon cable straight away from its socket.

Étape 4  ¶ 

  • Pull the DC-in ribbon cable straight away from its socket.

Étape 5  ¶ 

Peel the DC-in cable off the adhesive securing it to the lower case.

Étape 5  ¶ 

  • Peel the DC-in cable off the adhesive securing it to the lower case.

Étape 6  ¶ 

If necessary, use the tip of a spudger to remove the small piece of foam tape from the side of the left speaker. De-route the AirPort antenna cables from the channel in the left speaker.

Étape 6  ¶ 

  • If necessary, use the tip of a spudger to remove the small piece of foam tape from the side of the left speaker.

  • De-route the AirPort antenna cables from the channel in the left speaker.

Étape 7  ¶ 

Remove the single 6.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the left speaker to the lower case.

Étape 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 6.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the left speaker to the lower case.

Étape 8  ¶ 

Lift the left speaker from its rear edge and maneuver it out of the lower case, minding the cables sitting in the channel near the front edge of the left speaker. Lift the left speaker from its rear edge and maneuver it out of the lower case, minding the cables sitting in the channel near the front edge of the left speaker.

Étape 8  ¶ 

  • Lift the left speaker from its rear edge and maneuver it out of the lower case, minding the cables sitting in the channel near the front edge of the left speaker.

Étape 9  ¶ 

Remove the single 6.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the speaker cable ground loop to the lower case.

Étape 9  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 6.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the speaker cable ground loop to the lower case.

Étape 10  ¶ 

Peel back the piece of foil tape covering the modem cable to free the speaker cable held underneath.

Étape 10  ¶ 

  • Peel back the piece of foil tape covering the modem cable to free the speaker cable held underneath.

Étape 11  ¶ 

Pull the speaker cable straight up to disconnect it from the sound card.

Étape 11  ¶ 

  • Pull the speaker cable straight up to disconnect it from the sound card.

Étape 12  ¶ 

In the next few steps, you will disconnect several ribbon cables that cover the right speaker cable.

Étape 12  ¶ 

  • In the next few steps, you will disconnect several ribbon cables that cover the right speaker cable.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive ribbon cable connector up off the logic board.

Étape 13  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the sound card cable connector up off the logic board.

Étape 13  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the sound card cable connector up off the logic board.

Étape 14  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive cable connector up off the logic board.

Étape 14  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive cable connector up off the logic board.

Étape 15  ¶ 

Use your fingernails or the tip of a spudger to separate the ZIF cable lock from its socket. The ZIF cable lock will move about 1 mm and stop. Do not attempt to completely remove the ZIF cable lock.

Étape 15  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernails or the tip of a spudger to separate the ZIF cable lock from its socket.

  • The ZIF cable lock will move about 1 mm and stop. Do not attempt to completely remove the ZIF cable lock.

Étape 16  ¶ 

Pull the PRAM battery & USB board cable out of its socket.

Étape 16  ¶ 

  • Pull the PRAM battery & USB board cable out of its socket.

Étape 17  ¶ 

Use a spudger to de-route the display data cable from the channel in the right speaker.

Étape 17  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to de-route the display data cable from the channel in the right speaker.

Étape 18  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to pry the power button LED window off the right speaker.

Étape 18  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the power button LED window off the right speaker.

  • Try to place the window curved-side down on your work surface to keep the adhesive around its perimeter clean.

Étape 19  ¶ 

Remove the single T8 6.9 mm Torx screw securing the right speaker to the lower case.

Étape 19  ¶ 

  • Remove the single T8 6.9 mm Torx screw securing the right speaker to the lower case.

Étape 20  ¶ 

Lift the right speaker out of the lower case.

Étape 20  ¶ 

  • Lift the right speaker out of the lower case.

Étape 21  ¶ 

De-route the speaker cable from the clips along the front edge of the logic board.

Étape 21  ¶ 

  • De-route the speaker cable from the clips along the front edge of the logic board.

  • The clips open in different directions, so be careful to not break any off during removal.