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Introduction

The infamous Power Mac G4 Cube, Apple's original failed attempt at a compact G4-based Macintosh. Released in 2000 at a cost of $1599, the Cube was considered too expensive, and too slow. The Cube, unlike most computers, uses passive cooling, which means no fan. While quiet, it was a big mistake on Apple's part, because the G4 processors run very hot!

The Cube boasted a 450MHz or 500Mhz G4 CPU; not particularly fast given its 1Ghz Pentium III contemporary. The Cube is virtually silent, aside from the original 5400 RPM hard-drives. After a single year of production, Apple put the cube "on ice”. But it lives on in infamy as a popular candidate for Macquariums and as a coveted design piece. An internal fan hookup in the form of a 12V, 2-pin connector is available but was never utilised by Apple. If you want, you can buy a fan, connect it, and figure out a place to fit it; this is a popular mod to cool overheating Cubes.

Conceptually, it was replaced by the Mac Mini in 2005, 5 years later.

Cette vue éclatée n'est pas un tutoriel de réparation. Pour réparer votre Power Mac G4 Cube, utilisez notre manuel de réparation.

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    • The Cube!

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    • To Start The Dissasembly, Flip The Cube Upside-Down, and unplug it.

    • Next, push on the handle, it should pop up.

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    • Now, pull up on the cube by the handle, all of the guts should come out.

    • As you might notice, the cube's guts only go in one way, the ports facing the back of the enclosure

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    • Removing the Ram

    • Start by fliping the cube so that the side with the graphics card is facing you, you may want to push the handle back in.

    • There are 3 RAM Slots, they are Standard PC100 Ram. The cube can support up to 1.5GB of ram, that's a 512MB Stick In All 3 Slots.

    • Remove the ram, just like any other kind of ram.

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    • Airport Card

    • The Cube Uses the standard PCMCIA 802.11b Airport card commonly found in macs from 1999-2004

    • Flip the cube to the side with the airport card attatched. Remove the antenna cable, then grasp the card by the plastic tab, and pull it out of it's socket.

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    • The Graphics Card

    • The Cube came standard with a Mac ATI Rage 128 Pro 16MB AGP Card. ATI Radeon (32MB) and nVidia GeForce 2MX (32MB) cards were BTO options.

    • There are few Cube compatible mac cards, due to the cube's small size, heat dissipation limitations, and limited power supply capabilities.

    • Remove these T10 screws:

    • Then, pull the top piece of metal off of the computer,

    • There is a small fragile cable coming from the top if the cube for the power button/LED, before fully removing the piece, unplug this cable from the logic board.

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    • And These T10 Screws...

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    • Now to free the card, pull this tab towards you and with some persuasion, the card should come free.

    • Oops! Oh well, even without the brittle plastic tab, the card isn't going anywhere.

    • Then, remove the card and set it aside.

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    • Removing the AGP Riser card

    • Pull the card out of the PCI Socket, and no, unfortunately, you can't use this to put an AGP card in a PCI slot in a PC.

    • Once the card is free, mind the 3 cables attached to it, remove these 2 cables first.

    • The third cable is glued to the AGP board, unplug it from the logic board instead.

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    • Removing the 56K Modem

    • Remove the 2 T10 Torx Screws

    • Then, pull the 56k modem out, there is a socket on the back of it, so be careful!

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    • Removing the Voltage Regulator Module.

    • This board is called the DC/DC board, or the Voltage Regulator Module. It takes the power from the power brick and regulates the power to different components of the Cube.

    • First, disconnect the power connector.

    • Then release the white clip on the connector socket, which is accessed from the side of the core.

    • With a little persuasion, the board comes out of it's socket(it's hard to show how the board comes out, but in person, it's pretty self explanatory)

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    • The Logic Board

    • Unfortunately, this as far as I am going to dissect my cube, partially because I still use it frequently, but here is an overview of the cube.

    • 450Mhz or 500Mhz PowerPC G4 Processor

    • Shipped with 64MB ram, supports up to 1.5GB of PC100 or PC133

    • One PCI Slot(Converted to AGP via adaptor)

    • No Onboard Audio.(Unfortunately)

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8 commentaires

This is great! What a beautiful machine that was.

Kyle Wiens - Réponse

Awesome teardown, Chris! Thanks for posting it.

Miroslav Djuric - Réponse

Worst pictures I've seen in a teardown in a long time…

Jena - Réponse

"This was a big mistake on apple's part, because G4 processors run very hot!"

How was it a mistake? Mine still runs fine after all these years.

Maxim - Réponse

the plastic cracked around the top screws (when stepped on by Wozniak)

max white - Réponse

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