Repair4Laptop: Do-It-Yourself Laptop and Notebook Upgrading, Modding and Repairing
site map · search   



How to Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble an Apple/Macintosh Laptop or Notebook

Do you want to repair your Apple Computer Inc. laptop or notebook? Here is a collection of free take apart instructions, disassembly pictures or dismantling videos, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks for iBook, iPad, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, PowerBook laptops and notebooks models made by Apple Computer Inc. . If you have written a repairing guide yourself (or if you know of a report not linked here), please submit a new entry. Also you can publish a guide in the Laptop and Notebook Repair Wiki.



Apple iBook 366MHz FireWire How to overclock the FSB: take apart pictures and resistor schematics.
Apple iBook The Glowing Logo Laptop Mod: Windows, Apples, and Penguins, Oh My! OS X users are instantly recognizable by the glowing Apple logo that sits squarely in the center of its lid. However, with the shift to the Intel processor, a Mac could also be a Windows or Linux machine. So, why not show support for all three operating systems? Seth Fogie describes the why and how, and illustrates what can happen when we all get along.
Apple iBook (1. Generation) How to repair the power connector (in French).
Apple iBook (1. Generation) A complete step-by-step illustrated dissection and surgery.
Apple iBook FurBook: are you tired of your boring naked laptop? get furry!
Apple iBook TronBook: how to remove the paint and spray a blue color on.
Apple iBook  [archived link] Clarus: How to enhance the original Apple logo.
Apple iBook ePicFrame: turning an iBook with a broken hinge into a digital picture frame.
Apple iBook A picture from inside the battery.
Apple iBook How to convert an iBook AV cable to iPod AV cable. Includes pinouts of both.
Apple iBook  [archived link] Description of a dead display and broken hinge wire disaster.
Apple iBook Chameleon: a nice little painting of the cover lid.
Apple iBook Hard drive and CD removal tips, including helpful pictures.
Apple iBook (BlueBerry) This page shows how to get at and possibly replace the hard drive.
Apple iBook (White) Tips, tricks and pictures about cleaning the keyboard.
Apple iBook (BlueBerry) How to replace a broken plug.
Apple iBook (Blueberry) FrankenBerry iBook (case, light, hard drive mods & upclock), add a white halo logo to the lid.
Apple iBook (BlueBerry) Creating a Digital LCD Picture Frame.
Apple iBook 2001 Accelerate your MAC: Overclocking Guide 100Mhz bus speed, 600MHz CPU Speed.
Apple iBook  [archived link] Trauma surgery on a laptop, repairing a fallen apple.
Apple iBook 500 Illustrated hard drive replacement instructions [PDF].
Apple iBook 14'' How to turn your laptop into a picture frame.
Apple iBook Moddings, overclockings and disassembly (in French).
Apple iBook Taking apart an old, broken notebook and creating a digital picture frame with wireless network connectivity.
Apple iBook Tangerine Tearing apart instructions to install a hard disk.
Apple iBook Clamshell From a clamshell to digital picture frame.
Apple iBook G3 Clamshell (Indigo) Bezel modification for new optical drive.
Apple iBook G3 Clamshell (Indigo) PCMCIA mod: how to use a cheap Orinoco Silver PCMCIA card (or any other card with Lucent chip) instead of an AirPort card. An illustrated explanation.
Apple iBook G3 Clamshell Complete repair, upgrade and take apart guides.
Apple iBook G3 Clamshell DC power plug disassembly.
Apple iBook G3 12'' ClamShell A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with many pictures [PDF].
Apple iBook 600 A beautiful painted laptop lid (in French).
Apple iBook G3 12'' 900MHz The best ghetto Apple iBook hack ever - Logic Board Fix: if you are a G3 or G4 iBook owner, chances are you are well aware of the terminal LOGIC BOARD FAILURE which has plagued these machines since their inception. The faulty logic board problems manifest itself one day as garbling the screen image and quickly results in total failure of the machine to boot up or otherwise to work.
Apple iBook G3 Repair your iBook with fire and fix an infamous video-problem an iBook which boots, but gives no output, neither to it's own display nor to a hooked up external monitor.
Apple iBook Dual-USB An overclocking HOWTO with pictures (in Japanese).
Apple iBook Dual-USB An overclocking HOWTO with pictures.
Apple iBook Dual-USB Detailed hard disk upgrade instructions and pictures.
Apple iBook Dual-USB  [archived link] A repainting for fun & and profit.
Apple iBook Dual-USB  [archived link] A hard drive replacement and overclocking guide.
Apple iBook Dual-USB  [archived link] Sticky hinge and flickering screen repair. How to check the backlight control cable with an oscilloscope.
Apple iBook Dual-USB FlowerBook: a beautiful lid painting.
Apple iBook G3 12'' A SkyBook paint mod.
Apple iBook Dual-USB Upgrading the original 10GB hard disk.
Apple iBook Dual-USB The i-Tablet: how to turn an iBook into a Tablet-PC.
Apple iBook Dual-USB How to refit an iBook without AirPort card, with a Senao 200mW wireless PCMCIA card. With some dremel work on the antenna connector, the card just fits.
Apple iBook Dual-USB The QuasiBook: how to paint the white case with black color.
Apple iBook Dual-USB A fiber optic backlit keyboard for the notebook.
Apple iBook Dual-USB A keyboard illumination hack, describing how to use white or blue LEDs to backlit the notebook keyboard.
Apple iBook Dual-USB How to mod, overclock and disassemble (in French).
Apple iBook G3 Dual-USB What to do if your computer can start up but the built-in and attached external displays are exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms: scrambled or distorted video, appearance of unexpected lines on the screen, intermittent video image, video freeze, computer starts up to blank screen? This tutorial explains how to apply a thermal pad to the GPU (Graphic Processor Unit).
Apple iBook G3 Dual-USB How to rebuild two broken notebooks into one and modding the motherboard into a smaller frame.
Apple iBook G3 Dual-USB (White) "Pimped-up" iBook: hard drive replacement instructions.
Apple iBook G3 Dual-USB 500MHz White Overhaul leads to frustration as well as success. How to take the notebook to pieces, remove the 10GB hard drive and busted CD-R it came with originally, and replace them with a 40GB Samsung hard drive and a Sony CD-RW/DVD drive before putting the it back together again.
Apple iBook G3 Dual-USB 500MHz White How to install a new and faster Seagate 40 GB hard drive; 5400 vs 4200 RPM, 2 MB vs 8 MB cache. This guide offers many detailed take apart photos.
Apple iBook White Take apart picture gallery with a useful screw handling scheme. Hard disk replacement.
Apple iBook Fun with a sandblaster or testing ways to repair and paint a gummed-up clamshell iBook plastic shell.
Apple iBook G3 Complete disassembly with pictures (in French).
Apple iBook G3 Tired roadwarrior takes deskjob: converting an iBook with bent hinges it into a compact, kiosk style computer.
Apple iBook G3  [archived link] Here's the result of some spray paint, sandpaper, and a little creativity, presenting: steelBook.
Apple iBook G3 Disassembly guide with pictures (in Japanese).
Apple iBook G3 466 SE Indigo CyBook: how to add some blue LEDs to the case.
Apple iBook G3 An AirPort compatible PC card that fits inside iBook. This specific Buffalo (Melco, WLI-PCM-L11GP) card has the same chip as AirPort card does.
Apple iBook G3 How to fit a DIY airport into the notebook.
Apple iBook G3 Zen and the art of keyboard maintenance. How to take all the caps off and fix a broken keyboard cable.
Apple iBook G3 How to modify the color of the Apple logo on the back of your iBook. This process is surprisingly simple. By simply removing the back of your iBook's screen you are enabled to place colorful plastic behind the glowing Apple on the back of your screen. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial complete with pictures to guide you.
Apple iBook G3 YellowBook: taking apart the case and dyeing the plastic parts yellow.
Apple iBook G3 Take apart picture gallery showing the replacement of a 10GB hard drive with a 30GB device.
Apple iBook G3 RedBook: a complete disassembly as a preparation for a spray paint job of the whole plastic lid and case using Krylon(tm) color.
Apple iBook G3 How to give the notebook a gree colour instead of plain white.
Apple iBook G3 500 (IceBook) AirPort card mod: how to fit a Buffalo AirCard (or a card with the same Lucent chipset) into the case.
Apple iBook G3 12'' White/IceBook A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with many pictures [PDF].
Apple iBook G3 500MHz HDD replacement: the difficult part is to open the housing - in fact, to separate the top housing from the bottom housing. The two parts are not held together by screws (as one would appreciate it) but are clipped together.
Apple iBook (G3 and G4 White) RAM replacement instructions and illustrations.
Apple iBook G4 800MHz Replacing the hard drive and recovering of the built-in mike.
Apple iBook G4 Deep insights: a skeleton modding.
Apple iBook G4 Everything you need to know about modding, overclocking and disassembly (in French).
Apple iBook G4 Keyboard blues: make a hybrid keyboard of a G3-iBook-keyboard and G4-iBook-keyboard.
Apple iBook G4 Hard disk upgrade.
Apple iBook G4 Sliced Apple: adding internal BlueTooth. Antenna modification for improved BlueTooth range. Interval hard drive replacement. Adding a SuperDrive (CDRW/DVD-ROM).
Apple iBook G4 DVD-R (SuperDrive) upgrade (in German).
Apple iBook G4 Dissection pictures and instructions (in German).
Apple iBook G4 Selfmade AV cable to connect to a TV.
Apple iBook G4 Zen and the art of keyboard-maintenance.
Apple iBook G4 Giving a nice color to the notebook.
Apple iBook G4 How to get a color modded machine.
Apple iBook G4 Hard drive replacement.
Apple iBook G4 12'' Put your iBook on steroids: A step-by-step to turn your iBook 12'' into a PowerBook 12'' killer.
Apple iBook G4 12'' Take apart guide with illustrations.
Apple iBook G4 12'' Take apart instructions, adding a 2x SuperDrive (DVD burner).
Apple iBook G4 12'' Adding a 4x SuperDrive (DVD burner).
Apple iBook G4 12'' Adding internal BlueTooth(tm) support for less than 10$ using a Billionton USB dongle (without rendering an external USB port useless).
Apple iBook G4 12'' Restoration of a broken notebook by doing some soldering repairs of the motherboard.
Apple iBook G4 12'' How to open the case and swap the hard drive disk, illustrations, tools and tricks.
Apple iBook G4 12'' A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with a bunch of pictures [PDF].
Apple iBook G4 12'' Building an iBook from broken parts.
Apple iBook G4 12'' 800Mhz Here are some simple instructions of how to shim the chip to fix a logic board issue and to resurrect a dead notebook.
Apple iBook G4 Apparently there is a problem with some notebook models. It can appear after a year or so in some machines. After being on for a few minutes, they get a blank black screen, the fan turns on, and the computer freezes. This article describes the problem and how to fix the faulty mainboard.
Apple iBook G4 800 12'' A step-by-step hard disk replacement tutorial (in French).
Apple iBook G4 14.1'' 1GHz How to add an internal USB BlueTooth dongle.
Apple iBook G4 14.1'' LCD replacement guide.
Apple iBook G4 1.33GHz A logo color change tutorial. This is the easiest way to make your iBook stand out in a crowd. It takes under 15 minutes to do.
Apple iBook G4 How to remove the display and change the color of the Apple logo.
Apple iBook G4 How to fix an iBook G4 screen using an iBook G3 display.
Apple iBook G4 Keyboards can rapidly be covered with mud. But they can keep on for years if one takes carefully care of them and do not use them as a food tray! Quick cleaning of an iBook keyboard.
Apple iBook G4 Replacing a broken laptop screen is more often than not, a very easy project. If you have a broken screen, don't jump on ebay and sell it for considerably less than it's worth. Instead, go to ebay and try to find the replacement LCD, the entire cover for your computer, or even better, your computer with a blown motherboard but intact screen!
Apple iBook G4 Generic LCD screen replacement guide.
Apple iBook G4 DIY LCD screen replacement, with illustrations and tips and tricks.
Apple iBook G4 Repair with a blowtorch: the graphics chip on an old notebook had the pins underneath it broken due to the bending of the board over time. Using a compression and heat method you are able to reconnect the pins with the use of flux [video].
Apple iBook G4DC power adapter plug repair HOWTO.
Apple PowerBook and iBook misc. models Detailed disassembly instructions, a great site.
Apple iBook/PowerBook Power jack and power supply schematics.
Apple iBook/PowerBook The DC plug of Apple Power Adapters: have you ever wondered about how the illumination in the DC plug of the DC adapter of your PowerBook or iBook works? Occasionally the cap broke once when I was trying to unplug the connector, so it revealed its internals.
Apple iBook G4, PowerBook G4 Repair your macintosh power cord: Tired of Mighty Apple charging you beaucoup $$$ for those badly designed power adapters which break all the time? Repair it yourself.
Apple iPad The A4 microprocessor is the heart of the iPad. Here is a deep peek inside the chip.
Apple iPad Get a sneak peak inside this gadget. Also check out the YouTube video slideshow of the teardown.
Apple iPad 3 These step by step directions will help you to replace a broken or cracked screen if you have dropped the phone and cracked the screen or broke other parts in it. Further tips and tricks on replacing the battery as well as other parts are included in the repair video.
Apple iPad mini Apple repairs often are extremely costly. Though Apple repairs are by no means the easiest of tasks, with the correct knowledge, the correct tools and this manual you should be able to replace a broken screen yourself.
Apple MacBook 13'' [2006] Swapping hard drives on the 13-Inch MacBook, a step by step guide to replacing the stock drive.
Apple MacBook 13'' [2006] A step by step guide to upgrading memory.
Apple MacBook [2006] An origami solution to the squishy trackpad button problem. How to fix the trackpad with paper.
Apple MacBook [2006] Illustrated step-by-step take apart tutorial.
Apple MacBook [2006] Beneath the battery bay: installation of RAM, which is a new procedure that involves two little lever arms. Upgrade of the hard drive, which actually resides in the far left corner of the battery bay! As a result, the MacBook is probably the most easily upgradeable Mac laptop ever [Video].
Apple MacBook [2006] Memory and harddrive upgrade guide [Video].
Apple MacBook [2006] How to remove the built-in iSight camera.
Apple MacBook Almost every screw in the MacBook belongs to a unique location. This guide shows how to deal with this issue when replacing a broken screen.
Apple MacBook Video explaining how to get the top case disassembled achieving a complete dissection to get access to all the innards of the notebook, part I [video].
Apple MacBook Video explaining how to get the top case disassembled achieving a complete dissection to get access to all the innards of the notebook, part II [video].
Apple MacBook Video explaining how to get the top case disassembled achieving a complete dissection to get access to all the innards of the notebook, part III [video].
Apple MacBook 13'' A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with many pictures [PDF].
Apple MacBook 13.3'' Laptop LCD Removal Instructions: this tutorial will help you go from laptop to LCD screen in 8 easy steps.
Apple MacBook 13.3'' How to convert a almost dead Apple MacBook to a Mac Pro Ultra Mini by putting the motherboard into a Macally G-S350SUA Aluminum External Enclosure. The enclosure lookes like a Mac Pro, front mounted power button, & all aluminum case.
Apple MacBook Core Duo You need to substitute or repair a customer replaceable part - CRU? This guide knows all you need to know.
Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo A comprehensive tutorial to get all the field replaceable parts - FRUs exchanged.
Apple MacBook Unibody Take a peak inside the notebook, without getting nervous, shaking hands and the inevitable stripped and extra screws.
Apple MacBook Pro [2006] Performing a complete disassembly, with pictures.
Apple MacBook Pro 17'' [2006] Take apart picture gallery.
Apple MacBook Pro 17'' UniBody This review goes just a bit further than the average unboxing, stripping the laptop to its components.
Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 15'' [2006] A look into the case, a take apart picture gallery and a complete guide for the replacement for almost all parts and accessories.
Apple MacBook Pro [2006] Hack Attack: How to install RAM in your MacBook and save big $$$ [video].
Apple MacBook Pro 2.16GHz [2006] Biometric hack: how to fit a Sony Puppy FIU-600 fingerprint reader into the case.
Apple MacBook Pro [2006] How to install a 160GB HD, illustrated tips and tricks to swap the hard drive.
Apple MacBook Pro Core Duo [2006] How to Upgrade a core Duo-based MacBook with a PCI Express 1x card to support WiFi 802.11n. Tools, parts, pictures and disassembly tips to get the switch done easily.
Apple MacBook Pro 13'' UniBody This notebook teardown provides a look inside the machine and should not be used as disassembly instructions.
Apple MacBook Pro 15'' A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with many pictures [PDF].
Apple MacBook Pro 15'' Core2Duo A1211 A breakdown picture gallery and technical analysis of the inner parts.
Apple MacBook Pro 15'' UniBody All the tools and knowlegde you need to teardown this notebook.
Apple MacBook Pro Replacing the hard drive in an Apple MacBook is pretty easy. You just pop out the battery, remove three little screws, and pull on a special "hard drive removal" tab to pull the drive out. The MacBook Pro is a different story. Replacing your MacBook Pro hard drive requires some minor surgery, and it will void your warranty.
Apple MacBook Pro How to dissect the notebook and replace the IO board (the board with the magsafe connector on it). This notebook originally was unusable due to the magsafe connector being broken off.
Apple MacBook Pro Upgrading the notebook harddrive (Western Digital 500GB) is difficult since the manufacturere did hide the harddrive too deep. Therefore, it requires a little surgery. However, the harder part is the software bit.
Apple MacBook Pro The only way to get a stuck CD out was to disassemble the notebook as well as the optical drive as there is no 'emergency' mechanical ejection to override the electromechanical mechanism when it screws up.
Apple MacBook Pro This mod explains to change the logo of notebook to be any color that you choose.
Apple MacBook Pro Unibody This first look into the guts of the notebook is really fun. If you don't know how to take it apart, how are you going to know to put it back together?
Apple MacBook PolyCarbonate UniBody [October 2009] Are you curious to see why this notebook is so special, so take it apart.
Apple MacBook Air Battery replacement is easy.
Apple MacBook Air No Waste Outside, Nothing but Waste Inside. A complete disassembly report from the Nikkei Electronics Teardown Squad.
Apple MacBook Air As you'd expect with a computer so devoted to aesthetics, getting to the "user-installable" parts (some manufacturers call them field-replaceable units - FRU) is going to be a bit more challenging than usual.
Apple MacBook Air 11.6'' This notebook "is an exercise of proprietary engineering. While you can easily access everything once you remove the proprietary screws, you can't really replace any component with an off-the-shelf part, ... Unfortunately, like all previous MacBook Airs, the RAM is soldered to the logic board and is not upgradable."
Apple PowerBook Expansion Bay Module - EBM upgrades and hacks.
Apple PowerBook Marking a set of batteries by laser etching, to avoid confusion when switching the batteries.
Apple PowerBook Laser Etching. The appropriate files, laser settings, and methodology for putting your tattoo on your powerbook.
Apple PowerBook SCSI drives and IDE adapters.
Apple PowerBook On death and dying: reconciling yourself to hard drive failure.
Apple PowerBook 1xx Memory upgrade, hard disk upgrade, modem installation, keyboard exchange (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 100 Opening and dissecting.
Apple/Macintosh Powerbook 100  [archived link] How to build a monochrome digital picture frame.
Apple PowerBook 180 Illustrated how to replace a laptop screen.
Apple PowerBook 180c Using a laptop LCD with a VGA connector.
Apple PowerBook Duo 270c/280c Tearing apart any electronic product and mounting it in a new case is frought with perils, this guide will assist you in building a digital picture frame.
Apple PowerBook Duo 2xx Memory upgrade, keyboard exchange, hard disk upgrade, modem installation, backup battery replacement (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Overclocking, cleaning the keyboard, changing the CAPS LOCK light to a red LED, adding a hard drive activity light, adding a ADB port in place of the modem, repairing the AC adapter port.
Apple PowerBook Duo Project X'tal: Using a twinkle crystal ball instead of a normal trackball and put LEDs underneath as a hard disk access lamp and a hard disk power indicator.
Apple PowerBook Duo Duo Dock disassembly and repair instructions (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Duo Dock hard disk replacement guide (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Duo Mini-Dock take apart tutorial (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Duo Dock: VRAM installation hints (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Newer PC-UltraDock: disassembly tutorial with photos (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Duo Dock: some fixing instructions (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo A completely illustrated step-by-step take apart manual (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo External floppy drive HDI-20 disassembly (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo How to repair a broken trackpad (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo How to repair a broken ADB port (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo How to replace a broken trackball (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo How to replace the backup battery (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo A completely illustrated step-by-step display replacement guide (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Some overclocking hints (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Schematics of the internal Express Modem card (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Jumper settings of the internal Express Modem card (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Docking station take apart guide with photos.
Apple PowerBook Duo How to get rid of a "clicking noise" inside the power supply of the docking station.
Apple PowerBook 5xx Memory and hard disk upgrade, keyboard exchange, modem installation, CPU upgrade (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 5xx  [archived link] How to fix cracked display hinges, with two selfmade L shaped pieces of aluminium.
Apple PowerBook 500 Auxiliary PRAM battery installation.
Apple PowerBook 520c This tutorial explains how to use plastic epoxy that becomes rock hard for fixing worn out display hinges.
Apple PowerBook 520/540 How to install memory in 20 (easy) steps.
Apple PowerBook 520 & 540 Modifications and fixes for FPU, battery cells and more.
Apple PowerBook 540c A notebook to Digital Picture Frame conversion. Disassembly tutorial, clock batter ressurection, wooden case HOWTO.
Apple PowerBook 1400 Take apart pictures, overclocking. Examination and Repair of a Floppy Module. Examination and Repair of a CD ROM Module (12x). Putting in a 24 x CD ROM.
Apple PowerBook 1400 Take apart pictures (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 1400 Painting instructions for the laptop.
Apple PowerBook 1400 Doing a laptop to digital picture frame conversion.
Apple PowerBook 1400  [archived link] Souping Up A PowerBook 1400 - Not; And Some Ruminations On Laptop Longevity.
Apple PowerBook 1400 Memory and hard disk upgrade, keyboard exchange (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 1400 This one isn't really Mac stuff it just happens to be a PowerBook that has been bejeweled. I guess you could glue LEGO(tm) to any computer that strikes your fancy.
Apple PowerBook 1400C Building a digital picture frame.
Apple PowerBook 1400C Detailed HOWTO about making a digital picture frame.
Apple PowerBook 2400  [archived link] RAM Installation Guide.
Apple PowerBook 2400 Quick take-apart for the intrepid who want to replace the hard drive or add a G3 upgrade themselves (includes a video).
Apple PowerBook 2400C  [archived link] Pictures of a selfmade RAM upgrade (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 2400C Doing a wrong disassembly.
Apple PowerBook 2400C Upgrading memory, hard disk and CPU (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 2400C Doing a wrong disassembly (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 2400 Step-by-step take apart and CPU upgrade guide.
Apple PowerBook 2400 Key-cap replacement instructions.
Apple PowerBook 3400 Taking the notebook completely apart and building a digital picture frame.
Apple PowerBook 3400c Laptop to Digital Picture Frame conversion, ultimate picture frame resource.
Apple PowerBook 3400 Changing cpu-to-bus ratio settings.
Apple PowerBook 3400/G3 Memory and hard disk upgrade, keyboard exchange (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 5300 Power jack replacement.
Apple PowerBook 5300 Upgrading RAM and hard disk FAQ.
Apple PowerBook 5300 Inside Out: A visual guide to the major motherboard features.
Apple PowerBook 5300 Overclocking manual and resistor schematics.
Apple PowerBook 5300 Disassembly and power connector repair.
Apple Powerbook 5300 Daniele Procida could not bear to see a dead Mac thrown away - so he reconstructed it using Lego bricks.
Apple PowerBook 5300/190 Memory and hard disk upgrade, keyboard replacement (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 5300CS How to use the notebook with broken hinges and without display. Illustrated take apart and ethernet card installation guide.
Apple PowerBook 12'' Pictures of a detailed disassembly (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 12'' Taken apart reassembled and alive.
Apple PowerBook G3 A galore of information about modding, overclocking and disassembly (in French).
Apple PowerBook G3 14.1''  [archived link] LCD replacement, you can do it yourself.
Apple PowerBook 15'' Pictures of a detailed disassembly (in Japanese).
Apple Powerbook G3 Pismo Take apart instructions.
Apple PowerBook G3 (Pismo, Lombard) Upgrade instruction for RAM and hard drive.
Apple Powerbook G3 Lombard Take apart instructions.
Apple PowerBook G3 Lombard  [archived link] The FrankenBook story about ripping of a completely damaged notebook.
Apple Powerbook G3 Wallstreet Take apart instructions.
Apple Powerbook G3 Wallstreet  [archived link] Fix loose sound ports, display hinge and the power plug using a tongue depressor. Replacing the original hard disk with a bigger one.
Apple Powerbook G3 Wallstreet Fix the hard to press clicker.
Apple PowerBook G3/1998 Wallstreet/Mainstreet How to increase the clock speed (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook G3 Wallstreet Re-using an old notebook by building a digital frame for pictures.
Apple PowerBook G3 Wallstreet Broken hinges, detailed instructions on how to fix that wobbling screen.
Apple PowerBook G3 Wallstreet Taking apart the CDRW/DVD combo drive.
Apple PowerBook G3 WallStreet How to do a display hinge repair.
Apple PowerBook G3 Wallstreet [1998] Hinge/Clutch Repair: this PowerBook series commonly suffers from worn out LCD hinges. The main symptom of this problem is an LCD screen that just won't seem to stay in the upright position. The most likely cause of this is a broken or worn out hinge, or clutch assembly inside the machine.
Apple PowerBook G3 Pismo RAM upgrade, top slot memory installation.
Apple PowerBook G3 Pismo RAM upgrade, bottom slot installation.
Apple PowerBook G3 1400 Upgrade (Exclusive Photos).
Apple PowerBook G3 Series Worried about an overly flexible keyboard.
Apple PowerBook G3 [1997] Kanga How to increase the clock speed (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook G3 [1997] Kanga How to increase the clock speed.
Apple PowerBook G3 Kanga How to fix the powersource's connector by soldering.
Apple PowerBook G3 Kanga/3400c A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with many photos [PDF].
Apple PowerBook G3 [1998] Pictures from a memory upgrade (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook G3 [1999] Lombard How to increase the clock speed (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook G3 [2000] Pismo How to increase the clock speed (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook G3 Lombard A story of an overclocking surgery.
Apple PowerBook G3 Lombard A story of an overclocking surgery (in French).
Apple PowerBook G3 Lombard Fixing a broken fan by putting it into a PCMCIA card.
Apple PowerBook G3 Lombard A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with many pictures [PDF].
Apple PowerBook G3 Pismo Surgery of a fallen down and broken notebook.
Apple PowerBook G3 Pismo Upgrade tutorial: from G3 processor to G4.
Apple PowerBook G3 Pismo Hard drive and memory upgrade (slot 1 and slot 2) tutorial. DVD drive installation guide. with dissection pictures.
Apple PowerBook G3 Pismo Battery take apart photo gallery.
Apple PowerBook G3 Pismo A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with plenty of photos [PDF].
Apple PowerBook G3 Pismo A dissection slideshow telling about AC/sound replacement.
Apple PowerBook G3 Pismo/Lombard Replace the cells in the battery.
Apple PowerBook G3 Turning a laptop into a picture frame, includes take apart tutorial and pictures.
Apple PowerBook G3 Wallstreet Soldering the power plug (in German).
Apple PowerBook G3 Wallstreet Adding some hip factor to the notebook by removing the rubberized back from the aluminum plate with a Dremel. The result of this modding is hilarious, people think it's a new prototype.
Apple PowerBook G3 Wallstreet A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with many illustrations [PDF].
Apple PowerBook G3 Lombard/Wallstreet Memory installation guide.
Apple PowerBook G3 Lombard/Pismo iPowerBook G3: Turn a G3 Lombard/Pismo into a g5 iMac look alike.
Apple PowerBook G4 400/500 A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with plenty of illustrations [PDF].
Apple PowerBook G4 DIY Corner: an inexpensive replacement for lost feet.
Apple PowerBook G4 Plenty of great information about modding, overclocking and disassembly (in French).
Apple PowerBook G4 Bringing Back the Rainbow Apple Logo 12 Inch Powerbook Style.
Apple PowerBook G4 65W AC power adapter repair.
Apple PowerBook G4 12'' 867Mhz How to repair a 45W AC adapter, a step-by-step guide with pictures.
Apple PowerBook G4 Inside the 65W power supply, an attempt to repair.
Apple PowerBook G4 DVI Disassembly and exploration (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook G4 Take apart picture gallery.
Apple PowerBook G4 AlBook Hard Drive Swap: What Not To Do.
Apple PowerBook G4 AlBook 12'' Opening instructions and pictures, hard disk replacement (in German).
Apple PowerBook G4 AlBook 12'' Hard drive swap.
Apple PowerBook G4 12'' A movile about a MCE Tech 16X Dual Layer Superdrive upgrade, new 100GB Hard Drive, and custom-made colorful rainbow logo.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (TiBook) Replacing broken display hinges, an illustrated guide.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (TiBook) Replace the hinges without removing the display but keep the cables attached.
Apple Powerbook G4 Titanium Take apart instructions.
Apple Powerbook G4 Titanium How to repair broken $1600 hinges for ONLY $10!
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium Fixing a broken LCD backlight.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium How to replace broken display hinges and cables.
Apple PowerBook G4 Replacing and fixing the display hinges.
Apple PowerBook G4 Speed bump from 400 to 500.
Apple PowerBook G4 (Titanium) TiBook How to build a really short pigtail with a female SMA connector and a lucent connector. You have to remove the connector of the internal antenna from the airport card, because it can only handle one antenna. The pigtail can be fed only through the PCMCIA slot connected to the card. Now the notebook has an external antenna connector.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (TiBook) Building an external antenna.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (TiBook) 667 DVI Replace a toasted chip.
Apple PowerBook G4 15'' DVI Titanium A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with many tips, tricks, tools and pics [PDF].
Apple PowerBook G4 15'' VGA Titanium A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual with plenty of pictures [PDF].
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (TiBook) Broken display hinges repurposed as a compact desktop Mac. New G5 iMac to look something like this?
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium Adding a BlueTooth adaptor to the inside (in Italian).
Apple PowerBook G4 Titianium (TiBook) Display take-apart, re-assembly and various other related infos.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titaninum (TiBook, 1. Gen.) Hanging Laptop Digital Painting: Take your old laptop, matte it, frame it, and convert it into a hanging framed digital LCD screen to do with as you like.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (TiBook) Under the Hood: how to disassemble the PowerBook.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (TiBook) TIre wall - a Ti-Book with a broken hinge turned into a wall mounted firewall.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (TiBook) How to take apart and paint the notebook.
Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (TiBook) How to replace the original power supply cable with a standard cable (Norm IEC C5, KSS 25, 2.5mm stereo jack) (in German).
Apple PowerBook G4 15'' Poison Powerbook: how to make the backlit keyboard glow red, Apple logo color mod, keyboard cleaning and take apart instructions.
Apple PowerBook G4 15'' (Aluminium) Complete disassembly guide.
Apple PowerBook G4 15'' (Aluminium) Fixing the popping lid latch problem.
Apple PowerBook G4 15'' [2004] Opening the notebook and reducing the horrible, loud clicking and ticking noise of the equipment.
Apple PowerBook G4 17'' Need for speed: Cracking open the notebook.
Apple PowerBook G4 AlBook 1GHz Laptoposcopic surgery, a complete take apart guide with pictures.
Apple PowerBook G4 Aluminium (AlBook 1.25GHz) Collinear WiFi antenna: external miniature collinear WiFi (802.11b/g) replacement antenna for Apple Powerbook (Al, 1.25GHz).
Apple PowerBook G4 Aluminium (AlBook) The lower memory module seating area had failed (this seems to be a common issue with this notebook series), so this guide explains how to replace two 512MB RAM modules with one 1GB module.
Apple PowerBook G4 (AlBook) Some experiences with the RadTech Aluminum Powerbook Chassis Enhancement Kit aka AlGlide trying to fix weak display hinges.
Apple PowerBook G4 (AlBook) After a few years the display hinge can get a little loose. Thankfully this is just a matter of a few screws that need to be tightened! Here's how to do it.
Apple Powerbook G4 12'' Aluminum A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual (unofficial) with many pictures [PDF].
Apple Powerbook G4 15'' Aluminum A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual (unofficial) with many illustrations [PDF].
Apple Powerbook G4 15'' Aluminum A complete take apart, upgrade and repair manual (unofficial) with many photos [PDF].
Apple PowerBook G4 12'' Just a few quick cuts to modify a 12" Powerbook to take an external antenna.
Apple PowerBook G4 12'' WallMac: a fully-functional, wall-mounted notebook.
Apple PowerBook G4 15'' Aluminium [2005] Exchanging the LCD panel.
Apple PowerBook G4 15'' Aluminium There are some technical skills required for this notebook teardown.
Apple PowerBook G4 17'' A disassembly picture gallery (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook G4 17'' 1.33GHz Need for speed: Cracking open the notebook and replacing the hard disk.
Apple PowerBook G4 17'' Pointers for opening the display the 17 Inch display is completely different from the 12 and 15 inch displays, do not waste your money on any take apart guides for those models, they won't help you; they will only confuse you. The main source of difficulty in separating the back from the display is that it is held on by these fiendish spring-metal fingers that actually tighten their grip when you attempt to pull the back off.
Apple PowerBook G4 1.67GHz Is your Powerbook/MacBook/iBook screen broken? Did Apple quote you the costs of a new laptop to replace it.
Apple PowerBook G4 Engraving Quixote: watch a professional engraver using heavy machinery (IS800) to diamond engrave the notebook lid.
Apple PowerBook G4 This notebook sometimes had adapter issues, the cord frays inside because of the stress from wrapping it up around the adapters "ears". The solution: Tear it apart and replace the broken section! The tools to use are heatshrink, chisel, hammer, razor blade (for cutting and stripping wires), and voltmeter. Additional items are tape (electrical, duct, vinyl) and fuel hose.
Apple PowerBook/iBook Hard Drives: The Essential Upgrade Guide - a survey of interfaces, maximum storage capacities and maximum drive heights.
Apple N.N. How to fix a laptop power adapter.
Apple N.N. Your quick guide to replacing Apple keys: there are several types of Apple laptops and therefore a lot of different keycaps. Luckily, most of the keys work the same way across all of the PowerBook, iBook, and MacBook models. The only tool that may be needed for key replacement is a flat head tool such as a nylon spudger or a flat head screw driver [PDF].

Manufacturer Information, Customer Service

Hardware Maintenance Manual, User Guide, Service Manual

Apple itself offers official User Guides but unlike Service Manuals they only provide simple technical information, such as RAM upgrade guides. Other entry points to technical documentation: Support Site Map: Hardware & Software Product Support and a survey of Apple Customer-Installable Parts - CIPs . CIPs are replacement parts and memory upgrades that you may install using instructions available from this page. They require a moderate amount of technical ability to install using common tools, such as a screwdriver. Registered users may also get service manuals . The Apple discussion forums are filled with thousands of Macintosh, iPod and iPhone users from around the world. Search for an answer, post your question, or answer other users' questions in the Apple Discussions community.

Sponsors









[ -> back to top ]

contact · imprint/disclaimer · privacy (P3P)

© Werner Heuser 2005-2014 · http://repair4laptop.org/disassembly_apple.html · last change Tue Mar 17 2015