can you take just the optical drive out of an ibook g4 early 2004?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by hairlady1, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2009

    We are trying to get our ibook g4 early 2004 notebook ready to sell. Unfortunately the optical drive isn't reading anything that's being put in. A few months ago we were able to reset the memory power (shift option control power) to eject the disc that was not being read. Now we have tried everything to eject the disc, but it's not working.

    we now have the back of our ibook off and are trying to see if there's a way we could simply remove the optical drive and then remove the disc.

    Anyone have any advice, suggestions?
  2. macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    If you go to and select your model of iBook, and then the optical drive in the parts section, there will be a step-by-step pictorial of how to remove/re-install the optical drive.

    On an iBook, it'll require pretty much complete disassembly of the machine.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I will tell you from experience that that model iBook is a royal pain to dismantle. I wish you the best of luck.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008

    Took me an hour to get the HDD out, looking between ifixit's guide and the laptop (my first time with it, was being quite careful). Re-assembly only took 15-20min though!! :D
  5. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I never found the iBooks that bad to disassemble. It does take a bit of time, but there are definitely machines that are worse. Just keep track of all the screws and you'll be fine.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2009
    Norman, Oklahoma
    I found it easy to dismantle actually! The first time I took mine apart was just too explore and it only took me a good hour to have everything apart and everything back together!

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