iBook G4 Torx screw | Airport Problem | Dead Hard Drive

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  1. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a

    rjcalifornia

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    So, my ibook G4 has a dead hard drive. Luckily everything is on the cloud (emails, server, etc) so I am in the need of replacing the hard drive. I have a hard drive, but the main problem now is that one of the Torx screw that is below the ibook is not coming out.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to get such screw out?

    Also, I found out the 'freezing' problems. I took out the Airport card, I was about to give up when I gave the Kubuntu 12.04 live cd a last try. Well, I don't have freezing problems anymore, so it was the Airport card. Is there a way to fix that? I don't want to use a bulky USB Wifi....

    Thanks!
     
  2. wobegong Guest

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    First of all I absolve myself of you damaging your drive but this is what i do when I get a stuck Torx...

    Lean (not TOO hard but certainly firmly) on the Torx once you have positioned the screwdriver as well as you can on the Torx screw head ABSOLUTELY VERTICAL, put your palm on top of the screwdriver and push down firmly (not enough to damage the unit) - With your other hand use a pair of pliers to turn the screwdriver VERY SLOWLY and precisely (make sure the screwdriver is absolutely vertical and STOP if the Torx ridges don't 'bite' to avoid damaging the screw head further). This has worked for me on many many occasions but you do have to judge just how much pressure you push down with.
     
  3. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    Use a hammer.
     
  4. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a

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    No, use a sickle! :)

    C'mon dude, why should he use a hammer? :confused:

     
  5. rjcalifornia thread starter macrumors 6502a

    rjcalifornia

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    Well, I'm typing this in the same ibook! I successfully replaced the hard drive for one that has 60 GB.... I went to a guy who has more experience with macs (he received a 'broken' macbook pro for free and repaired himself)

    The problem is that... I installed Kubuntu 12.04, which is pretty fast and looks very pretty buuuuuut the fan is way too loud, so my guess is that it is kinda heavy....

    So here is the question:

    Do you know where I can get a copy of Leopard?

    I need it, even more now since I'm involved in a web development project which requires me to become a graphic designer (which I'm not) I really need it so please please someone respond to this... Thanks!

    (by get I mean buy ;) )
     
  6. wobegong Guest

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    The fan problem may not be CPU load, I believe (but could be wrong) that Ubuntu needs some updates loaded (run Software Updater) to play nicely with the Apple thermal dynamics, until this is done the fans run wild.
     
  7. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    Screws can always be pried like nails.
     
  8. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    This is a screw:
    [​IMG]

    Note the ridges present on the screw.
    This is a nail:
    [​IMG]
    Note the absence of the ridges.

    Screws can be pried like nails. It is also a terrible idea when one is prying them out of plastic.
     
  9. rjcalifornia thread starter macrumors 6502a

    rjcalifornia

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    Please, please stop. It would damage the unit. Can someone seriously ban this guy? The advice is not helpful at all and it is actually a dangerous advice.

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    I don't know, I don't want to run any risk with Kubuntu.

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    By the way I was able to replace the hard drive.
     
  10. jackolantern macrumors newbie

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    Airport Antenna Cable Ripped Out, still works?

    I have to post this question as a reply, since there is no button or function available to post a new thread. Sorry.

    iBook G4
    Airport extreme has an antenna with chewed off end. I gather the cable connects to the inside of the monitor.

    The card finds no networks, has no bandwidth whatsoever.

    It it found by the OS and appears to work fine, but I am wondering how to fix the antenna or what, because they sell cards online but they don't come with antennas.

    Do I need a new LCD display?
     
  11. ickystay macrumors regular

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    You can find iBook airport antennas on ebay for around 10 bucks. Installation is probably not fun, but doable. ifixit.com probably has some kind of step by step guide.
     

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