Resolved iMac G4 bottom housing removal

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  1. jaydennz, Aug 11, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014

    jaydennz macrumors member

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    Hey guys,

    I got another imac g4, super cheap.

    In the process of upgrading the internals but the bottom case is pretty firmly closed, I think the thermal paste is acting as glue. Any tips on opening her up without damaging?

    Thanks
     
  2. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    You wanna pull straight off (no twist),,,Maybe run it for a while to heat up the old paste?
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to break the bond between the two halves of the dome. Do not use a metal tool as you will scratch the iMac's dome.
     
  4. jaydennz thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks that worked a treat.
     
  5. jrsx macrumors 65816

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    This probably wouldn't work with an iMac G4, but on laptops and things when the heatsink is glued to the CPU, you can use a hairdryer to allow the thermal compound to lose it's seal somewhat.
     
  6. catzilla macrumors 6502

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    Good to know. I'm going to a local recyclers selling G4 iMacs for $35.
     
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  8. catzilla, Aug 13, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2014

    catzilla macrumors 6502

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    Turns out the 15" were $35, I splurged and spent $10 more for a 17". No HD, seems like a bad SD, won't boot from a DVD from the internal. Installing 10.4 on an old external FW400 HD. I got a nice Duo 270C for $20 also.

    Followup: It has a HD, just not connected. I reattached it and the HD and SD work fine. Loaded Tiger and all the updates.
     
  9. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    For $45?!? Wish there was a place like that close to me!
     

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