replacing optical drive in G5 iMac (iSight)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Melbournemac, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. Melbournemac macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2008
    Melbourne Australia
    OK, I've been checking out various forums and help pages looking for information on how to take apart my G5 iMac to replace the UJ 846 optical drive. I have the iSight model which the Apple help page doesn't cover as to how to fix. I am lead to believe that the LCD screen must be removed to perform this task. Am I crazy to attempt this at home? Has anyone done this themselves? Any information would be welcome.
    Cheers, Phil.
  2. Macman756 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    The first body style of the iMac G5 , non isight, was the only model to have the optical drive easily replaceable. On yours, its a white 1.9 or 2.1 G5 right? I would not attempt it. The new Aluminums are easier. I myself have never tried replacing it, but, I think you can buy, (Although I'm not sure) the Macbook Air Superdrive for $99, its USB 2.0 and you dont have to crack her open and buy a new drive. I think that drive works on all macs. Just my 2 cents!
  3. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    The only ones I found were on eBay. Try lookinghere

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