Toughest Apple laptop to take apart?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by gavinstubbs09, Jan 13, 2015.


Toughest laptop to pull apart

  1. iBook G3

    7 vote(s)
  2. iBook G4

    2 vote(s)
  3. PowerBook G4 14"

    4 vote(s)
  4. PowerBook G4 15"

    0 vote(s)
  5. PowerBook G4 17"

    0 vote(s)
  1. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2013
    NorCal boonies ~~~by Reno sorta
    Just curious, cast your vote!

    Mine goes to the 12" PowerBook G4s. What a PITA to change the superdrive.

    Oops. I meant 12" PB not 14" :D
  2. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

    PowerMac G4 MDD

    Jul 13, 2014
    At the intersection of Conch and Coral.
    I believe the most difficult ones are iBook Clamshells. I had thought iBooks Snows/G4s and Aluminum PBs were tough to take apart, but you should see the horrible procedure you have to go through just to change the HD in an ORIGINAL iBook.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I'd agree with you, except it's not in the poll!

    17" AlBooks are the easiest.
  4. catzilla macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2013
    Rhode Island
  5. happyfrappy macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2007
    Location eh?
    Number of screws the PowerBook G4 era takes the cake--my 12" PB G4 was a nightmare, early iBooks on the other hand weren't designed to be repaired/user serviceable... an old tech I knew at CompUSA often saw his manager approve replacement as it took too much repair tech time & led to backlogs of their repair que(customers with store-warranty not AppleCare).

    ...complex layout of Ice/Snow white iBook G3/PowerBook G4 era was the beginning of Apple switching to mail-in depot repair and dealers slowly exiting the repair side. (several local dealers in my area only do desktop Mac repair/part replacements but the new trashcan Mac Pro put a dent into that service area)
  6. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    I have pulled apart every one in that list. By far the worst was the 12" PB. The Clamshell in retrospect was not that bad, except for reattaching the display (hint: put the three small screws in first), because it is sturdily built. With the 12" PB you are constantly worried about denting/twisting the palmrest/keyboard lid - plus the two fragile, hard to reach logic board cable sockets to detach the keyboard from.

    Worse than any of those was the Macbook Pro Santa Rosa. That keyboard/palmrest lid does not come off easily at all with all those clips at the front.
  7. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

    PowerMac G4 MDD

    Jul 13, 2014
    At the intersection of Conch and Coral.
    Wow. Yeah, I'll take your word for it. I guess the Clamshells come in second.

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