Install an AirPort Extreme 802.11g card internally.

  1. Use a coin to rotate the battery locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.
    • Use a coin to rotate the battery locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.

    • Lift the battery out of the computer.

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  2. Pull the keyboard release tabs (shown in yellow) toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free.
    • Pull the keyboard release tabs (shown in yellow) toward you and lift up on the keyboard until it pops free.

    • If the keyboard does not come free, use a small flathead screwdriver to turn the keyboard locking screw (shown in orange) 180 degrees in either direction and try again.

    • Flip the keyboard over, away from the screen, and rest it face-down on the trackpad area.

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    • Loosen the four silver Phillips screws that secure the RAM shield.

    • These screws will not come out all the way. The screws are held captive to the RAM shield to prevent them from getting lost.

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    • Remove the RAM shield from the computer.

    • The four captive screws will come out with the RAM shield.

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    • Pull the keyboard cable up from the logic board, holding the cable as close to the connector as possible.

    • When reassembling your iBook, make sure that you reconnect the keyboard cable before replacing the RAM shield.

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    • Close the display and flip the computer over.

    • Remove the three hex screws using a T8 Torx screwdriver.

    • The shorter screw is in the center.

    Oop's sorry on my earlier note I meant to say in step 2

    Keith - Contestar

    In my iBook G4 (Fr), there's no T8 Torx but nut driver.

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    • Use a spudger or small flathead screwdriver to remove the three rubber feet from the lower case.

    Be careful, the rubber feet tend to jump out and get lost.

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    • Remove the three newly-revealed Phillips screws.

    • One screw is underneath each bumper (three total).

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    • Use a spudger or small flathead screwdriver to pry up the three metal rings that housed the rubber bumpers.

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    • Remove the two Phillips screws on either side of the battery contacts.

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    • Breathe deeply. Trying times are ahead, but we promise the lower case does come off.

    • Push in the thin rims of the lower case surrounding the battery compartment, bending them past the tabs, and then lift up to free that corner of the lower case.

    This part scared me, never in an iFixIt guide have I seen a warning like "trying times are ahead".

    I used a plastic iPod opening tool and ran it around the seam in the same order pictured. I had the plastic off in less than a minute with almost no fuss.

    PohTayToez - Contestar

    • There is a slot on the wall of the battery compartment that locks the lower case in place. Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry out the slot's lower rim and pull up on the lower case to free the slot from the tabs holding it.

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    • Run a spudger along the seam between the lower case and upper case on the front of the computer to free the tabs locking the lower case. Pull up on the lower case and continue to use the spudger as necessary until you hear three distinct clicks.

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    • Continue to run the spudger around the front, right corner. There are two tabs on the port side of the computer, one near the front corner and one near the sound-out port.

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    • There are three tabs over the optical drive that must be released before the lower case can come off. Slide the spudger into the lower case above the optical drive and run it toward the back of the computer until you hear three distinct clicks.

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    • The front and sides of the lower case are now free.

    • Turn the computer so that the back is facing you and pull the lower case up and toward you until the back tabs pop free.

    • It may be helpful to jiggle the case up and down.

    I found it easier and "safer" to use a spudge at the back as well (two on each side of the hinge)

    Paulix - Contestar

    Cita de Paulix:

    I found it easier and "safer" to use a spudge at the back as well (two on each side of the hinge)

    I did too. Thanks, Paulix.

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    • Remove the small greasy springs with white plastic caps from either side of the battery contacts.

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    • Remove the following 10 screws from the bottom shield:

      • Six 3 mm Phillips

      • Three 7.5 mm Phillips

      • One 14 mm Phillips

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    • Lift the bottom shield off.

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    • Remove the single Phillips screw securing the DC-In board.

    You might not need to remove the entire DC-In board and cable. This is removed because the DC-In jack blocks the upper case from being lifted off. I just removed the screw and pushed the board slightly in when removing the upper case to provide clearance. You may want to tape the board loosely in place when the screw is out to prevent it from falling out.

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    • Angle the DC-In board out of its compartment.

    • You may need to remove tape that secures the DC-In board cable to the case.

    You need to undo the adhesive halfway down the cable, so you can lift the DC board to angle it out correctly. beefybov

    beefybov - Contestar

    Cita de beefybov:

    You need to undo the adhesive halfway down the cable, so you can lift the DC board to angle it out correctly. beefybov

    Good call, beefybov.

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    • Lift the DC-In cable from the adhesive attaching it to the logic board.

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    • Disconnect the DC-In cable from the logic board.

    • Wiggling the connector parallel to the surface of the logic board while applying slight tension may aid in removal.

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    • Remove the following 11 screws from the bottom of the computer:

      • Three 3 mm Phillips around the battery compartment.

      • Three 4.5 mm Phillips along the optical drive bezel. (a magnetic screwdriver may help to lift these screws out)

      • One 12 mm Phillips in the lower right corner.

      • Four 14.5 mm Phillips.

    On my model, both left-side screws are short and the (lower) right screw is the long one.

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    Paulix -

    Sorry, this note should be for Step 25!

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    • We recommend placing the computer on a soft cloth from this point on to prevent damaging the logic board.

    • Turn over the computer and open it.

    • Remove the 3 Phillips screws from the edges of the keyboard area.

    • The shorter screw goes in the lower left corner. The left corner is indicated by a blue "L" in the photograph and is on the right side.

    A soft cloth like the one you use to clean your screen with. Not a towel because of the static that might be built up in heavier fabrics.

    2myownbeat - Contestar

    The picture has the lower *right* screw marked as "L" -- but that's a mistake; the short screw is, as described, on the lower LEFT side.

    Peter King - Contestar

    On my computer, the screw in lower right marked "L" (long?) in the picture is M3x6mm and the other two are M3x3mm.

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    Long screw goes into the right bottom corner - and the 3 mm on the left - at least at the computer I did.

    zhp - Contestar

    Yes, the LONG screw goes into the bottom RIGHT corner if the screen is facing you as it does when you're using the computer.

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    • Be especially careful while disconnecting the cables in the forthcoming steps. Never pull directly on the cables, but use a spudger to pry up the connector directly from its socket.

    • Lift the upper case and use a spudger or your finger to disconnect the trackpad connector hidden beneath the white plastic tab.

    • Be careful while lifting the upper case, as its tabs are still hanging on the metal frame.

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    • The sockets attached to the motherboards of most iBooks are very weak and easily broken. Use extreme caution when pulling connectors out of their sockets.

    • Lift the upper case enough to disconnect the blue and white power cable from the logic board. Using your fingernails, carefully pry the connector from its socket.

    • Carefully disconnect the multicolored speaker cable from the logic board in the same fashion.

    use 2 tweezers instead: One with a fine tip to hold down the female socket and the other (or your fingernails) to pry up the male connector. That way you can better prevent the female socket to break off from the motherboard.

    Christian - Contestar

    This is a very tough one. I did break both the power cable and speaker cable off the motherboard, and was unable to separate the motherboard-side connectors from the cable-side connectors even after that. Fortunately, this iBook was already bricked.

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    • Remove the following 16 screws:

      • Thirteen 3 mm Phillips.

      • One 3 mm Phillips.

      • Two 4 mm Phillips.

    • During reassembly, be sure to fit the screw near the left hinge through the loop in the display data cable, securing the cable to the upper case.

    on my model, the upper yellow screw and the orange screw were 3mm as well (red colour). So only the one right yellow screw was 4 mm.

    Paulix - Contestar

    On my computer there is only one 4mm screw. The leftmost bottom right. The others are 3 mm. It is actually written on the shield: M2X3 = 3 mm. M2X4 = 4 mm.

    Paulix - Contestar

    The little tabs on the shield that are intended to contact the metal on the ports and the optical drive had been flattened out on my iBook and were no longer in contact. I didn't notice this until I had installed the shield. Make sure the tabs are bent down a bit as to contact the ports and optical drive. This system looks like it replaced the foil tape on earlier models. Just my own observation.

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    • Lift the top shield up from the right side, minding the upper left corner which may catch on the metal framework.

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    • Remove the following three screws from the AirPort card bracket:

      • Three 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Lift the metal AirPort card retaining bracket up and out of the computer.

    If fixing the common iBook G4 Airport card intermittent connector contact problem I recommend following this guide up to step 32 to remove the card (antenna still attached). Clean the connector contacts using a high-quality contact cleaner spray, then replace the card. When reattaching the metal bracket place a small piece of cardboard or other non-conductive shim material under the tab where it rests against the card to provide additional down force. You may not need a new Airport Extreme card at all.

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    • Remove the two 3 mm Phillips screws securing the AirPort card to the logic board.

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    • Using a spudger, pry up on the AirPort card from the end nearest to the hard drive to separate the connector from the logic board.

    • Be sure to pry only between the metal framework and the AirPort card.

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    • Hold the AirPort card in one hand and use a spudger to disconnect the two antenna cables.

    • AirPort card remains.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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When reinstalling the two screws in step 10, make sure that they are the correct length. There is no margin for error here. You can damage the board with the battery contacts. The screws are 4.5mm with small heads. And.. I will never admit that I'm speaking from experience!

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