Cleaning the combo drive (DVD reader +
CD burner) of G4 Powerbook Titanium
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
The drive reject everything: music CD, data CD or DVD.
Shutdown the Powerbook, remove the battery (blue arrow)
and the 8 torx screws (yellow arrows).
As the "operation" had to be done in an urgency: I just
unplug the drive connector (yellow arrow) and raise up the
Caution: the drive is clamped in the chassis through
rubber pins (blue arrows).
The drive partially removed: it just stay hold to the
chassis by the ground cable: gently remove it.
Right above: the 8 torx screws. Right to the G4: my
Yellow arrows: two cruciform screws to be removed to
extract the combo drive from its craddle.
On the other side, the same screws.
Now opening the drive:
1. Remove the 4 screws (yellow arrows)
2. Remove the facade cache (blue arrow).
Once the screws removed, raise the cover from the side
with the 3 screws (see the picture at point 6 just above)
and then smoothly detach the cover by pushing it in the
direction pointed by the blue arrow.
Push to the top the guide (blue arrow) and, again, 4
screws to extract the guide's cache (yellow arrows).
The ribbon straights up, rubbing against the optical
I clean the lens with isopropylic alcohol (yellow arrow)
and do the same for the two axes (blue arrows).
Then, I put some sewing machine oil on the cleaned axes.
The white arrow points to the ribbon I just stick onto
the chassis with some double-faced tape.
And as usual: same instructions in reverser ordre to
rebuilt the machine.