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Open case of Apple Powerbook G3

The power has stopped working on my old Mac Powerbook g3. I am trying to get into it to see if there is a simple fix. Any clue how to open case?

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Several screws on bottom and the whole top case snaps off. It will take a little time on this model to gently pry. Also, I think the keyboard comes off first before removing the top cover by two finger pegs. It's been a long time since I worked on this model you you'll just have to get in and look around. Very common on this design that the power plug just needs re-soldered to the motherboard.

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1) The plug connection (where you plug into the laptop) attaches to the Audio card. This is a point of frequent physical connection failure, either due to abuse or even significant normal wear & tear. It continued being a problem until Apple came out with the MagSafe connector on the Intel MacBooks. If this is bad, you won't be able to charge your battery, so this will need to be determined first.

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If I can be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it accordingly.

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