With the iBook, Jobs, Apple's seemingly permanent interim CEO, jumped through a daunting business hoop of his own. He needed one year to create products in four areas (professional and consumer desktops and portables) and just two years to make Apple a comeback king, a feat perhaps unduplicated in tech history.

Lisa M. Bowman, ZDNet.co.uk

Changing the optical drive

The CD-ROM or DVD drive in the Clamshell iBook is disguised to an extent that you can hardly believe that a standard drive lies underneath the cage which holds it in its place. You can dismantle the drive and use even a DVD burner as long as you make sure that it is set to master or cable select.


All parts are either screwed and / or glued together. You need a philips screwdriver, a good scraper and a spatula. Removing the white spacer pad needs your special attention.

The picture shows the attachments (without bezel), which must be dismantled.

6 screws - 4 on the side, 2 on the ribbon cable

2 Metal fleece pieces

1 spacer spring

1 cage

1 flat ribbon cable

1 flat white spacer pad (remove carefully with scraper)

The cage and the flat cable are slightly glued to the drive, use a spatula.

Here is a link for the bezel mod

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