Google is failing me, so...
Does anyone have a link to a disassembly guide that goes so far as opening the LCD frame on a 15" Aluminum G4 Powerbook? The otherwise useful iFixit guides only get as far as unit-level replacement" of the whole LCD-frame-hinge assembly.
I'm pondering the possibility of doing an "iMac Jr."-style mini desktop or "Picture Frame Computer" modification to a very battered G4. The most straightforward way on most machines is of course to disjoint the screen and either rotate it 180 degrees so its back is to the keyboard, or to flip it all the way over so its back is against the bottom of the laptop. In either case, I have two questions, thanks to the Aluminum's unique hinge design.
1: Is there enough display cable in there to make either option (rotation or front-to-back flipping) feasible?
2: Is it possible to retain most of the LCD frame, but remove the blocky part that hinges to the laptop, leaving me with a flat surface on the front of the display housing I can cover with a matting? (With perhaps a little hacking of the back to route the display cable out behind.) For durability reasons that seems preferable to stripping down to a bare panel.
I've seen this done with Titaniums but never an Aluminum. The hinge-LCD frame interface on this unit is already "wobbly" from impact damage, but I don't know if that means they actually are "supposed" to come apart easily or if something cracked. (maybe it's both.) The way Titanium screens are glued together makes me a bit shy of just pulling out screws without knowing what I'm getting into.
Any pointers from an experienced Aluminum gutter would be most helpful. ;^)