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Apple TV 1st Generation AirPort Card Replacement

What you need

  1. Apple TV 1st Generation AirPort Card Replacement, Lower Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Flip the Apple TV over so that the bottom of the unit is facing up.

    • You need to remove the rubber base to get access to the screws.

    • Starting at one side of the device, use a hairdryer or a heat gun to soften the adhesive holding the rubber base in place.

    • The rubber base will be hot after heating, take extreme caution while proceeding to avoid personal injury.

    • While the adhesive is still warm, peel the bottom of the rubber base upwards to detach it from the metal plate.

    • The rubber base can tear if the adhesive hasn't been softened enough.

    • Repeat the procedure described above until the rubber base has been completely removed.

  2. Apple TV 1st Generation AirPort Card Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the four T10 Torx screws that secure the lower case to the upper case.

  3. Apple TV 1st Generation AirPort Card Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully lift the lower case from the upper case enough to allow access to the internals of the Apple TV.

    • Be aware that the hard drive is physically attached to the lower case and that a ribbon cable runs from the drive to the logic board in the upper case.

  4. Apple TV 1st Generation AirPort Card Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 Apple TV 1st Generation AirPort Card Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully pull the hard drive data cable straight up from its socket on the logic board.

    • During reassembly, make sure the hard drive data cable is firmly seated in its socket on the logic board; otherwise, during boot-up you will see a flashing question mark "?".

  5. Apple TV 1st Generation AirPort Card Replacement, AirPort Card: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Pry the AirPort antenna cables straight up from their sockets on the logic board.

  6. Apple TV 1st Generation AirPort Card Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single T8 Torx screw securing the AirPort card to the logic board.

  7. Apple TV 1st Generation AirPort Card Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Cautiously lift the AirPort card and pull it straight away. Slide it from its socket on the logic board.

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

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