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Regain wireless connectivity by replacing your broken AirPort/Bluetooth board.

  1. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement, Access Door: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before you work on the computer, unplug the computer and press the power button for 20-30 seconds to drain the stored energy in the power supply.

    • Loosen the two Phillips screws securing the access door to your iMac.

    • These screws are captive in the access door.

  2. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the access door from your iMac.

  3. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement, Front Bezel: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three T8 Torx screws securing the front bezel to the rear panel.

  4. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Orient the iMac face-up, on its backside.

    • Use your thumbs to press both RAM arms in past the front bezel for enough clearance to lift it off the rear case.

  5. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • While holding the RAM arms in with your thumbs, lift the lower edge of the front bezel enough to clear the rear case.

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    • Re-orient your iMac so it sits upright on the stand.

    • Insert a plastic card up into the corner of the air vent slot at the top of the rear case.

    • Push the card toward the top of the iMac to release the front bezel latch.

    • Pull the front bezel away from the rear case.

    • Repeat this process for the other side of the front bezel.

    • It may be necessary to apply several layers of duct tape to the top of the access card to aid in releasing the latches.

    • If the bezel refuses to release, try pressing the lower edge back onto the rear case and repeat this opening process.

  7. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Lay your iMac stand-side down on a table.

    • Lift the front bezel from its lower edge and rotate it away from the rest of your iMac, minding the RAM arms that may get caught.

    • Lay the front bezel above the rest of the iMac.

  8. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • If necessary, remove the piece of kapton tape wrapped around the microphone and camera cables.

  9. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect both the camera and microphone cables.

  10. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement, AirPort/Bluetooth Board: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Peel back the aluminum EMI shield up off the lower three edges of the rear case.

    • It is not necessary to peel the EMI shield off the display.

    • We found it helpful to tape the EMI shield up against the display to keep it out of the way.

  11. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the single T10 Torx screw securing the right speaker to the rear case.

    • Pull the rear speaker out of the rear case, and move it out of the way.

    • It is not necessary to disconnect the right speaker.

  12. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two T6 Torx screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to the logic board.

    • Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth board up from its left edge to separate it from its socket on the logic board.

    • Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth board from its left edge only. Trying to lift from its right edge may break the socket off the logic board.

  13. iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 2 iMac G5 17" Model A1144 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort and Bluetooth antenna connectors up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

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

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