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Repairing Apple TV 1st Generation Power Light
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Many Apple TV forums report a weakening or dimming of the white power indicator. This is due to premature failure of a white LED. It is possible to replace the LED and restore the power light.
- Author: John Matheson
- Time required: 1 Hour
- Difficulty: Very difficult
This repair requires either an extremely fine tipped soldering iron and extremely steady hands, or an SMD rework station.
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Carefully peel back the two copper sticky grounding strips near the LED module.
Swing the outer aluminium case up and carefully slide it towards the connector side of the logic board until it comes off. Remove the two Phillips #0 screws securing the LED module.
Carefully unplug the module from the logic board to make it easier to work on, and remove it from the case.
There are two miniature SMD LEDs, one is clear and one is yellow. Unsolder the yellow coloured LED, which is actually the white one - the clear SMD LED is amber when on. Replace with another high intensity SMD LED. I used a blue one to match my other hi-fi components. The anode (+) is marked on the circuit board and is away from the infrared receiver side. Reassemble is a simple reversal being sure to remember to reverse every step.
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