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  • Answer to: Can't secure wi-fi antenna plate properly

    Had the same problem with a late 2012 Mac Mini who's grill would just not line up with the screw holes. I had read another comment on the ifixit instructions for swapping out the hdd suggesting a paperclip to hook through a hole in the grill, but I found that a paperclip was not stiff and sturdy enough as a lever. What did work for me was using one end of the Mac Mini logic board tool hooked into a hole in the grill, and gently working the grill up and in along the rim it was resting on. The grill moved right into place with an audible snap. Thanks Kevin!

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  • Mac Mini Late 2012 Hard Drive Replacement

    Dismantling the Mini was simple, but the two hardest steps when installing a new hard drive were sliding the drive back in aligned correctly, and replacing the antenna grill.

    Even with the logic board pushed out, I found it difficult to line up the screws on the hard drive and get it seated properly. As for the grill, it would not line up with the screw holes. I had to use the Mac Mini tool hooked into a hole in the grill as a lever to lift it up and in towards the lip of the rim it was sitting on. There was an audible snap as it settled into place.

  • Mac Mini Mid 2011 Antenna Plate Replacement

    There's no real need to disconnect the antenna. You can just lay the grill gently on its side and leave it connected.

  • Mac Mini Mid 2011 Hard Drive Replacement

    You may not find it necessary to push out the logic board in order to slide in (or out) the hard drive. It helps to have the extra room to maneuver, but it can be done without.

  • Mac Mini Mid 2011 Hard Drive Replacement

    That third screw on the lower right hand side should be removed in the beginning when you remove the fan.

  • Mac Mini Mid 2011 Hard Drive Replacement

    I did not remove the IR sensor. I attempted to and it was very difficult, (I felt like I was going to snap or damage the logic board). I would advise skipping this part since it's not necessary to removal of the hard drive, and it seems like a number of people have damaged their logic board while trying to disconnect the IR sensor. Skip.

  • Mac Mini Mid 2011 Antenna Plate Replacement

    The antenna connector is underneath a black flap. I just lifted the flap slightly with a spudger and used my fingers to disconnect.

  • Mac Mini Mid 2011 Fan Replacement

    The fan has in fact, 3 screws that need to be removed before you can lift it out.