Introduction

Replace the fan in your Apple TV 1st Generation.

Parts

No parts required.

Flip the Apple TV over so that the bottom of the unit is facing up.
  • 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.

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

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Remove the four T10 Torx screws that secure the lower case to the upper case.
  • Remove the four T10 Torx screws that secure the lower case to the upper case.

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Carefully lift the lower case from the upper case enough to allow access to the internals of the Apple TV.
  • 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.

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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 "?".
  • 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 "?".

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The fan is held in place by three rubber posts.
  • The fan is held in place by three rubber posts.

  • Using a pair of tweezers, squeeze the top of each post and push the post down into the hole. Repeat for all three posts.

  • During reinstallation, it helps to lubricate the rubber posts. Try weaving a string through the holes in the posts to pull them up through the mounting points.

  • Do not excessively pull on the posts, as they may rip.

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Using a pair of tweezers, pull the fan connector straight up from its socket on the logic board.
  • Using a pair of tweezers, pull the fan connector straight up from its socket on the logic board.

  • Lift and remove the fan out of the upper case.

I've been looking for a replacement fan to go with this guide, do you guys sell ATV fans? They're not standard to my knowledge

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Conclusion

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

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