Introduction

Replace your Apple TV's 1st Generation logic board.

Image 1/1: You need to remove the rubber base to get access to the screws.
  • 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.

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Image 1/1: 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.
  • 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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Image 1/2: 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 "?". Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/1: Using a pair of tweezers, squeeze the top of each post and push the post down into the hole. Repeat for all three 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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Image 1/1: Lift and remove the fan out of the upper case.
  • 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.

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  • Pry the AirPort antenna cables straight up from their sockets on the logic board.

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  • Remove the single T8 Torx screw securing the AirPort card to the logic board.

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  • Cautiously lift the AirPort card and pull it straight away. Slide it from its socket on the logic board.

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Image 1/1: There is a release tab that must be pushed inwards in conjunction with pulling to release the power cable
  • Disconnect the power cable straight up from its socket on the logic board.

  • There is a release tab that must be pushed inwards in conjunction with pulling to release the power cable

  • Make sure to pull the connector straight up from its socket and not toward the face of the logic board.

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Image 1/1: One 4.8 mm T8 Torx screw
  • Remove the following three screws securing the power supply to the upper case:

    • One 4.8 mm T8 Torx screw

    • Two 5.8 mm T8 Torx screws

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Image 1/2: This should pop out easily. Image 2/2: This should pop out easily.
  • Use your finger to push and dislodge the AC power connector inwards, towards the power supply.

  • This should pop out easily.

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  • Power supply remains.

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Image 1/1: To remove the T8 screw, you must insert the screwdriver through the access hole in the metal shield. The access hole is located near the PRAM battery.
  • Remove the T8 Torx screw securing the metal shield to the case.

  • To remove the T8 screw, you must insert the screwdriver through the access hole in the metal shield. The access hole is located near the PRAM battery.

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Image 1/2: Lift and remove the metal shield from the upper case of the Apple TV. Image 2/2: Lift and remove the metal shield from the upper case of the Apple TV.
  • Remove the T20 screw located near the digital audio port.

  • Lift and remove the metal shield from the upper case of the Apple TV.

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Image 1/1: Make sure to pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board. Do not pull the connector straight up.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the IR cable straight away from its socket on the logic board.

  • Make sure to pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board. Do not pull the connector straight up.

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Image 1/1: Be careful not to damage the ports when sliding the logic board out of case.
  • Lift the left edge of the logic board (nearest the PRAM battery) upwards and slide it out of the case, away from the ports.

  • Be careful not to damage the ports when sliding the logic board out of case.

  • The logic board remains.

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Conclusion

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

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