Introduction

This repair requires either an extremely fine tipped soldering iron and extremely steady hands, or an SMD rework station.

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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  • 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 and remove it from the case.

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  • There are two miniature SMD LEDs. One is clear and one is yellow. Unsolder the YELLOW colored LED. Replace with another high intensity SMD LED. The anode (+) is marked on the circuit board and is located away from the infrared receiver side.

  • SMD LEDs are difficult to find as a spare part. You can carefully ground down a normal sized LED with a Dremil until it is the correct fit.

  • Reassemble the Apple TV following the reverse of these to steps used to disassemble it.

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Conclusion

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

John Matheson

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John, thank you for this guide. I have a few questions if you could please email me "motocross250r at gmail dot com" or reply here. What LED exactly did you use? I've been looking on Mouser and they are very different. Do you have a wattage or voltage we're dealing with? Thanks

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