Introduction

Replace the power supply in your Apple TV 1st Generation.

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.

  • 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 "?".

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Conclusion

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

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A couple of quick notes:

1. In Step 3, you lift the cover first from the opposite end shown.

2. Before assuming the problem is the power supply, try replacing the CR2032 3V lithium battery found in the photo for Step 6. If the battery has died, it can cause the unit not to power up. Replacing it is easier and cheaper than a new power supply. :-)

tandrewak - Reply

I think my battery is dead and your note says step 6 shows the battery. I don't see it?

LesKangas -

Good advice, that is the easiest thing to check in the process described.

Nevertheless, I'm afraid it was not my case since I had checked the power supply with the tester and it had given no signs of life. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Sergey Troshin - Reply

Thanks for the guide. Once you open the device it’s kind of self explanatory but I was glad to find this tutorial to know that the replacement was possible. In my case, my power board was fried (and I mean, fried. The fuse blew in the house with an awful smell coming from the ATV. When I opened it the inside of the power board was a black mess). I didn’t see the link with the airport card but I guess this was steps for another tutorial.

nessdufrat - Reply

My problem with my apple tv first generation is that it will not power up. When I do, an amber I get am amber light that blinks a couple of times and then shuts down. If I wait a couple of minutes and power it up again, the same thing happens. Is this an indication that the power supply needs to be replace or could it be something else?

David - Reply

Cannot power my apple tv first generation. When I do, I get a bliking amber light that last a few seconds. If I wait a couple of minutes and power the unit again, the same thing happens.  Is this an indication that there is something wrong with the power supply, or can it be something else that I should replace?

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