Introduction

Use this guide to replace the AirPort antenna array in your Mac Pro.

  1. Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position.
    • Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position.

  2. Lift the outer case straight up off the Mac Pro.
    • Lift the outer case straight up off the Mac Pro.

    • It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up.

    • Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly.

    • The fan assembly is attached to the rest of the computer by two cables on the IO board side.

    • Tilt the assembly up away from the IO board.

    • Do not try to remove the fan assembly yet, as it is still attached by two cables.

    • While supporting the fan assembly with one hand, loosen the two T7 captive screws in the fan cable bracket.

    • These screws are captive in the Mac Pro. Do not try to remove these screws from your Mac Pro.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the fan cable bracket away from the fan assembly.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the fan assembly ribbon cable from the IO board.

    • Disconnect the fan assembly antenna cable from the IO board.

    • Remove the fan assembly from the Mac Pro.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the fan assembly lid up off the fan assembly.

    • Remove the fan assembly lid.

    • Remove the three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the metal cover to the AirPort board bay.

    • Lift and remove the metal cover from the AirPort board bay.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan assembly ribbon cable connector.

    • Remove the fan assembly ribbon cable from its ZIF socket.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan ribbon cable.

    • Disconnect the fan ribbon cable.

    • Remove the three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the antenna array to the fan assembly.

    • Remove the AirPort antenna array.

Conclusion

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

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having macpro 2013 bluetooth on issue, where is the bluetooth module locate?

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is bluetooth module part of (inside) airport board?

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