Introduction

Use this guide to replace the antenna plate that serves as a mount for the antenna as well as the hard drive.

  1. Place your thumbs in the depressions cut into the bottom cover.
    • Place your thumbs in the depressions cut into the bottom cover.

    • Rotate the bottom cover counter-clockwise until the white dot painted on the bottom cover is aligned with the ring inscribed on the outer case.

  2. Tilt the mini enough to allow the bottom cover to fall away from the outer case.
    • Tilt the mini enough to allow the bottom cover to fall away from the outer case.

    • Remove the bottom cover and set it aside.

    • Remove the two 11.3 mm T6 Torx screws securing the fan to the logic board near the antenna plate.

    • Lift the ear of the fan nearest the RAM up off the standoff secured to the outer case.

      • If the fan doesn't separate from the standoff screw with a moderate amount of force, you can use a T6 Torx driver to simply remove this screw.

    • Lift the fan out of the mini for enough clearance to access its connector.

    • Carefully pull the fan cables upward to lift the fan connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Remove the fan.

    • Remove the single 3.5 mm T6 Torx screw securing the cowling to the heat sink.

    • Lift the cowling from the end nearest the antenna plate.

    • Rotate the cowling away from the outer case and remove it from the mini.

    • Remove the following screws securing the antenna plate to the mini:

      • Two 6.6 mm T8 Torx screws

      • Two 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screws (either will work)

    • Slightly lift the antenna plate from the end closest to the RAM.

    • Carefully pull the antenna plate straight away from the circular rim of the outer case.

    • Do not remove the antenna plate yet. It is still attached to the AirPort/ Bluetooth board.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully pry the antenna connector up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • Remove the antenna plate from the mini.

Conclusion

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

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2 Comments

GalvanicMacPro, to my recollection, the plate needs to be more fully inserted before all screws will line up again.

bkbkbk - Reply

bkbkbk,

I can see that it has a very particular orientation, going under the Mini's housing from about 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock, so to speak, and that I've done. I can't for the life of me see how it ever lined up originally!

GalvanicMacPro -

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