Introduction

Easily replace your AirPort Extreme card to regain wireless connectivity.

Image 1/1: Loosen the three Phillips screws securing the rear panel to the iMac.
  • Lay the iMac display-side down on a flat surface.

  • Loosen the three Phillips screws securing the rear panel to the iMac.

  • These screws are captive in the iMac. The center screw will stop turning after about 3.5 turns and the outer screws will stop turning after about 5.5 turns. Do not try to remove these screws from your iMac.

Some models (with light sensor) have only the two outboard screws.

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Image 1/2: Pull the rear panel toward yourself and remove it from the iMac.
  • Lift the rear panel slightly near the bottom of the iMac.

  • Pull the rear panel toward yourself and remove it from the iMac.

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Image 1/1: During reinstallation, insert the AirPort card such that the antenna side is nearest the center of the logic board.
  • Lift the AirPort card slightly by its plastic tab and pull it straight away from its socket.

  • During reinstallation, insert the AirPort card such that the antenna side is nearest the center of the logic board.

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Image 1/1: Push the spudger away from the AirPort card to disconnect the AirPort antenna.
  • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the body of the AirPort card and its antenna connector.

  • Push the spudger away from the AirPort card to disconnect the AirPort antenna.

  • When reassembling your iMac, be sure to insert the AirPort card the way it was before disassembly.

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Conclusion

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

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