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Is your iMac always mute? Replace your speakers and crank those tunes!

  1. Loosen the two captive Phillips screws securing the access door to the iMac. Remove the access door from the iMac.
    • Loosen the two captive Phillips screws securing the access door to the iMac.

    • Remove the access door from the iMac.

    • Before beginning the repair, unplug the computer and press and hold the power switch for 20-30 seconds, to discharge internal capacitors.

  2. Remove the following four screws:
    • Remove the following four screws:

    • Three 6 mm T8 Torx.

    • One 8 mm T8 Torx.

  3. Flip your iMac over and lay it stand-side down on a flat surface. To lift the front bezel off the iMac, simultaneously:
    • Flip your iMac over and lay it stand-side down on a flat surface.

    • To lift the front bezel off the iMac, simultaneously:

    • Use your thumbs to press in the RAM arms and hold the iMac down.

    • Use your index fingers to pull the small bridge of material on the front bezel toward yourself.

    • Pull the Front bezel up with your index fingers.

    • Once the small bridge of material has cleared the RAM arms, lift the front bezel by its lower edge just enough to clear the bottom edge of the rear case.

  4. Re-orient your iMac so it sits upright on the stand. Insert a plastic card up into the corner of the air vent slot near the top of the rear case. Push the card toward the top of the iMac to release the front bezel latch.
    • Re-orient your iMac so it sits upright on the stand.

    • Insert a plastic card up into the corner of the air vent slot near the top of the rear case.

    • Push the card toward the top of the iMac to release the front bezel latch.

    • Pull the front bezel away from the rear case.

    • Repeat this process for the other side of the front bezel.

    • It may be necessary to apply several layers of duct tape to the top of the access card to aid in releasing the latches.

    • If the bezel refuses to release, try pressing the lower edge back onto the rear case and repeat this opening process.

  5. Lay your iMac stand-side down on a table.
    • Lay your iMac stand-side down on a table.

    • Lift the front bezel from its lower edge and rotate it away from the rest of your iMac, minding the RAM arms that may get caught.

    • Lay the front bezel above the rest of the iMac.

  6. If necessary, remove the piece of kapton tape(it is ok to toss this) wrapped around the microphone and camera cables.
    • If necessary, remove the piece of kapton tape(it is ok to toss this) wrapped around the microphone and camera cables.

  7. Disconnect both the camera and microphone cables. Disconnect both the camera and microphone cables.
    • Disconnect both the camera and microphone cables.

  8. Peel up the lower EMI shield from the rear case.
    • Peel up the lower EMI shield from the rear case.

    • It is only necessary to peel the shield up from three sides. Leave it attached to the display.

    • We have found it helpful to tape the EMI shield against the display to keep it out of the way.

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  10. Remove the two 4.8 mm T6 Torx screws securing the display data cable to the logic board. Grab the display data cable connector by its black tab and pull it straight up off the logic board.
    • Remove the two 4.8 mm T6 Torx screws securing the display data cable to the logic board.

    • Grab the display data cable connector by its black tab and pull it straight up off the logic board.

  11. Inverter cable on 24inch iMac pulls off to the left.
    • Inverter cable on 24inch iMac pulls off to the left.

    • Pull the inverter cable connector straight up off its socket on the logic board.

  12. Peel back the aluminum EMI tape from the two vertical edges of the display.
    • Peel back the aluminum EMI tape from the two vertical edges of the display.

    • During reassembly, it is helpful to use several small strips of tape to hold the EMI shielding along the left and right edges of the display footprint out of the way before lowering the display into the rear case of your iMac.

    • Allow the EMI shield to hang down from the display.

    • Remove the four 8 mm with 2 mm thick head coarse-thread T10 Torx screws securing the display to the rear case.

    • These screws are recessed, so a thin screwdriver such as this is essential for removal. Bit drivers tend to be too short for this application.

    • It is strongly recommended to use a magnetized screwdriver so the screws won't fall into the iMac.

  13. Lift the display from its lower edge and pull it toward yourself to peel off the EMI shield attached to its top edge.
    • Lift the display from its lower edge and pull it toward yourself to peel off the EMI shield attached to its top edge.

    • Be mindful of any cables that may get caught during removal.

  14. Remove the 30 mm T10 Torx screw securing the left speaker to the rear case.
    • Remove the 30 mm T10 Torx screw securing the left speaker to the rear case.

  15. Remove the 17 mm T10 Torx screw from the right speaker.
    • Remove the 17 mm T10 Torx screw from the right speaker.

    • Pull the SATA data cable connector away from its socket on the logic board.

    • The SATA connector on most iMacs tends to stick in its socket on the logic board. If you are having trouble disconnecting the SATA cable, insert a metal spudger or any other thin tool into the gap between the SATA connector and its socket and twist the spudger's shaft to safely separate the two pieces.

  16. Disconnect the CPU fan by pulling its connector up off the logic board.
    • Disconnect the CPU fan by pulling its connector up off the logic board.

  17. Disconnect the hard drive power cable by pulling its connector up off the logic board.
    • Disconnect the hard drive power cable by pulling its connector up off the logic board.

  18. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort Extreme antenna connector up off the AirPort Extreme card.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort Extreme antenna connector up off the AirPort Extreme card.

  19. If necessary, remove any tape covering the left speaker cable.
    • If necessary, remove any tape covering the left speaker cable.

  20. Lift the left and right speakers out of the rear case. The speaker cables are still attached to the logic board.
    • Lift the left and right speakers out of the rear case.

    • The speaker cables are still attached to the logic board.

    • The right speaker cable may be routed under the power button cable or the CPU fan cable (or both). If so, disconnect both cables by pulling their connectors away from the face of the logic board.

  21. Disconnect the speaker cable connector by pulling its connector away from the socket on the logic board.
    • Disconnect the speaker cable connector by pulling its connector away from the socket on the logic board.

    • Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board.

Conclusión

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

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