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Not sure if the EMI filter will NEVER fail as someone said above. Mine was buzzing and I replaced it and this fixed one of my displays that was buzzing. There are also other causes, including capacitors on the Power Supply board, worn out fan etc.
Often only parts of the logic board go faulty. The logic board in this unit is really a hybrid of several circuits, all running off thunderbolt. You may see that the Display Audio, Display Ethernet works when the display doesn’t and vice versa. The backlight power circuit is also on the logic board. It may have been both parts replaced were faulty, or just the display.
Add the note that it should be lifted from the bottom edge. It is also important not to twist the display by levering up from one corner.
Please update the picture to include the RED BOXED IN AREA that you refer to on all three pictures in this step. I have had a few zaps from these supplies and it is not pleasant.
If the note in this step can be updated to more accurately describe why the notches must be visible, that would be most helpful.
Perhaps written as per “The camera cable (ie the AirPort cable) whilst it can fit in both ways, you WILL cause damage to either the card, the motherboard or both if the orientation is not correct.
The cable MUST be installed so that the notches on one side of the cable are not visible”
The glass is glass Scott. It will shatter if you don't take it straight off. If you lever it open like a door, you will either break off the metal pins that are bonded to the glass, or crack the screen or both.
If you can get a pick in the edge, you can remove it without Suction cups, though they do help to remove it straight off without bending the pins.
If you are just doing the drive, then you can do it all without taking off the Screen completely. You just need to unplug the Inverter cables to lean the screen back then you can remove the drive, replace the drive and close it all up again.
Be aware the drive cables are very short in the 20" model. You will need a drive carrier that places the SSD data and power connectors in a similar location to a 3.5" drive (which these carriers are quite rare). Or get an SATA+Power extension cable for a couple of bucks.
You could do away with a bracket and use double sided foam tape or strong double lock velcro blocks to position a SSD on the back of the iMac.
Yes the screens in these machines are easy to break. I've opened these sorts of machines at least a 40 times. You do need to be very careful with the display. The won't take any pressure from a wayward thumb or finger etc. I have broken one once, trying to get a latch to give. You have to be very conscious not to out any fingers in the display at all.
BUT, how you think this is anyone's but your own fault is beyond me. iFixit has no blame to take here.
Please everyone, read through all instructions carefully and learn from others'.
And to this poster, go buy one of these machines from eBay or find in one in hard rubbish to repair yours. These white iMacs are almost 10 years old now. And are scrap in most people's minds.