Taking off the back cover.....

Discussion in 'iMac' started by keithbennis, Nov 3, 2006.

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    keithbennis

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    Alright, so here's the breakdown, I tried to take off the back cover of my iMac last night to dust out the fans and everything on the inside, but after taking out all 4 screws (even the extra 2 in the middle) I couldn't get the darn thing off!

    I used to own a PPC iMac G5 and used to do this frequently and had no problem, the back generally came off by just pulling out and down......

    The one I tried to clean out now is a refurbished Intel Core Duo 20" iMac........ I was wondering maybe if it had anything to do with it being refurbished that I couldn't get it off? I was tugging, pulling, and going to the extent where I wanted to break it. But to my frustration, I stopped, put the screws in, and decided to come on here and ask.......... sooooooo.......

    Is there some special technique of getting it off that I'm unaware of? :confused:
     
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    roland.g

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    Unlike the G5 iMac, the Intel iMacs are not designed to have the user remove the back cover. Some people here have opened up some 24" iMacs, but it is a different process. It opens up revealing the screen and below that, and to replace the HDD you must take the screen out.
     
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    ITASOR

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    It's not worth it to clean some dust out.
     
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    balamw

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    However, if you want to upgrade your HDD while you're at it, that might just make it worthwhile... :p

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    keithbennis

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    I know it seems like a hassle...... I probably won't do it. I just know when I used to dust out my G5 iMac, there was a lotttttt of dust on the fans and such. It was like a helicopter droppin down in the desert when I blasted it with the aircan....... but, at least I know now to disassemble it if I ever want to upgrade.

    Thanks guys.
     
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    How Stupid, they seem to be going backwards with design, just looked at that guide, it's more difficult than trying to get into a G3 imac, Jesus Christ, how stupid, so you cant get the back cover off at all ?
     

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