How to: TAM remote disassembly

Nice

macrumors regular
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Mar 17, 2010
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Hi guys, recently I got my hands on a Twentieth Anniversary Mac, which had a non functioning remote controller in the box. Somebody left the battries in, they leaked over the years and corroded the contacts, so I needed to clean them and chceck for some other damage. Since there is no guide on the web on how to disassemble this remote, I would like to share some pics on this topic.

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The controller is held together with snaps, and they make the remote pretty hard to open. To minimize the damage on the soft plastic, use a thin and rigid plastic tool (mine was from an iPhone repair kit). You need to push the bottom piece away from the top one and pry it downwards.

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Here are the snaps located, same on the other side:

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Here are some pics of the logic board:

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Hope it will help someone :)
 

CooperBox

macrumors 65816
Nov 28, 2010
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Thanks for this. Very useful for some, although fortunately my TAM came with a serviceable remote.
With any 'new' machine I get, I usually dismantle completely to clean out any debris and especially to repaste the CPU etc. Didn't do this on the TAM though, as I'd read that with age the plastic becomes brittle with the associated risk of breakages. Performs well enough as it, so that's ok with me.:)
 

Nice

macrumors regular
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Mar 17, 2010
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Thanks! Can you post a pic of that remote?