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Mac mini Mid 2011 Antenna Plate Replacement

Removing the perforated steel antenna plate.

Use this guide to replace the antenna plate that serves as a mount for the antenna as well as the hard drive.

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Schritt 1 Antenna Plate  ¶ 

Remove the following screws securing the antenna plate to the mini:

Schritt 1 Antenna Plate  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the antenna plate to the mini:

  • Two 6.6 mm T8 Torx screws

  • Two 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screws (either screwdriver will work)

  • When putting back together:

  • It can be difficult to get the hard drive seated correctly such that the antenna plate fits in place correctly. If the screw holes don't line up with those on the hard drive, make sure that the two pins that are in the back of the hard drive are properly seated in the holes at the back of the case, above the housing for the second hard drive.

  • The antenna attaches directly to the hard drive (red markers), therefore attaching the antenna can move the hard drive around and loosen the connection of the hard drive cable to the logic board.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

Slightly lift the antenna plate from the end closest to the RAM. Carefully pull the antenna plate away from the circular rim of the outer case.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

  • Slightly lift the antenna plate from the end closest to the RAM.

  • Carefully pull the antenna plate away from the circular rim of the outer case.

  • Do not remove the antenna plate yet. It is still attached to the AirPort/ Bluetooth board.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to carefully pry the antenna connector up from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully pry the antenna connector up from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

Remove the antenna plate from the mini.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the antenna plate from the mini.