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August 9th, 2011, 12:22 PM
How do you take a imac apart to get to the dvd-r uj 875 to replace it?
August 9th, 2011, 02:39 PM
That will depend on which iMac you have.
There's approximately 8 different generations of iMacs, each with major differences for disassembly and replacement of parts.
So - describe your iMac with as much detail as you can provide. The best is to open your System Profiler, and give us the Model Identifier, which is on the Hardware Overview in System Profiler, such as iMac6,2 - or whatever is listed for your iMac.
August 9th, 2011, 06:32 PM
I don't know how to reach the components to replace the dvd drve. The drive is the only problem i've ever had with mac products. I've owned mack laptops and a mac mini which all are still working today and i have passed them down to other family members less fortunate than me. I want to replace it because i have limited shelf space to store an external drive.
August 9th, 2011, 06:33 PM
Oops !! I forgot to mention it is imac 8,1 model.
August 9th, 2011, 09:36 PM
Take a look at your iMac model iFixIt (http://www.ifixit.com/Browse/iMac_Intel). They should have a guide on how to take it apart.
August 9th, 2011, 10:19 PM
That info about your iMac model helps a lot.
It's pretty easy to get inside your iMac (Early 2008) model.
Remove the small panel on the bottom edge, where the RAM is installed
The front glass needs to be pulled off. Apple uses suction cups to grab the glass. It's held in by magnets. Then, you'll see 10 or 12 torx screws to remove around the edge of the LCD panel. Remove those, then you can pull the complete front bexel off.
8 more torx screws holding the LCD panel, then you can remove that panel. Careful of the various wires that you have to disconnect during the process. Some of the connectors are behind the LCD panel.
Once those parts are out of the way, you'll see the DVD burner, held in by 4 more screws.
You do need to be really careful of the glass, and don't raise any dust while you have that apart - any dust and lint will be drawn like a magnet to the inside surfaces of the display. Also, don't touch any visible part of the display with your bare hands. Fingerprints inside the display get really annoying.