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Johan
post Feb 24 2013, 12:34 PM
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Hi,

I just bought my first Cube. I had just replaced the hard drive and put back the core in the enclosure. But the computer didn't start up so I'd pull out the core again. But it is impossible, it is stuck. The core does not move the slightest.

I've Googled, searched among the threads here and I have read the FAQ.

But nothing works. I've been trying for hours now with butter knifes and other stuff.

Iím starting to believe that the locking mechanism is broken or hangs.

Does anyone have any suggestions.

Thanks in advance,

Johan
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post Feb 24 2013, 06:51 PM
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QUOTE(Johan @ Feb 24 2013, 04:34 PM) *
I've been trying for hours now with butter knifes and other stuff.

Iím starting to believe that the locking mechanism is broken or hangs.

Does anyone have any suggestions.



Does the handle move properly? E.g. you press the handle in and it slides out (up)?
I had an issue where my handle once pressed in wouldn't come out smoothly and you had to tug it a bit, turned out a screw had dropped into the mechanism, eventually I just had to yank and hope for the best. Was successful but broke the Airport card bracket.


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post Feb 25 2013, 03:01 PM
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At last, success! It just took two days smile.gif

I started googling pictures of disassembled cubes to try to understand how the locking mechanism works.

If anyone else has the same problem, this is how I did it:

Find a tool shaped like this.
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Put it between the plastic grid. You will destroy the thin metal net on the inside.
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Turn the tool while pulling the handle on the core.
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This is the spot you want to hit with the tool.
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I was close to use power tools on the damn thing smile.gif

But now it works properly again and it is wonderfully quiet with an SSD inside!


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post Feb 26 2013, 10:17 AM
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Good tip Johan.

Did you find out what caused the lock up?
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post Feb 26 2013, 01:07 PM
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What a great, great tip; but it does speak for Apple's form over function; something that has got worse with time, not better.

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