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Help! Ifixit HD replacement guide says 2 display cables, I have 3

I purchased an iFixit kit to replace the hard drive on my 2014 iMac 21.5” model 2805. I got to the point where one needs to unplug two display assembly cables : the display data cable and the display power cable. Which I did as instructed, but then realised there is a third cable between the board and the display. I don't know what it is and it doesn't seem to want to come out easily. I don't want to damage anything. The one that is still attached is on the far right. I have a picture but can't figure out how to attach it here. Thanks in advance!

Update (12/19/2021)

Here I hope is the picture of my computer's internals

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Basically you go into edit mode and a ribbon will be visible along the top edge of the text window the right rectangle icon opens the images store where you can =post it and then one one step to paste it into your text window.


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I think you’ve got the iSight camera cable confused with the two display cables. Review step 27 in this guide iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2805 iSight Camera and Microphone Cable Replacement You don’t need to touch this cable when you take the display off

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Thanks, Dan. I realized the same thing after writing my first message… now I have to put the iSight cable back into its socket, sigh…

I am having trouble removing the cable that has the retaining clasp, latter doesn’t move well but I will try again today.


@annmacl - Review Steps 19 & 20 in the guide I posted maybe that will help. Don't force! as you can damage things very easily.


@danj Thanks, Dan. I realized the same thing after writing my first message… It was probably because I also consulted the OWC video on the same replacement job but it evidently depicted another type of logic board.

Here is what mine looks like. There are three cables, the outside one (closest to edge) was easy to remove, I assume that's the display data cable. The one in the middle must be the iSight cable, it is not connected to the display. The one on the right is the one that I am having trouble removing. I assume it is the display power cable. I can’t find a tab to lift up to get it out. Maybe I am doing something wrong?

I managed to put the iSight cable back into its socket, sigh…


@annmacl - Click on this Blue link Step 20 - Display power cable Review the images.


@danj. I reviewed the steps in your guide several times and tried to pull the display power cable out. But it doesn't come. And it does not look quite like the one in your picture. That's why I tried to post a picture, as poor quality as it is. Shouldn't it just come out fairly easily?


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