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How do you safely attach the VESA adapter?

416 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 12, 2013 5:30 PM by RobbGM3 RSS
Andy Hurwitz Calculating status...
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Sep 14, 2012 6:38 AM

Here's the answer:  Use a fork.  Seriously.  Many posts about the difficulty in fully attaching the flange to the VESA adapter b/c there is minimal clearance.  So here is the trick:  once you attach the flange to the Tb mount with the 8 torx screws, push down (towards the bottom of the display) to rotate the mount a bit further.  This will give you a small amount of clearance.  Insert a fork into the opening (see attached photo) so it is perpendicular to the VESA mount (and does not impede the rubber striops from touching the Tb display.  Now, there shoudl be sufficient clearnace for the two end bolts to mount the adapter to the flange.  Continue as described....VESApic.JPG

MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4), with Thunderbolt display
  • RobbGM3 Calculating status...
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    Feb 12, 2013 5:30 PM (in response to Andy Hurwitz)

    This will work, though if you are queasy about using a metal fork, you may also use three credit cards:


    Same as with the fork method, install the flange, then pull it and the internal mount down further with your fingers/hands, thus pulling the mount and flange out of the display just enough to be the right height for the side screws to line up properly. Slip 3 credit cards, horizontally and parallel to the flange, into the space created in the top to keep the tension and the extension.  Then, put the VESA mount overtop the flange and the credit cards and everything will line up properly. Screw in side screws and center top screw. Slip fingers in the sides and under the installed mount and wiggle out the credit cards - which is fairly easy because the mount now holds the tension. This crucial step is not listed in the adapter instructions and it is absolutely critical.  Documentation fail - but thanks for the support community for filling in the all important blank.


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