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Has any one managed to re-attach the stand after using the VESA adaptor?

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May 6, 2011 4:54 AM

I have just bought a 27-inch replacement for my 24 inch LED display and wanted to swap them over, using the 24" as an external for my MacBook Pro. The 24" was wall mounted and I had a VESA adaptor fitted. I took the 24" off and replaced with the 27" (looks great), but now I am unable to re-attach the 24" stand in a usable manner. The arm, which you are required to pull out and lock when you fit the adaptor, will not return into the back of the monitor: it remains locked and I have been unable to unlock it. The screen is therefore stuck in a fully forward position, meaning the only way I can use it is by kneeling on the floor in front of the desk. Not ideal.


Has anyone managed to successfully re-fit the stand to an LED Cinema Display, and if so was there a "trick" to it?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • john piscitello\'s alias Calculating status...

    I'm having the same problem. I've undone the latch to do the vesa kit; decidd not to do it right now, now the cinema display is stuck in the forward position. Can't undo it. No instructions available from Apple. Any ideas how to get it back into the correct position?

  • John Heard1 Calculating status...

    I figured this one out by finding a discussion on an iMac thread. While the monitor is laying flat apply slight downward pressure to the stand then insert the card. This will help you unlock the latch.

  • WMFJ Calculating status...

    I've found the locking latch tends to be much higher than I think it would be.

    Come upwards at a steeper angle with the card and see if that helps.


    I always end up fighting with it for 20 minutes or more before I get it.

  • objec Calculating status...

    I had this problem yesterday and like most wasted quite a bit of time and frustration trying to solve this little puzzle. Catching the level was quite an ordeal. Here's what worked for me:


    1) Put the iMac face down on a table - protect the screen with a towel, etc.

    2) With the card included with the VESA kit, in portrait (not landscape) orientation bend the top about 45 degrees about 1/4" from the end of the card.

    3) Push the stand all the way down (towards the floor).

    4) Insert the card in the center of the gap right above the top of the stand. Insert such that the top of the card, which you bent 45degrees goes towards the top of the iMac, not the face, which is against the table at this point. The card only needs to go in about 1 inch. I didn't hear a click that others report, and it is hard to tell if you've hit the lever.

    5) Once you think you've got it, pull the stand towards away from the floor gently. It will require virtually no force, once you've got the lever out of the way with the card.


    The trick for me was to bend the top of the card. Without this, I kept pushing the card into  the back of the iMac doing who knows what to the inside. The card only needs to go in about 1 inch.

  • jmarshal Calculating status...

    Thanks for the instructions on how to fix it.  After re-attaching the stand, I was able to insert the card at a high angle and get the stand back in the correct position.


    But now my screen will rotate very far backwards and forwards.  If I rotate it backwards, it will lock into the VESA attachment position again.  So something still isn't right.


    This is the worst Apple product design I've ever seen.  I would go so far as to call it a defective product.


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