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[Note that I am a sysadmin, but this seemed more like a question for superuser than for serverfault].

I have a Apple iMac Intel (Early 2008) and can not insert a Cat-5 cable into the ethernet jack. [I recall that, when we initially set up these sorts of computers, I had to force the cable in on some of them.]

Upon inspection, it appears that there are two springs inside the port that physically block access for inserting the cable. I compared against another unit of the same type, and the springs were not blocking the cable there. I can move one of the springs with a small screwdriver bit, but haven't been able to keep them out of the way.

And yes, the computer is off warranty.

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I fiddled with the screwdriver some more and was able to get the springs out of the way and insert the cable. – Clinton Blackmore Nov 4 '09 at 18:33
Would you please either post that as an answer or delete the question? This will show up in "unanswered questions" forever, left as-is. – Pops Nov 5 '09 at 3:56
Okay, I've put this as the answer to the question. – Clinton Blackmore Nov 10 '09 at 17:25
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Well, it doesn't look like there are any other answers, so:

Fiddling with the screw driver some more, I was able to get the springs out of the way long enough to get a network cable in.

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