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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:37 pm    Post subject: Using a chill pad Reply with quote

I currently have my 2011 mini supported on each corner by
rubber corks, which give a clearance of about 1 & 1/8 inches.
The corks sit on a laptop chill pad, so that one of the fans is
directly below the center of the mini. I can at will turn the chill
pad on or off. I have gone much too long without updating macports.
Updating macports will cause my mini's temperature to rise considerably,
as much as to 180 F or 80 C. I am hoping that the chill pad will
keep the temperature lower.

Could I expect the chilling effect to be greater if I removed the rubber
corks so that the mini sits directly on the fan, or perhaps supporting
the mini on something that lowered the clearance to just a fraction of
an inch?

Any comments are welcome.
thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

timinak: excuse my ignorance, but what do you mean by "updating macports"?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mooblie wrote:
timinak: excuse my ignorance, but what do you mean by "updating macports"?

Of course you are excused Very Happy . See http://www.macports.org/

Port installations and upgrades are compiled. That generates a lot of
heat. Thanks for the interest.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah! Thanks for the info timinak.

Sorry I can't help with the cooling issue, except to say that I stand my 2009 mini on an empty CD jewel case, just to give a few extra millimeters clearance round the cooling intakes - although I don't have (and never have had) a temperature issue.
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mooblie wrote:
Ah! Thanks for the info timinak.

Sorry I can't help with the cooling issue, except to say that I stand my 2009 mini on an empty CD jewel case, just to give a few extra millimeters clearance round the cooling intakes - although I don't have (and never have had) a temperature issue.

I have done a complete upgrade with macports .... prior I posed a similar question regarding temperature to the macports mailing list and as it turned out, there were several mini users who stated that temps of 180-190 weren't unusual under heavy loads and weren't a cause for alarm. Other posts indicated that the mac mini is constructed to shut itself down if temps get too high. With the chillpad running, and at the max under heavy load, I did see it get up to 180 F. Since then, I have been running the updates weekly to keep activity down and I turn on the chill pad when doing so, but I don't think I would need it.
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