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Bandit Bill
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MJL's solution wasn't designed to be elegant.

I can see it being useful in many environments where esthetics aren't important and the environment is less than ideal for a computer ie woodworking shop

It's a heck of a lot better than buying and cleaning computers.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:30 pm    Post subject: Improving airflow Reply with quote

I am under the definite impression that the airflow in the unibody Mac mini (2010 and 2011 mopdels) is restricted by the narrow gap around the base. I added some holes in the plastic base and now the airflow at the exhaust is quite noticeable (hardly before).

For a pic see: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=13639289&highlight=#post13639289

I am now more comfortable of being able to prevent run-away temperatures when upgrading to the 2011 server ( I think the mid model with either i5 or i7 + discrete GPU generates even more heat than the server ) while running Windows 7.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok thats not my point the machine has a rear fan it pulls hot air out of the mac mini and blows it out the back it doesn't get any air from the bottom panel that's bull because my mac mini seals tight with a seal around the bottom cover so again what vent on the bottom
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
...that's bull because my mac mini seals tight with a seal around the bottom cover so again what vent on the bottom

Mac Mini 2011 User Manual, it's in your computer's box:
http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/mac_mini_mid2011_ug.pdf
From page 11:
Important: Cooling air enters your Mac mini through the gap around the bottom cover and exits through the vent on the back. Donít place your Mac mini on a soft surface (such as a blanket or deep carpet) that interferes with airflow around the bottom cover, and donít block the back vent.
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