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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:44 pm    Post subject: I7 and optical Reply with quote

So after looking at the teardown of the i7 mini, it's looking a lot like the older model. Does anyone think it's the same enough to pull the i7 logic board and swap it into my existing mini with SuperDrive, and put the old board into the new disc-less case?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does that make any sense?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes sense to me. I'd love the upgraded CPU in a 2010 Mini optical drive case.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not just put it in an external case and be done with it? I can't remember the last time I needed to use optical media other than to watch a movie on my TV. I use my DVD player for that. I like the idea of modular functionality. After all, wasn't that kind of the purpose of a mini; otherwise, wouldn't we just buy iMacs? The new mini just takes this concept a bit further. Heck we are soon going to have the capability to have a modular thunderbolt accessory to hold a full size PCIe video card. It seems like the modular concept I always thought would arise as a design paradigm.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simply because you do not use your optical drive on a routine basis, does not mean that others do not.

Why should I have to add something that should have been there in the first place?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure this swap is possible. I looked at the 2010 and the 2011 snapshots on iFixit and the boards are definitely different with regard to the connectors. Proceed at your own risk....

2010:
http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/dfpJTrwGPPc5kTBm.huge

2011:
http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/EZIUXBTdgRa3QANK.huge
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well for the curious this did not work out. the new i7 logic board has many components that intrude into the space required for the optical drive. too bad...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the update. I can see you reasoning behind want to do this.

Btw this certainly isn't the place to condem people for wanting to mod their minis Smile. This is one of the more logical requests.

That being said, you can set up drive sharing if you want to share the optical drive from your older mini (likely you already knew that). The other option you can entertain is purchasing the Apple SuperDrive.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoundFX wrote:
well for the curious this did not work out. the new i7 logic board has many components that intrude into the space required for the optical drive. too bad...

Bummer !! Sad Sad
I just had the same idea and ordered a Mac Mini 2010 case 4 weeks ago...
It would have been sooo simple if only Apple had offered a BTO with an optical drive...
Or if somebody provided some external case with a Superdrive, 3.5" hard drive, all in a footprint compatible with the 2010/2011 Mac Mini...
Especially since we can now (almost) read Blu-ray disks on the Mac...
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