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Video: Disassembly of Intel-based Mac mini
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:35 am    Post subject: Thermal disaster on the way? Reply with quote

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I have opened my brand new MacMini core duo for the third time in order to upgrade RAM from mediocre 512 MB to 2 Gigs. The first RAM was send by mistake - it was DIMM (as specified on Apple Homepage). Closing the Mac and waiting for the exchange against SDO. I was asking my German dealer not to ship ´stacked´ RAM but actually they did not know what that means. Does it mean ´singele sided´ they asked? In the mean time, I suppose both is equivalent. However, the SDO RAM (double sided!) fit into the MacMini and I started up the whole thing again. Great performance upgrade.

Evil or Very Mad After about 60 Minutes the whole thing got weired: Sporadic reboots and finally hang-ups happened more and more frequently. The Mac was getting quite hot (the fan is still running though!). Finally I had to open the Mac one more time. I did not breathe like the guy from the video by the first time - but this time I really did. Moreover, the MacMini does not look like right out of the box anymore. One more thing: beware the flat cable connecting the drives to the motherboard. If you accidently remove it, pull the clamp, put it in again and tight up the clamp. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Thermal disaster on the way? Reply with quote

agruenebaum wrote:
The Mac was getting quite hot (the fan is still running though!).

It sounds like you forgot to reconnect the cable in the front by the battery. If you don't connect that cable back together, the fan will always be on. I don't know if that was part of the issue, but let us know if it was.
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