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MacBytes
Jan 18, 2005, 04:07 PM
Category: Apple Hardware
Link: Taking-Apart the Mac Mini (How-To Disassembly Video) (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050118170749)
Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)

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Mudbug
Jan 18, 2005, 04:08 PM
uh, ummm, ok, that's weird.

Putty knife?

Nermal
Jan 18, 2005, 04:16 PM
Some of the Apple service manuals call for all sorts of interesting tools - plastic sticks included. This is the first time I've seen one for a putty knife though!

erroneous
Jan 18, 2005, 04:28 PM
That's just precious. There's us all wondering what extreme lengths Apple might have gone to in order to make the Mac mini a sealed machine, and how do you open it? You carefully prod it with a metal spatula, and waggle gently.

*falls off chair* :eek:

settledown
Jan 18, 2005, 04:30 PM
Well that was easy....

ordering my third pary ram right now

24C
Jan 18, 2005, 04:32 PM
Wow, that was easy :D I'll be putting my own memory and internal BT module when I get it. Might even look at the cost of a bigger HD, vs external FW drive.

Daveway
Jan 18, 2005, 04:32 PM
:eek: just wait to all those virgin switchers come to upgrade the ram and have to be faced with this. This looks horribly inconvienient to do. Reminiscent of when I opened up a broken 3G ipod. The prying part, you know?

Capt Underpants
Jan 18, 2005, 04:35 PM
It would be cool if someone came out with a clear case for the mini!

Mudbug
Jan 18, 2005, 04:39 PM
It would be cool if someone came out with a clear case for the mini!

oh, I imagine this will be one very hacked/modded box in the months to come. The price almost begs you to mess with it.

Chaszmyr
Jan 18, 2005, 04:42 PM
What a wholly uninteresting video.

aswitcher
Jan 18, 2005, 04:45 PM
Category: Apple Hardware
Link: Taking-Apart the Mac Mini (How-To Disassembly Video) (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050118170749)
Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)

Approved by Mudbug

They should do this with the Mission Impossible sound track in the background :D

superleccy
Jan 18, 2005, 04:49 PM
Blimey... that video really brings home how small the MacMini is... I didn't realise it was quite that small.

With those rounded edges, I think it kinda looks like a sardine tin. So, I am surprised you don't open it with one of those "key" things instead of a putty knife!!!

Regards
Superleccy

SiliconAddict
Jan 18, 2005, 04:52 PM
uh, ummm, ok, that's weird.

Putty knife?


Obviously not H.264 :D


Seriously though this is useful. Esp those who don't want to be screwed by Apple and their $425 1GB RAM upgrade. :mad:

Mr. Anderson
Jan 18, 2005, 04:55 PM
oh, I imagine this will be one very hacked/modded box in the months to come. The price almost begs you to mess with it.

True, but $500 is still $500....

What would you do to it if you had a chance?

D

SiliconAddict
Jan 18, 2005, 04:56 PM
The more I look at it the more I think this thing BEGS for LEDs

SiliconAddict
Jan 18, 2005, 04:58 PM
True, but $500 is still $500....

What would you do to it if you had a chance?

D


Simple:

Mac Mini (www.apple.com/macmini/) + Mac Classic (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4604&item=5157222107&rd=1) + 9" LCD + a few case mods = One hell of a display piece. :D

shamino
Jan 18, 2005, 04:59 PM
More like a case-opening video. But it does answer the question I've been asking for the past week, regarding how hard it is to get inside.

Opening the mini's case seems is pretty trivial, as long as you're careful not to damage the case. Which means replacing the DIMM will also be trivial.

Now, we need to see a more complete take-apart video (or at least still photos) to see how easy/hard it might be to replace/upgrade other components - the optical drive, hard drive, AirPort card and BlueTooth adapter.

shamino
Jan 18, 2005, 05:06 PM
(nothing to see here. Server glitch resulted in a double-posting)

SiliconAddict
Jan 18, 2005, 05:07 PM
[Edit....stupid macrumors time-outs] *kicks the server* :p

nagromme
Jan 18, 2005, 05:22 PM
It's nice to SEE something before you do it :) But put a cloth down under that shiny top, please!

The Mini is inconvenient to open, and that's a shame. Six good things, though:

1. No screws to lose.

2. It's a different "kind" of computer--almost an appliance in a way, and tiny--so people won't expect it to be the same as working on a tower.

3. Apple has lots of warnings to STOP the wrong people from opening their Mini.

4. It CAN be done without special obscure tools, and it's not really that hard.

5. You're working on the underside, so accidental scrapes won't bother you that much.

6. Unless you break something, you can upgrade RAM without harming your warranty :) The official word is apparently that you CAN put in RAM yourself. You just "shouldn't." A reasonable warning to the masses. (Wireless is another matter--that you may not be able to do on your own.)

I recommend 1 GB from transintl.com or eshop.macsales.com to every Mini owner. (But 512 straight from Apple, for convenience, isn't too bad either.)

TwitchOSX
Jan 18, 2005, 05:38 PM
How about fixing Mac keyboards? My keyboard that came with my Dual 800 tower got pepsi spilled in it, but I cant get the thing open. There are TINY TINY hex screws on the underside.. cant find a hex key small enough.... and then.. is it even possible to fix the keyboard by washing the insides out, then letting air dry and put back together? I did that with a keyboard at work about 3 times.. spilled massive ammounts of pepsi into it, just unplugged it, took it to bathroom, took apart, dumped pepsi out, took out the 3 inside layers that make up the "guts" of the keyboard, washed, then let air dry.. same keyboard worked perfect.. left the top of the keyboard off after the 2nd time spilling into it cuz I figured I would do it again.

Has anybody ever fixed a Mac keyboard? These were Logitec keyboards. Thanks,

TwitchOSX

24C
Jan 18, 2005, 05:49 PM
...big snip...TwitchOSX

Try electronic component catalogues or look for a 1/4" drive security hex bits, that come in assorted sizes/types.

sprescott1974
Jan 18, 2005, 05:55 PM
How about fixing Mac keyboards? My keyboard that came with my Dual 800 tower got pepsi spilled in it, but I cant get the thing open. There are TINY TINY hex screws on the underside.. cant find a hex key small enough.... and then.. is it even possible to fix the keyboard by washing the insides out, then letting air dry and put back together? I did that with a keyboard at work about 3 times.. spilled massive ammounts of pepsi into it, just unplugged it, took it to bathroom, took apart, dumped pepsi out, took out the 3 inside layers that make up the "guts" of the keyboard, washed, then let air dry.. same keyboard worked perfect.. left the top of the keyboard off after the 2nd time spilling into it cuz I figured I would do it again.

Has anybody ever fixed a Mac keyboard? These were Logitec keyboards. Thanks,

TwitchOSX

<ot>maybe with a nickname like Twitch it'd be easier to just lay off the pepsi a bit. :D </ot>

anyway this really is great news now i don't have to worry about adding any of apple's always overpriced RAM.

dashiel
Jan 18, 2005, 06:12 PM
How about fixing Mac keyboards? My keyboard that came with my Dual 800 tower got pepsi spilled in it, but I cant get the thing open. There are TINY TINY hex screws on the underside.. cant find a hex key small enough.... and then.. is it even possible to fix the keyboard by washing the insides out, then letting air dry and put back together?

with apple keyboards down to $28, it's cheaper to buy a new one.

combatcolin
Jan 18, 2005, 06:48 PM
The more I look at it the more I think this thing BEGS for LEDs

NO, NO AND A MILLION TIMES NO.

Just, well NO.

(Unless of course your being sarcastic and in that case i forgive you)

SiliconAddict
Jan 18, 2005, 07:12 PM
NO, NO AND A MILLION TIMES NO.

Just, well NO.

(Unless of course your being sarcastic and in that case i forgive you)

No I'm not talking the gaudy ones found in your standard PC mod. Something like one or two well placed ones on the bottom. You don't need to have it scream LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME. Just something subtle. A technique lost on A LOT of PC modders. Maybe a muted white light like the little light on the side of i/powerbooks? In fact the slots on the bottem of the mini look perfect for a couple of well placed LEDs. You'd have to play around to get the right effect but I think it could work without being ugly.

nagromme
Jan 18, 2005, 07:12 PM
While on the subject of ugly computers... I have to get this off my chest.

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0003T22VS.01-A1JW753ATTVZXE._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

My eyes! That's $1800+ at Amazon.

(For the record, I enjoy customized and decorated PCs and Macs though. I may not like how most of them look, but I think it's cool that people do it! I respect personalization. LEDs, you name it... it's all good. The weirder the better--just not on my desk please :) )

TwitchOSX
Jan 18, 2005, 07:39 PM
with apple keyboards down to $28, it's cheaper to buy a new one.


No... its CHEAPER for me to fix it myself. Cuz it costs nothing.. or a little (price of small hex key).. if its possible. But last time I checked, Apple Pro keyboards cost like $80! Way too expensive.. actually, my first keyboard, I spilled pepsi into.. then I borrowed one from work.. that we didnt need at the time, and spilled Vodka into that a couple days ago.. so Im without keyboard at home right now which sucks.

Close to buying a $24 Microsoft keyboard....

TwitchOSX

TwitchOSX
Jan 18, 2005, 07:43 PM
$29.00 from apple store.. thats awesome. I was dreading plopping down $80 for a keyboard to replace the keyboard at work AND to replace mine.. but I would have probably just got the MS keyboard for myself and the apple one for work, but at least now, I can buy 2... one for work and one for home.

settledown
Jan 18, 2005, 07:55 PM
Twitch...

Maybe you should consider a liquidproof keyboard...

something like THIS (http://www.dealsonic.com/kbfolwatkeyp1.html)

Capt Underpants
Jan 18, 2005, 08:08 PM
Twitch...

Maybe you should consider a liquidproof keyboard...

something like THIS (http://www.dealsonic.com/kbfolwatkeyp1.html)

Those keyboards couldn't be any more uncomfortable to type on...

nagromme
Jan 18, 2005, 08:10 PM
No need for that keyboard to go to waste and sit in a landfill, Twitch--I think you're right that it could be washed and dried, you just need to shop for the right hex driver. (I ended up getting a whole set of them just to get one size--but it was only $8 and the others have proved useful too.)

You COULD even try soaking it, draining it out, and soaking again--without opening it even--until the mess is out. But if you try that, I'd be sure to dry it VERY well. As in, for a couple of weeks, using a hairdryer at the beginning and end. Water could be hiding anywhere and cause a problem.

areyouwishing
Jan 18, 2005, 08:39 PM
I want the top Apple logo to light ala Powerbooks/ibooks.

Apple's kbase has something on it not being able to do so, but i still want it.

azdude
Jan 18, 2005, 09:22 PM
No I'm not talking the gaudy ones found in your standard PC mod. Something like one or two well placed ones on the bottom. You don't need to have it scream LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME. Just something subtle. A technique lost on A LOT of PC modders. Maybe a muted white light like the little light on the side of i/powerbooks? In fact the slots on the bottem of the mini look perfect for a couple of well placed LEDs. You'd have to play around to get the right effect but I think it could work without being ugly.

Not that I'm a pro-LED-mod guy or anything, but...

It'd be cool to make it look like a giant PowerMate. :D... Stick blue LEDs into the cooling holes around the bottom-side perimeter of the device.

Chip NoVaMac
Jan 18, 2005, 10:23 PM
Not that I'm a pro-LED-mod guy or anything, but...

It'd be cool to make it look like a giant PowerMate. :D... Stick blue LEDs into the cooling holes around the bottom-side perimeter of the device.

That would be so cool with all of my neon art in my "office". :)

iJon
Jan 18, 2005, 11:38 PM
Someone is going to be in big trouble for doing that. Someone at Apple must be pissed.

jon

24C
Jan 19, 2005, 08:33 AM
Twitch...Maybe you should consider a liquidproof keyboard...something like THIS (http://www.dealsonic.com/kbfolwatkeyp1.html)

OT So that's why it rolls up,is that so you can wring it dry :confused:
Seriously, every time we get liquid stuff on keyboards, cameras in the sea, phones in bath, mobiles left in the rain...pull out the batteries/disconnect the power, just soak in distilled/deionised water, swill it round and let air dry...normally works for me.

shamino
Jan 19, 2005, 08:56 AM
How about fixing Mac keyboards? My keyboard that came with my Dual 800 tower got pepsi spilled in it, but I cant get the thing open. There are TINY TINY hex screws on the underside.. cant find a hex key small enough.... and then.. is it even possible to fix the keyboard by washing the insides out, then letting air dry and put back together?
I've read a few web pages (http://www.sterpin.net/uk/prokeyboarduk.htm) that describe this (One in French (http://www.sterpin.net/clavierusb.htm)). But it's going to be a lot of work. There are a lot of small parts, and it's easy to strip the screws.

Personally, unless this is something you think you're going to have to do a lot, you may be better off just buying a new keyboard. Apple just lowered their price to $30, so you need to ask yourself if your time and aggravation are worth $30 or not.

WRT the screws themselves, do some web searching. You should be able to find them. I needed to do that in order to get a set of tiny Torx screwdrivers, in order to replace the screen on my Palm m515. A quick Google search found one site selling a 0.05" hex driver, which might be the size you need. A little more searching should produce somebody selling a set of assorted small sizes.

SiliconAddict
Jan 19, 2005, 02:30 PM
Not that I'm a pro-LED-mod guy or anything, but...

It'd be cool to make it look like a giant PowerMate. :D... Stick blue LEDs into the cooling holes around the bottom-side perimeter of the device.


Well you would definitely need something to defuse the light otherwise it would be patchy and look like crap. Hmmm. :confused:

shamino
Jan 19, 2005, 02:59 PM
Well you would definitely need something to defuse the light otherwise it would be patchy and look like crap. Hmmm. :confused:
Don't use LEDs. Lightsheet (http://www.culttvman.com/lighting__light_sheet.html) would probably work better. The stuff can be cut and fitted to just about anything, with the entire surface lighting up uniformly. For a Mac mini glow, affix a 6" square sheet to the bottom (after cutting away any holes necessary for ventillation) and attach power. You'll get a nice uniform colored glow from the entire lower surface.

Alternatively, a few loops of electroluminescent string (http://shopping.netsuite.com/coolight) would also look pretty good.

Rod Rod
Jan 27, 2005, 01:32 AM
Has anybody ever fixed a Mac keyboard?

Yup... I followed the instructions here:

http://www.technology.niagarac.on.ca/people/bgracey/prokeyboardrepair.html

On topic... I have my Mac mini and a 1GB PC2700 DIMM.. and I'm wondering whether to install it myself or go to Mac Specialist. I suppose I'll look in the kitchen for a putty knife or similar flat spatula.