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nylon
Jan 18, 2005, 11:27 PM
I have a 700kb video on how to diassemble a Mac mini. Use quicktime to play.

Mac Mini Disassembly Video (http://individual.utoronto.ca/kkapoor/macmini.mp4)

atari1356
Jan 19, 2005, 12:11 AM
Doesn't look too difficult... kind of annoying that you have to use a putty knife though. I'd be afraid of scratching the bottom up. :o

nylon
Jan 19, 2005, 12:30 AM
Doesn't look too difficult... kind of annoying that you have to use a putty knife though. I'd be afraid of scratching the bottom up. :o

I'm sure you will be able to use other tools to open the case that would be less damaging, however, putty knives are pretty flexible so I don't think they would be that damaging.

I'm just happy to finally get confirmation that the case will be easy to open. I'm planning to put in one of those 60GB 7200 rpm laptop drives from Hitachi and a gig of RAM.

IDANNY
Jan 19, 2005, 12:38 AM
Wow I cant believe you did that to your new mini. Thanks for showing ouse how its done.

Faraday
Jan 19, 2005, 02:35 AM
I'm guessing this is an apple internal video from service source, showing Apple techs how to crack the case open.

The apple logo, the professional look, and the captions all tell me this ...

Platform
Jan 19, 2005, 03:17 AM
I'm guessing this is an apple internal video from service source, showing Apple techs how to crack the case open.

The apple logo, the professional look, and the captions all tell me this ...

Well then now Apple pro's has shown us how to save about $200 on the gig of RAM and maby a new drive, and maby even other mods :D

Macmaniac
Jan 19, 2005, 06:24 AM
From a technicians point of view that is the stupidest way to service the mini. I can't understand why Apple did not make this thing easily serviceable, using a putty knife to open your computer is poor design. They should have put 4 captured screws on the bottom and then the whole assembly would lift out, that would have been much better.

lind0834
Jan 19, 2005, 07:40 AM
By forcing the user to use more than just a standard screw driver to open the Mac it will make the very casual computer user hesitant to open up the machine.. probably taking it into a Mac Store for service (upgrade). Thus forcing them to look at iBooks and new iPods.. and they have to pay a small fee to the Service Guys.

I'd say it was a good move to keep it upgradable, but not for the faint of heart.

gwuMACaddict
Jan 19, 2005, 07:51 AM
cracks me up how quickly people dissasemble these thing and post pics/videos :rolleyes: :D

gmanrique
Jan 19, 2005, 10:25 AM
is that it is faster to open it that way than un-screwing the 4 suggested screws.

I know it needs practice, but still that was very simple.

j-traxx
Jan 19, 2005, 05:13 PM
the video isnt working fr me :(

saunders45
Jan 19, 2005, 05:54 PM
Right click and save to your HD. Make sure to not append with .txt extension. Then Open in QT.

iPC
Jan 19, 2005, 09:41 PM
Very cool beans! :D

sorryiwasdreami
Jan 19, 2005, 09:51 PM
Nice. It doesn't seem as hard as I imagined it to be. I replaced an iPod battery and that sucker was pretty tough to crack open, but I managed. This seems like the same concept, with the prying and soforth.

I hope to put in 1GB ram for the Mac Mini I'm buying my mom. Does anyone know if the 256mb that comes standard is soldered on the board like the iBook G4s?

Yvan256
Jan 19, 2005, 10:30 PM
I'm sure you will be able to use other tools to open the case that would be less damaging, however, putty knives are pretty flexible so I don't think they would be that damaging.

I'm just happy to finally get confirmation that the case will be easy to open. I'm planning to put in one of those 60GB 7200 rpm laptop drives from Hitachi and a gig of RAM.

Fine for the 1GB of RAM, but won't the 7200 RPM drive exceed the Mac mini's cooling capacities?

And if you can afford a stick of 1GB RAM and a 60GB 7200 RPM drive... wouldn't it be about the same price to get the iMac G5? ;)

Yvan256
Jan 19, 2005, 10:32 PM
Nice. It doesn't seem as hard as I imagined it to be. I replaced an iPod battery and that sucker was pretty tough to crack open, but I managed. This seems like the same concept, with the prying and soforth.

I hope to put in 1GB ram for the Mac Mini I'm buying my mom. Does anyone know if the 256mb that comes standard is soldered on the board like the iBook G4s?

There's only 1 memory slot in the Mac mini. That 1GB module is expensive. :eek:

BanditBill
Jan 20, 2005, 10:17 PM
wouldn't it be about the same price to get the iMac G5? ;)

Why compare the Mac Mini to the iMac? It's not the same machine. It would be
more practical to compare upgrading a base level iMac to the a level near an available upper model.

I don't like the look of the iMac, the built in monitor, the slot load on the side, the non-adjustable height of the screen, iLife 04, paying for Apple keyboard and mouse. An iMac doesn't work so well in a "Home Theater" system.

I bought the Mac Mini for "my" reasons. I'll likely be purchasing a large LCD monitor and still using the LCD in 5 years with a future Mac system.

jmk
Jan 22, 2005, 09:40 PM
I'm guessing this is an apple internal video from service source, showing Apple techs how to crack the case open.

The apple logo, the professional look, and the captions all tell me this ...

The fact that it mentions using a "putty knife" makes me suspect someone had too much time on their hands and put the captions and apple logo there. I could be wrong though. I'd guess the Apple store has a tool from Apple.

nylon
Jan 23, 2005, 01:21 AM
Fine for the 1GB of RAM, but won't the 7200 RPM drive exceed the Mac mini's cooling capacities?

And if you can afford a stick of 1GB RAM and a 60GB 7200 RPM drive... wouldn't it be about the same price to get the iMac G5? ;)

The 7200 RPM does not produce any extra heat then the 4200 RPM drive. Nor does it use any more power. There are plenty of benchmarks of the Hitachi 7k60 which demonstrate this.

Secondly confiiguring the Mini the way I want it wouldn't even bring it close to the cost of the iMac G5. And yet upgrading those two components would do wonders for the speed of the Mini.

Just my two cents.

merman637
Jan 24, 2005, 12:59 PM
The fact that it mentions using a "putty knife" makes me suspect someone had too much time on their hands and put the captions and apple logo there. I could be wrong though. I'd guess the Apple store has a tool from Apple.

They do in fact have a tool for this. Direct from apple. Its a red putty knife that has a beveled edge. Pretty technical. Why cant you believe that it is an actual video made by apple? I mean after all, a putty knife IS a tool, and it's not like the only tools that techs use is screwdrivers and wire cutters. You'd be amazed at some of the stuff we used when working on dells at the electronics store that I worked at....
What tool would you suggest, we use? a special tool that costs $50? When a putty knife works just as well? not hardly.
Merman637