Taking-Apart the Mac Mini (How-To Disassembly Video)

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    uh, ummm, ok, that's weird.

    Putty knife?
     
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    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!
     
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    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:
     
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    Well that was easy....

    ordering my third pary ram right now
     
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    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.
     
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    :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?
     
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    It would be cool if someone came out with a clear case for the mini!
     
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    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.
     
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    What a wholly uninteresting video.
     
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    Sardine tin!

    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!!!

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

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

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    The more I look at it the more I think this thing BEGS for LEDs
     
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    Simple:

    Mac Mini + Mac Classic + 9" LCD + a few case mods = One hell of a display piece. :D
     
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    Not really a take-apart video

    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.
     
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    (nothing to see here. Server glitch resulted in a double-posting)
     
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    [Edit....stupid macrumors time-outs] *kicks the server* :p
     
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    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.)
     
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    Off Topic but...

    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
     
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    Off Topic but...

    Try electronic component catalogues or look for a 1/4" drive security hex bits, that come in assorted sizes/types.
     
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    <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.
     
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    with apple keyboards down to $28, it's cheaper to buy a new one.
     
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    NO, NO AND A MILLION TIMES NO.

    Just, well NO.

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

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