Video: How to disassemble a Mac mini

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by nylon, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2004
  2. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    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. :eek:
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2004
    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.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2003
    Las vegas
    Wow I cant believe you did that to your new mini. Thanks for showing ouse how its done.
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2004
    Melbourne Australia
    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 ...
  6. macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    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
  7. macrumors 68040


    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.
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2003
    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.
  9. macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    cracks me up how quickly people dissasemble these thing and post pics/videos :rolleyes: :D
  10. macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2003
    Ottawa, Canada
    the funny thing about the "stupid design"...

    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.
  11. macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2005
    South Dakota, USA
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2004
    Right click and save to your HD. Make sure to not append with .txt extension. Then Open in QT.
  13. iPC
    macrumors 6502


    Jul 22, 2003
    East Windsor, CT
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2004
    way out in the sticks
    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?
  15. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    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? ;)
  16. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    There's only 1 memory slot in the Mac mini. That 1GB module is expensive. :eek:
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2004
    Why compare

    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.
  18. jmk
    macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2005
    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.
  19. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2004
    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.
  20. macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Oklahoma City, Ok
    New Tool

    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.

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