A1283 Early and Late 2009 - heat issues?

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  1. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

    adam9c1

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    I have acquired two 2009 models.
    1x 2.0 Early
    1x 2.53 Late (this one will house 2 hard drives)

    Any issues with cooling on these units?
    I will be adding rubber spacers on the bottom to raise the rubber flooring from the surface.
     
  2. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    I used a late 2009 from the day they came out until 2013, it ran 24/7 and never once let me down.
    I never noticed any heat issues, but I was was diligent about keeping it clean.
    Opened it up and blew the dust out twice a year.
    And BTW this mini is still serving daily duty for a friend of mine.
     
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    There is no point to the 2009's to put rubber feat on them. The bottom air holes are off to the side and get plenty of air and they vent out the back unlike the 2010+. Although I would say after owning 4 different 2010+ Mini's I don't think the feet are warranted on those either, but they are certainly not necessary on a 2009.
     
  4. grcar, Jul 24, 2015
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    Curious how you opened it up so often as the infamous putty knife maneuver is tricky.

    I disagree about not raising it on rubber feet. The bottom gets most hot so allowing external air flow to cool it will remove heat.

    People including me used to place the minis on LaCie stackable drives which did cause the minis to overheat. The screen gets all full of zigzags but the mini seems to be unharmed. Just turn it off to cool and reboot.
     
  5. adam9c1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I was actually planning on making a dummy stack. I have a empty shell from old mini. And was gonna put 3.5 HD as TM, connected via USB.
     
  6. grcar, Jul 24, 2015
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    Not sure what this will look like. My only advice is not to put the mini on something that will block airflow to the vents or that will generate its own heat.
     
  7. jbarley, Jul 24, 2015
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    I never had any problems opening the mini using the putty knife, the first time I'll admit the crackling noise of the clips releasing was a bit startling, but after that it was a piece of cake.
    Also, I'm not saying it was totally necessary to open it and clean it as often, this was just my way of doing things,
     

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