About how much should I repair to pay for this repair?

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  1. MmmPancakes macrumors 6502

    MmmPancakes

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    I have a 2009 Mac Mini. I recently upgraded the RAM, and while I was working in the Mini, the Bluetooth antenna cable became detached. I've tried to reconnect it, but the Bluetooth no longer works in the device. This is the extent of my knowledge of the problem.

    Unfortunately, the warranty expired a few weeks ago, and regardless of that, I'm the one who hosed it so it's my burden to bear.

    One local Mac repair shop here in Austin quoted me "about" $40 plus parts (if necessary) to repair it.

    Is that about right? Any former geniuses here know about how much Apple would charge for this out-of-warranty fix?

    I will call Apple -- but I want to be prepared, which is why I'm polling this trusted community.
     
  2. Benjamins macrumors 6502a

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    personally I would use that $40 to buy a small bluetooth dongle.... and few cups of starbucks.
     
  3. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This has crossed my mind. I wonder if I'm OCD, though. The thought of that cable being detached, or not having functionality native to the Mini, drives me bonkers. I haven't ruled out a dongle, though.
     
  4. thejadedmonkey, Mar 29, 2011
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    thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    $40 sounds about right for labor. The little mini can be a pain to work on. Alternatively, you could try replacing it yourself. Chances are, the bluetooth works fine, and is just disconnected.
     
  5. MmmPancakes, Mar 29, 2011
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    MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just now took it apart and saw that it was disconnected. I attached it, but the BT still doesn't work. I probably didn't attach it to the right connection, or something else is amiss. I'm kind of tired of messing with it, and would rather a pro work on it at this point.
     
  6. Snesley Wipes macrumors regular

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    Try resetting the system management controller first (smc).
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Resetting SMC will not have any effect on a hardware problem. Did you even read the OP's post? Or did you read it and you simply have no idea what you're talking about?
     
  8. Snesley Wipes, May 9, 2011
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    Snesley Wipes macrumors regular

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    This EXACT same thing happened to me! I disconnected my bluetooth, keyboard, and wireless and none of them worked when reconnected until I did a SMC reset.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    From the link I posted on resetting the SMC:
    See bluetooth mentioned?

    Nowhere on Apple's site will you find resetting the SMC related to bluetooth issues. There are many who think that resetting PRAM/NVRAM, or resetting the SMC or repairing permissions are cure-alls that can fix any issue, but these things have very specific functions and purposes. There is a right time to use each one.

    Just because you may have reset the SMC at the same time your symptoms went away doesn't mean they're related. The reboot required may have done the job. Resetting the SMC does not relate to bluetooth issues, despite many who throw it out as a fix, not understanding what it does. Also, if you took the time to read the original post, you'll see the OP's problem deals with hardware, not software. Resetting the SMC won't fix damaged hardware.
     

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