Anyone tried a logic board OVEN BAKE a with the 2011 (A1347) Mac Mini?

appleisnowbad

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I am 99% certain my logic board is fried on my 13 month old 2011 A1347 i7 2.0 Ghz Server Mac Mini (still the latest model)!!!

So, having no money at the moment to seek logic board replacement, I am curious if anyone has successfully had a logic board repaired... With the Oven bake trick or by other means??? The oven bake trick has proved successful for me in the past with the commonly faulty 4 year old macbook pro but I have found nothing on the mac mini???

Apple - the unreliable choice!

For full info, I also submitted this post:
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1464760/

Thanks for any help at all :)
 

appleisnowbad

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Yes oven baking is for sure a last resort and doing so on such a new model seems absurd and really unlucky.... haha... yeah well in my experience lately, apple is seemingly more and more unreliable... with friends also having problems.... not saying it doesn't happen with PC's but a 1000 euro server mac dead after a year is mad! they are supposed to be able to handle higher loads and what good is a server if it can't even handle normal usage?
 

Kebabselector

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1000 euro server mac dead after a year is mad! they are supposed to be able to handle higher loads and what good is a server if it can't even handle normal usage?
Where do you live, you might find you have more than a years warranty*


*so long as you don't take it apart or at least make it look like you haven't.
 

appleisnowbad

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"Where do you live, you might find you have more than a years warranty*"

Interesting thanks but I doubt it... I am located in Berlin Germany and the mac was also purchased here....

I have never heard of macs having more than the year... they tend to be pretty strict on this one :( If anyone knows otherwise, I would love to hear about it....
 

Omnius

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I've bought a mac from a retailer once and found apple didnt track the date the warranty started from if i purchased it from a retailer. So the Apple employee I took the machine too, even after honestly telling him I'd had it for about 18 months, did a parts replacement and simply said it was month 11 for their records.

Apple tends to err on the side of doing right by their customers in many cases. Particularly where the employees have leeway to exercise their own judgment.
 

djc6

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"Where do you live, you might find you have more than a years warranty*"

Interesting thanks but I doubt it... I am located in Berlin Germany and the mac was also purchased here....
Kebabselector is right - you need to look into this. Pretty sure the entire EU has 2 year warranty on Apple Products. In fact, apple is in trouble right now for not advertising this fact:

http://www.tekgoblin.com/2012/10/01/eu-says-apples-warranty-advertisements-are-unacceptable/
 

appleisnowbad

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Yup. Don't take it apart before you explore the EU warranty option.
Very very interesting thanks guys.... I got very excited there... but, according to the guidelines on apples own website http://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

I would only be covered if I was able to prove that it was a particular defect causing my problem... Ie the product was released with a fault. Then Apple would have to fix it. But I don't see how I could do this. Anyone?

Anyway, I have found a place that will do a free fault diagnosis so it is with them now. I will post the results here but it is a suspected chip on the logicboard!

So again the 2 years is for Repair or replacement coverage for Defects present when customer takes delivery. HOW could I prove that this was the case???
 

mgartner0622

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Very very interesting thanks guys.... I got very excited there... but, according to the guidelines on apples own website http://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

I would only be covered if I was able to prove that it was a particular defect causing my problem... Ie the product was released with a fault. Then Apple would have to fix it. But I don't see how I could do this. Anyone?

Anyway, I have found a place that will do a free fault diagnosis so it is with them now. I will post the results here but it is a suspected chip on the logicboard!

So again the 2 years is for Repair or replacement coverage for Defects present when customer takes delivery. HOW could I prove that this was the case???
Well, I'd start with the diagnosis from the shop. If they can tell you it wasn't caused by human error, such as accidental damage, or an external error out of Apple's control such as dirty power or a power surge, I think you still have a case.
 

Omnius

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Very very interesting thanks guys.... I got very excited there... but, according to the guidelines on apples own website http://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

I would only be covered if I was able to prove that it was a particular defect causing my problem... Ie the product was released with a fault. Then Apple would have to fix it. But I don't see how I could do this. Anyone?

Anyway, I have found a place that will do a free fault diagnosis so it is with them now. I will post the results here but it is a suspected chip on the logicboard!

So again the 2 years is for Repair or replacement coverage for Defects present when customer takes delivery. HOW could I prove that this was the case???
Very easily. The machine would not have failed but for a latent defect. That the defect did not manifest in a total failure until some time out does not mean that it was not defective. I think you're going about this in a very unnecessary way. Discussing a huge last ditch gamble before going to an apple store or retailer seems like you've ruled out the reasonable conservative options and have gone right to the ridiculous.

I seriously hope you speak to apple before you just go about risking a totally destructive option that will undeniably strip you of any conservative options.
 

philipma1957

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Very easily. The machine would not have failed but for a latent defect. That the defect did not manifest in a total failure until some time out does not mean that it was not defective. I think you're going about this in a very unnecessary way. Discussing a huge last ditch gamble before going to an apple store or retailer seems like you've ruled out the reasonable conservative options and have gone right to the ridiculous.

I seriously hope you speak to apple before you just go about risking a totally destructive option that will undeniably strip you of any conservative options.
listen to this advice above.

plus try this advice;

also if you go to an apple store beg a bit grovel a little bring a pretty sister/wife/girlfriend even a cute daughter. Have her look a bit helpless. Pull the genius to the side say how there will be no living with the lady til it is fixed. explain how cash is tight say something like apple has billions you are luck to have hundreds .

you would be surprised they may discount they may do it a low cost.
 

appleisnowbad

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Oct 9, 2012
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Very easily. The machine would not have failed but for a latent defect. That the defect did not manifest in a total failure until some time out does not mean that it was not defective. I think you're going about this in a very unnecessary way. Discussing a huge last ditch gamble before going to an apple store or retailer seems like you've ruled out the reasonable conservative options and have gone right to the ridiculous.

I seriously hope you speak to apple before you just go about risking a totally destructive option that will undeniably strip you of any conservative options.
Yes I have calmed down now and will not be taking extreme measures such as oven baking. Currently the machine is with a store that will provide a FREE technical fault diagnosis. If this diagnosis coincides with something that it not related to dirty power or a power surge then I will try my chances with Apple I guess. Something that only Apple is responsible for. I can only hope that it is in fact a latent defect and that they will show some sympathy... Thanks again for your thoughts guys... it has been really interesting and I have learnt a lot!!
 

Minority_taxi

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ANy news?

My exact same model just died while using it, stopped completely. I'm friggin furious. First mac in 20 years to die.

What did the repair people say?

Chris.
 
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