Beware Rubber Feet On Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tom29786, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. tom29786 macrumors member

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    Just thought that I would post this as a heads up to anybody that has put rubber feet on the bottom of a mini to stop it from sliding or possibly for cooling. I placed 4 small rubber feet on my mini for the above reasons and when I went to slide it a little ways on a Formica counter top I heard a POP I thought it was the rubber feet, however what it turned out to be was one of the 3 lugs that holds the black cover on the bottom of the mini broke off. It screws into the frame of the mini, not good. On the plus side mini still works perfect, used a piece of black tape to hold on the cover.
     
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  3. donklaus macrumors member

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    So how did the rubber feet cause a back-cover lug to break?

    Doesn't seem like there is any physical connection, unless the four rubber feet were on the twist-to-remove cover itself?
     
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  6. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    One part of the bottom has a metal backing and you can place there two feet. The other two feet need to be placed very closely to where the two lugs are. The three lugs are not having a very good fit (thread of the lugs / housing) so do not tighten them too much - you'll strip the threads.
     
  7. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Couldn't you pop one of those round rubber things that people use to help them open jars under the mini? That way it wouldn't slide around, it wouldn't raise it up too much like rubber pegs, and it would be completely under the mini so that you'd never see it.
     
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    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/NUPDBASEMM/
     
  9. Martyimac macrumors 6502a

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    I guess I am having a hard time understanding. Did the OP place the rubber feet on the round plate that opens? I put my 4 rubber feet on the outside corners NOT on the removable plate. No fuss no muss no issues.
     
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  11. eduardomart macrumors newbie

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    Simple trick

    Lightly scratch the rubber legs with sandpaper, problem solved. That's what I did with my Macbook Pro, now it really grips.
     
  12. gmartine macrumors newbie

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    I have rubber feet installed. I don't see how this can damage the Mac Mini. They are installed at in the corners.
     
  13. theSeb macrumors 604

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    So you installed rubber feet which are not slippery and then you applied a force to try and push an object that is now attached to the rubber feet. You're surprised that the weakest chain in the link broke due to the force that you applied? .
     
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    Thank you for the link iMac mini. Purchased one for mine. Wanted the one that acorn linked to but thought that might tip over since I'm clumsy :D
     
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    Just placed four 0.79 inch generic rubber feet on the four corners of my Mac mini, they work great... they seem to be helping with lowering the Mini's temperature as well which is really the reason why I bought them. :)
     
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    I have my Mac Mini elevated on four(4) plastic "shot glass" type cups under my PC Laptop Stand. Cost was about 25 Cents.
     
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  19. anp27 macrumors regular

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    Wow, you just gave me a great idea, thanks! Shot glasses will probably look much better than rubber feet!
     
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    Your very welcome, however, it is not an original idea as I read a Post from another MacRumors Forum member some time ago. Using this good idea elevated my Mac Mini around 2 inches as I like to drink a double-shot of Jameson Irish Whisky every now and then:) Hope this works out for you!
     
  21. anp27 macrumors regular

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    I like Jameson A LOT, it's my jam! The usual choice when it comes to shots! :)
     
  22. Johnlpi macrumors member

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    I'm so sorry to hear that this happened to you. These machines are expensive enough; it's disheartening to hear that they should be so flimsy and start to have things break off them.

    ::sigh:: :(
     
  23. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    Little Tiny Feets

    Hey Johnipi, don’t waste any tears or sighs on the OP and their self-inflicted problem. If you read the entire thread, note the lack of OP interaction, and notice the age of the thread the haze begins to clear.

    Four out of the fifteen original 2012 posters commented about the curious circumstances that caused the broken lugs. Three of those four people directly asked Tom29786 for more details regarding the problem. One even pointed out how odd it was for the OP to implement a non-slip solution for their mini before attempting to slide it across the desktop. The OP did not respond to any of them. The other posters, like you, ignored these valid questions. Anp27 reanimated a dead thread but did not address the original complaint.

    Don’t be disheartened! There is no evidence that anything is flimsy here. The OP did some undetermined weird thing to their (2010?) Mac mini and broke it. That is all. :rolleyes:
     
  24. Johnlpi macrumors member

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    In the future I guess I will have to double-check the date of the OP. I didn't notice that until you pointed it out; so, thanks for that.

    I'm always doing some "undermined weird things..." :eek: so I hope I'm in the right place! :D
     
  25. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    No sweat, most of us have made the same mistake. I know that I have!

    There is another weird thing about this thread. If you view the product links that the posters in this thread suggested it makes you wonder if they read each other's posts.

    Weird?
     

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