Do I need this small metal piece? Fell out of mac mini.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Dezlboy, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Dezlboy macrumors regular

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    While replacing my dead hard drive a small metal piece fell on my worktable. I think it fell out of the old drive, but maybe from the mac mini itself (late 2009 model, A1283).

    The metal piece is silver, thickness of a dime, roughly square, and about 1/4 inch (at the most) on all sides. No holes, prongs, adhesive, connectors, etc. Just a small hunk of metal.

    I haven't put the mini back together yet to see what isn't (??) working. Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    It almost sounds like a BIOS battery. It keeps the time correct when computer is off.

    That is my best guess.

    I am more familiar with a PC which would work without the battery, but would need the time and some settings reset each time the computer was turned on.

    Just an educated guess. Good luck.
     
  3. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    If the metal piece has cr2032 imprinted on it then it's the backup battery for the clock etc for the system...
     
  4. Dezlboy, Jul 15, 2014
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    Dezlboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cape Dave, iPhil,

    The battery is in its holder. But appreciate the reply!

    This piece is much smaller. It's almost the size of a letter on my iPhone 4 keypad.

    It also fits inside Lincoln's head on a penny, and is just a bit thicker than a penny.

    I'll try to post a photo in about ten hours, when I'll have access to computer.
     
  5. Dezlboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Here you go.
     

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  6. bobcat ranny macrumors newbie

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    Mac mini: Made in China. I may be wrong but it looks like a Chinese tooth filling to me.
     
  7. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    The OP said it was Silver not Gold :D
     
  8. noisycats macrumors 6502a

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    I believe that's the dilithium crystal powering the reality distortion field. Better take it in and get repaired ASAP!
     
  9. Shrink macrumors G3

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    There are always a few extra parts in all electronics that are not REALLY necessary.

    Well, that's what I figure, since whenever I take anything apart there are parts left over...:eek:
     
  10. Dezlboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    HAHAHA! to everyone. Great responses! :p

    When my "replacement" temperature sensor arrives, and I get the mini put back together, I'll let you all know. If it works, I'm going to put the metal piece up for auction at eBay!
     
  11. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    Oh, it's an LST. I have a drawer full of those, in various sizes.
     
  12. Dezlboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll bite. LST = Lost Stuff and Things? Large Silver Thing?
     
  13. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    Close ;)

    Little Silver Thing
     
  14. Dezlboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi All, Just to close the loop. Mini up and running, without that Little Silver Thing. Thanks for taking your time to help me out.
     
  15. thedeske macrumors 6502a

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    OK - It's a spacer that keeps some section of the board aligned, but was never really attached well. When you pulled the board out it came loose.

    If you inspect it under high magnification, you might see some faint remnant of adhesive on one side-or not ;)

    That's my guess - fun thread
     
  16. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    Little Silver Things? We don't need no sticking Little Silver Things to run our mini's!
     

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