Fan Connector Broken Causing Fan to Not Work; Can I Super Glue it Securely?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by HappyDude20, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Hi all,

    So I have a new 2011 Mac mini and wanted to change the hard drive to an ssd and also upgraded the ram. Along the reassembly process I broke the little female part that is part of the logic board, preventing me from properly connecting the male end of the cable that belongs to the spinning fan.

    I tried taking the connector back on but to no success and now the fan doesn't spin whilst the Mac is on and the Mac mini gets quite hot.

    The fan and the cable work. The male end is just broken so won't click in.

  2. Kaida macrumors regular


    May 28, 2016
    if it doesnt bother you, just lift the mm slightly and leave the bottom open.

    You can cut a unused usb connector and use it to power a 12cm pc fan under it. Just go for a higher rpm fan as the usb port is 5v.

    Else, you can learn how its done and replace it
  3. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    L2 compter on Ebay will repair Mac mini logic boards for $152. As far as glue goes, you probably need some nonconductive epoxy that they used to use on Video Ciphers. Mine was worse. I broke off the power connector going to the SATA drive
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    I thought all PC fans were +12 or were +12 or +5 auto sensing
  4. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    You have broken the most common part while replacing the HDD. Don't worry it can be repaired. It cost me £80 to repair mine. I'd suggest finding a repair centre that will do the job right.

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