Help and dont laugh! put mini 2009 back together and have small piece left over!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by madeirabhoy, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

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    :eek::eek::eek::eek:
    ill try and get a picture up to show the piece.

    was getting memory errors, so took my mini apart a few times. two x 4 gig chips, so tried one at a time and realised definitely one chip is dud.

    on putting the mini back together the last time i realised there was a tiny piece of metal left on the table.

    its the size of an earing, its got what looks like a black button on one side of it, and 3 or 4 little wire connectors out one side of it which makes it look like it plugs into a socket somewhere on it.

    the mac works fine without it.

    i asked one of our IT guys and he says it looks like an infra red receptor. its definitely not the bluetooth antenna as my keyboard and track pad are bluetooth.

    ive reopened the mac and looked all over and i cant find anywhere to plug it in....:(

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  2. chrfr macrumors 604

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    That is indeed the IR sensor, but you broke it.
    iFixit link
     
  3. Omnius macrumors 6502a

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    If you had a remote, it will no longer work. Otherwise, nothing else should seem wrong.
     
  4. philipma1957, Feb 15, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013

    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    YES correct. I can find a link in a minute with photos and a link for the part.
    full tear down

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing+Mac+mini+Model+A1283+IR+Board+&+Cable/1061/1


    photos of what you broke

    http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/1Q6kBoHMSuoCEvgK.huge


    http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/jTKxFencB1GSCHwe.huge


    still looking for the part


    found it

    http://www.applecomponents.com/items/922-9113_board-ir/0000004318?pn=1&cmp=0161&per_page=30



    much better price here


    http://www.powerbookmedic.com/IR-Board-and-Cable-for-Intel-Mac-Mini-p-17982.html



    i have used both sellers for parts. btw this cable is one of the few things I have broken repairing minis.
     

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