Mac Mini 2011 mystery port...

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  1. FrancoisC, Oct 18, 2011
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    FrancoisC macrumors 6502

    FrancoisC

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    Anyone know what's the use of this red circled port on the mini logic board?

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    I'm guessing it must be used by apple for some reason, but I was wondering if anybody knew...

    (Original image courtesy of ifixit)
     
  2. brownn macrumors newbie

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  3. FrancoisC thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not the red square, it's the red circle.

    It's a connector of some sort...
     
  4. vert18 macrumors member

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    hard to see that red squiggle circle in the middle of the board..
    oh, dunno what it is..
     
  5. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    Um, that's just a generic IC.
     
  6. FrancoisC thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'll post a picture of another angle soon, it's not an IC. Anyway, I'll try to get the service manual for this mini, must be written somewhere.

    The 2010 mini did not have this port.
     
  7. esmith macrumors member

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    2011 Mac Mini service manual doesn't have this listed
     
  8. FrancoisC thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just great...

    Oh well, maybe it's used during assembly or for diagnostic reason.
     
  9. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like one of the SATA ports. They have the same connector type.
     
  10. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Chances are that it's just a diagnostic port for use while in the factory.
     
  11. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    It's a diagnostic port, yeah. If you look closely, all logic boards in Macs have them, in pretty much that form factor.
     

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