Mac Mini Fan Control - broken wire problem

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MacHappi, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. MacHappi macrumors newbie


    Jun 30, 2007
    Westbury, Wiltshire, UK

    I upgraded the RAM in my mini yesterday to 2Gb, in the process managed to pull one of the wires that got into the clip for the fan control :eek: and now the fan is running at constant high speed. The clip goes back into the mother board ok and one of the wires is still connected properly.

    My questions are - is this an easy repair? Can the wire be soldered back into the clip and is this something that I will need to take to an approved repair center to get fixed? Has anyone else had this repaired by Apple and roughly what did it cost you.

    The moral of this tale is to watch the tutorial video / read the words a little more closely in future!!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

  2. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
    The first thing to try is to see if you can push the wire back into the connector when it is attached to the logic board. If so, then you are done. If not taking it to a repair shop should not be a big deal. If the tech is kind to you he/she will be able to repair the connector. If not then they will replace the sensor and cable - maybe $50 for parts and $50 labor?

    You can order the sensor/cable and do it yourself if you are willing to give it a try.
  3. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    At ~$40, I would try to fix the original cable.

    I had some trouble with this cable two the first time I took apart my mini.

    Are you sure the cable is broken, or is the clip not seated all of the way?
  4. sonicaaaa macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    hi, i've just made the same mistake.

    snapped a cable and now fan i is always on.
    the cable is snapped right near the connect so i think i won't able to solder it. i should try to take a parte the connector and reopen injecting the cable or use a new connector if i will able to find one.

    does anyone know where i can buy one on the web? or find it in another device?

    the only thing i managed to do is to find its techincal name:

    can anyone help?


  5. thoshino macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2008
    I have the exact same problem (noisy mac mini, in fact I'm wearing hearing protection right now because of the noise) after a forced hdd switch (old one died after just 2 years and unfortunately I don't have Apple Care).

    The thing is... just the little plastic connector* on the end of the cord broke on my mini, the socket on the MB and the two wires are intact. Does anyone know what those plastic two-pin connectors are called? I was thinking of trying to get one at ELFA since I live in Sweden.

    *The way I see it there are two wires that snap into place in a plastic connector, then you insert the connector into a "socket" on the MB. The socket has two pins that connect to the wires respectively and this in turn allows the fan speed control to function.

    PS. My excuse for missing removing the connector during the hdd change is lack of concentration due to thinking all copies of my thesis had fried.
    (Fortunately I had backup :D)
  6. mmond macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010

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