Mac mini horror story

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by three, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. three macrumors 6502a

    three

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    I was upgrading the memory in my Mac mini a couple days ago and so far the opening and the upgrade went well, until when I was reinserting the ribbon cable (if you've ever opened a Mac mini you know which one) I heard a popping sound coming from the connector. A few moments later the connector fell off, turns out the connector is only soddered by 4 very tiny soddering points. I went to the local Mac Store in town the next day and I ordered a whole new replacement board. I advise you to just be careful whenever you are upgrading a mini. :) The part hasn't come yet btw.
     
  2. Courtaj macrumors 6502a

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    I think you mean "soldering" but given the nature of this cautionary tale, perhaps "soddering" is more appropriate ...
     
  3. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    How much did the replacement board run you? My logic board died on my mini about a year ago, and I was looking at over $400 for a new one.
     
  4. three thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I only had to replace the interconnect board which was only $30 from Apple. The logic board at least on my mini is fine.
     
  5. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    Lucky dog. My mini has been sitting in storage unusable needing a $400 fix to a machine paid $500 for, and worth about $200.
     
  6. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    Why are you reinserting the ribbon cable? I have had mine apart several times and have left that cable connected.
     
  7. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    Isn't that the way, it happens to everything, including cars. The question is when to stop pouring money in, but then again when you can't afford to buy a new car or newer car, then just fixing it is the best at times. I , know random ,but what ever its late!
     
  8. petermcphee macrumors 6502a

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    If it wasn't very hard to find donor mac-mini's on eBay, some of these parts could probably be had on the cheap, right?
     
  9. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Same here...I guess we were lucky?
     
  10. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    Not logic boards. Since they are worth as much as the entire machine, they seem to be harder to find on the cheap.
     
  11. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    If you find a cheap G4 mini mother board, let me know - I need one.
     

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