Mac Mini Soundcard Swap

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by claytonjgray, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. claytonjgray macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2009
    I got 2 mac minis. One doesn't stay on for more than 20 minutes.. some say its the motherboard problem, so I'm not the one to fix it. Its a Intel Core Duo, real nice mac, I loved it.
    My second one is a Intel Core Solo, used in a mac-car setup. That mini's soundcard is sounds like crap right now, all muffled. So, I'd like to know if I can swap it from the Duo. Anyone ever touch their soundcards? Or is it an integrated one? :(
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    The sound boards on the original Mac minis are connected via a ribbon cable. It's not integrated to the main logic board itself and can be fairly easily replaced. But you would essentially be replacing the same sound board. Unless there's something wrong with the sound board of the Core Solo machine, it won't make any difference.

    I have read of people who use USB sound adaptors with their Mac minis and some say the sound quality is better than the built-in sound of the Mac minis... Personally, my ears are not good enough to tell the difference, but that may be an alternative for you.

    Above is an image of the kind that I have used with Macs. No drivers were required. They can usually be found for a few bucks (less than $10) online.
  4. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    That sounds much more like a user-installation problem, not a computer problem.

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