Mini disassembly / reassembly question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jeme, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. jeme macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    So I upgraded my mac mini with a new HD and ram. When putting it back together the back (white plastic back pannel where it meets the aluminium of the case) are not flush - it is off by an 1/8 of an inch or so - but you can tell when looking at it - it appear that when I first put it back together I think I bent some on the clippping mechanism and now cannot get it to be flush.

    This is cosmetic only and does not affect performance as far as I can tell.

    Having built a few PC's I though the assembly and disassembly of the mini was challenging due to the tight tollarances of how it is put together.

    Has anyone else had similar assembly or disassembly challenges?
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Even though many will chime in about their perfect experiences and how simple the upgrade is, in reality this upgrade is not to be taken lightly and many people have broken connections while attempting the upgrade.

    My advise is to just leave alone. If it ain't broken don't fix it.

  3. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    I used a screwdriver instead of the recommended putty knife and had no troubles upgrade my Mini's HD short of a few scratches on the bottom from first trying to pry off the top.
    If the case appears to be off by a minute amount, there is a possibility that a small cable is blocking the closure. You may want to pry it back open and look for any cables that have pinch marks on them from when you tried to close the case.
  4. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Either way, in both of those cases; gentleman you've just voided your warranty. Welcome to the club.. I did the same thing when I opened mine:rolleyes:
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    No way for Apple to know. I could just say I dropped it. The scratches are minor.
  6. jeme thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    I was fully aware that I was voiding then warranty, plus if there is anything but stock apple parts you have voided the warranty. Isn't that the purpose of the upgrade?
  7. rkdiddy macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2008
    OC Baby!
    I'm flip flopping like a fish out of water on whether I should just BYO on the Apple site and upgrade it the way I want or by a base and upgrade the drive and ram.

    Seems like I would save about $100 and get a better drive.

    Decisions Decisions:confused:

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