Removing the Mac mini's access plate
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OK. If it's the same, Best Buy sells the Mac mini for $700US. I wonder what it cost Apple in parts for this. Clearly doesn't look like much.
I've avoided buying Mac desktop computers because they tend to be tough to service. I just may make my next desktop computer a Mac Mini.
It's all my fault. I finally plunked down cash for a Mac Mini a few weeks ago and now there's a newer model. It's a curse - just like when I cause the stock market to crash the day after I buy back in.
Lazy picture man.. I bet you copied picture 1 and renamed it 72 for that last shot. :-P O:-) "bazingga"! (Edit: added "bazingga" to give extra zip to poking a joke at 70+ pictures, how about "extra attentive nutty picture man" would that make it more poke-able?) O:-)
Actually you should avoid buying them because Steve Jobs said the "PC" is dying and a Mac [by most people's definition a Mac is a PC. So in a sense you are buying an absolete product that Apple is still selling. :-)
Oh dear. Another Windows specialist who feels threatened by the existence of a more reliable OS. I remember how OS/2 Warp resulted in fewer claims for repetitive motion injuries caused by frequent NT rebooting. Too bad IBM failed to understand marketing. But if they had, there'd be a lot fewer of us left in IT support. Take my advice: learn to love and support as many OSes as you can. You'll get an honest perspective on what really works and what doesn't.
As always, my goal is to disassemble these devices in a manner that allows them to be reassembled in working order. For an example, check out the following post on my experience taking apart the iPhone 4: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1876
Thanks for letting me know about the error in the image labels for those two pics. The descriptions on the images were correct, but the pic had the wrong title.
Yes. I did use the same image for both the first and last image in this gallery. But, I often do for our teardowns, and with good reason. The TechRepublic site and most of our RSS feeds use a gallery's first image as THE gallery thumbnail. This means that you want to put a compelling pic that represents that gallery's subject matter in the first slot. As I have always ended our teardown galleries with a shot of the device completely disassembled this thumbnail limitation creates a slight problem. Unfortunately, the only way to get around this issue is to use the same image in both the first and last slot. Personally, I wouldn't consider posting a gallery with 70+ distinct images "lazy".
I am not a "Windows specialist". I could care less what OS or platform is used. Hell I would be happy with an old 8086 running CP/M booted from a 5 1/4" 360K floppy. Computers are nothing more than tools to me. I could use an old VT100 terminal to do my job. IOS is my OS of choice...
Bill ... my oh my.. just where was your trippy tuesdays sense of humor? 'twas just a joke kind sir.. just a joke :) and no I wouldn't call 70+ pictures lazy either ... hence the "bazingga"
You have went through the work of breaking down the MAC Mini, which is something that many may hessitate to do unless necessity required it. I am an IT professional working primarily in the world of Windows, but I have used MAC's in my personal work space along side of my other machines. I have had a dual core Mini MAC since they initially came out. I have been pleased with it's design and operation, but have never cracked open the case. I am contemplating purchasing one of the improved Mini's, and your breakdown along with details were great. It is easy to pick out a flaw in someone else's work, but hard for some to give credit where credit is due. GOOD JOB!!!!