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Introduzione

Use this guide to strip and replace the outer case of your Mac mini Late 2014.

  1. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement, Bottom Cover: passo 1, immagine 1 di 1
    • The bottom cover is clipped onto three screw posts.

    • Pry near, but not right on the screw posts.

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    • Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini.

  3. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 3, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 3, immagine 2 di 2
    • Lift and remove the bottom cover.

  4. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement, Antenna Plate: passo 4, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:

    • Three 4.1 mm screws

    • Three 1.9 mm screws

  5. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 5, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 5, immagine 2 di 2
    • Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac mini by an antenna cable.

    • With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.

  6. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 6, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the single 3.4 mm T6 screw and washer from the antenna cable.

    • Be careful not to lose the washer when removing the screw.

  7. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 7, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 7, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.

  8. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 8, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 8, immagine 2 di 2
    • Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.

  9. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 9, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.

  10. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement, Fan Assembly: passo 10, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the two 12 mm T6 screws from the fan.

    • Loosen the 27 mm T6 captive screw–it will get removed with the fan assembly.

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    • The fan connector is trapped under the edge of the fan and cannot be disconnected until the fan is moved.

    • Do not attempt to remove the fan entirely.

    • Lift the fan straight up to free the captive screw from its hole in the logic board.

    • Pull the fan away from the SSD until you can easily access the fan connector.

  12. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 12, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 12, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the fan connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  13. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 13, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the fan from the Mac mini.

  14. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement, Logic Board Assembly: passo 14, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the 2.6 mm T6 screw securing the SATA cable connector bracket.

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    • Remove the SATA cable connector bracket.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the SATA cable connector up off of its socket on the logic board.

  17. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 17, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 17, immagine 2 di 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the IR sensor cable connector by prying it straight up from its socket.

  18. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 18, immagine 1 di 1
    • The following three steps only apply to Mac minis equipped with a PCIe SSD. Skip the next three steps if your Mac mini only has a hard drive.

    • Remove the two 2.6 mm T6 screws securing the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

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    • Remove the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

  20. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 20, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 20, immagine 2 di 2
    • Lift the PCIe SSD connector up off its socket.

  21. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 21, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the single 16 mm T6 screw securing the logic board.

    • To remove the logic board, the two cylindrical rods of the Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool must be inserted into the holes highlighted in red. Inserting instruments into any logic board holes other than the ones highlighted in red may destroy the logic board.

    • Insert the Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure the rods make contact with the case under the logic board before proceeding.

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    • Carefully pull the tool toward the I/O board. The logic board and I/O board assembly should slightly slide out of the outer case.

    • Cease prying when the removal tool makes contact with the opening in the rear case.

    • Remove the Mac mini Logic Board Removal tool.

  23. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 24, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 24, immagine 2 di 2
    • Pull the DC-In cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  24. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 25, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 25, immagine 2 di 2
    • Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the Mac mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  25. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement, Power Supply: passo 26, immagine 1 di 3 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement, Power Supply: passo 26, immagine 2 di 3 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement, Power Supply: passo 26, immagine 3 di 3
    • The AC-in socket is secured with a small metal retaining clip.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to pull the clip away from the AC-in socket, and remove it from the Mac mini.

    • When replacing the clip, push it in until it stops—it should be secure even if there is no audible click.

  26. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 27, immagine 1 di 3 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 27, immagine 2 di 3 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 27, immagine 3 di 3
    • To free the power supply from the case, grab the AC-In connector, which acts like a latch.

    • Rotate the AC-In connector 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

  27. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 28, immagine 1 di 1
    • The AC-In latch should fit into the groove above it in the case.

    • During reassembly ensure the power supply is inserted far enough into the case that the latch will engage with the groove.

  28. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 29, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the 8 mm T6 screw securing the power supply.

  29. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 30, immagine 1 di 2 Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement: passo 30, immagine 2 di 2
    • Slide the power supply out of the mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  30. Mac mini Late 2014 Outer Case Replacement, Drive Tray Assembly: passo 31, immagine 1 di 1
    • Remove the single 8 mm T6 screw securing the drive tray.

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    • Lift the drive tray up out of the Mac mini.

Conclusione

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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