Introduzione

Utilizzare questa guida per sostituire completamente l'unità ottica. La sostituzione della scheda logica richiede la rimozione della scheda logica, oltre che della maggior parte degli altri componenti del Mac mini. Inoltre, la reinstallazione dei sensori termici potrebbe richiedere l'utilizzo di mastice.

  1. Posizionare i pollici negli incavi tagliati nel coperchio inferiore.
    • Posizionare i pollici negli incavi tagliati nel coperchio inferiore.

    • Ruotare il coperchio inferiore in senso antiorario finché il puntino bianco dipinto su di esso non è allineato con il cerchio in rilievo sul case esterno.

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  2. Inclinare il Mac mini abbastanza da sganciare il coperchio inferiore dal case esterno.
    • Inclinare il Mac mini abbastanza da sganciare il coperchio inferiore dal case esterno.

    • Rimuovere coperchio inferiore e conservarlo altrove.

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    • Rimuovere le due viti Torx T6 da 11,3 mm che fissano la ventola alla scheda logica, in prossimità della piastra dell'antenna.

    There are actually 3 T6 screws securing the fan. The third screw is out of the screenshot, just below the RAM.

    inferno10 - Replica

    Nope, that third screw is actually just a post that the rubber grommet attached to the fan body slips over. Step 4 shows how the fan comes off of it. When you go to remove the fan, you simply remove the two screws closest to the antenna plate and then lift the fan off this post. The screw you are talking about is removed in Step 14 and does not need to be removed until this point.

    Andrew Bookholt -

    Successful install completed, but I had some trouble getting the fan reinstalled. When I removed the fan from the "Step 14" post, the rubber piece stayed on the post. When attempting to reinstall the fan, it was impossible to get the loop to go back over that rubber piece. So, I had to remove the post (again), and with the help of the spudger and some patience, worked it through. Then installed the fan using the 2 screws and the post. I think it may have saved some time and trouble if I just removed all 3 in the first place, leaving the post in the fan.

    meag -

    On mine I needed to remove the 26 mm T6 Torx standoff during this step rather than step 12

    philipashlock - Replica

    on my mid-2011 mac mini, that 3rd T6 post/screw had to be removed to get the fan out. It goes right through a hole in the fan housing. No way the grommet is slipping over anything without wreaking major havoc.

    Derek Shaw - Replica

    On my mid-2010 mac mini, also removed the 26 mm T6 Torx standoff during this step instead of step 12. Having completed the steps, it appears my hard drive is from mid 2011, so maybe the production line for mine had changed.

    jstraath - Replica

    • Sollevare la linguetta della ventola più vicina alla memoria RAM più vicina al distanziatore fissato al case esterno.

    Whats a standoff? Is that a screw?

    brzmn - Replica

    A standoff is like a screw extender. It screws into a screw-hole, and its head has a screw hole on it. When you attach something to a standoff, it makes that something stand off the original screw-hole surface.

    cityzen -

    Pulling on the ear didn't do anything, so I removed the whole screw at this step. The screw stayed fixed on the fan and I didn't have to remove it at the step where you remove the logic board screws.

    Probably I didn't want to use too much force .. but it worked

    Alexander Kogler - Replica

    This is the approach I used. no way was the "ear" pulling over the head of the standoff without breaking something. The standoff simply unscrewed from whatever is under the logic board and stayed with the fan assembly. WAY safe

    Derek Shaw -

    Loosen the fan standoff from the motherboard using a T6 driver.

    bobcloninger - Replica

    When I pulled the fan ear off the standoff the rubber grommet stayed on the standoff. That's fine, but it makes it difficult to put the fan ear back on during reassembly. So I just pulled the rubber grommet off the standoff and put it into the hole in the fan ear. Then I was able to push the fan ear onto the standoff with out trouble during reassembly.

    dhein - Replica

    It seems easiest to just remove this screw now. It comes out in Step 12 anyway. This way you don't have to mess with the rubber grommet.

    moecastleton - Replica

    • Sollevare la ventola dal Mac mini affinché sia possibile accedere al connettore.

    • Tirare con attenzione i cavi della ventola verso l'alto, per sollevare il connettore dal connettore femmina sulla scheda logica.

    • Rimuovere la ventola.

    I was a bit too rough in unclipping the fan and broke off the connector on the board?

    Is my only option to replace the board?

    Anthony DeFreitas - Replica

    • Rimuovere la vite T6 da 3,5 mm che fissa la mascherina al dissipatore.

    This is a screw into the head of another screw below it that holds the main board. When I took out the fan, the top screw AND the longer 26 mm screw came out together so when I was putting my mini back together I thought for a moment I had lost a screw.

    info - Replica

    Mine is stuck together too, but with a twist. They are not coming off. It starts to "jump" in the end, probably because the cover is pushing inwards the metal case. Any suggestion?

    douglaslondrina - Replica

    In my Mac mini there is no cowling. Maybe a previous owner didn’t put it back?

    Doeke Zanstra - Replica

    • Sollevare la mascherina dall'estremità più vicina alla piastra dell'antenna.

    • Ruotare la mascherina fuori dal case esterno e rimuoverla dal Mac mini.

    This is wrong step. If you need remove this out, it would be better to pull out logic board, and remember to remove cables attached on it before pull out.

    Lin Adison - Replica

    • Rimuovere le viti seguenti, che fissano la piastra dell'antenna al Mac mini:

      • Due viti Torx T8 da 6,6 mm

      • Due viti Torx T8 da 5 mm o viti esagonali da 2 mm (vanno bene entrambi i cacciaviti)

    The red circled screws are T9 in my Mac mini (not T8).

    Sven Harmstorf - Replica

    ditto here - the 6.6 mm screws that anchor to the HD (now SSD) are T9

    Derek Shaw -

    I have tried several times but I have been unable to get all four holes to line up when replacing the antenna plate. I can get the two closer to the center of the mini just fine but no matter how I align the plate, one of the screws closer to the edge of the mini will be so far out of alignment that I cannot get the screw to go in. I had to leave one screw uninstalled. The plate is not distorted in any way. It is installed the same way it was before I removed, as far as I can tell. I am baffled! Has anyone been through this?

    GalvanicMacPro - Replica

    Galvanic, it pops in.

    bkbkbk -

    I had a really hard time with this. I was able to resolve it though: secure the other three screws first. Then I pushed my precision screwdriver into the hole and levered the wayward tab into position: it wedged in with an audible snap sound! Then I was able to fasten the final screw.

    Aaron Vegh -

    I have trouble with this step every time I repair one of these minis. Aaron, your tip worked perfectly for me, thanks. -Anne

    DA IT Department -

    The antenna plate assembly is a tongue and groove type. The plate has a "groove" and the rim of the outer case is the "lip". You have to slide it in and align the parts ant it fits perfectly .

    jvilella -

    To solve this, just pick on the plate on the semi circle side and with the tool "open" just slighter the space where the semicircle have to fit

    Pedro -

    Had the same problem - the reason was the replacement drive I used - it is thinner than the original one. So I could not get the far side of the drive correctly into the holes for the notches mounted on the drive; that is - the drive was always a little bit too far to the center of the mac case. Everything works fine until you try to install all four screws.

    I found a simple solution: I attached some adhesive tape temporarily to the drive cover. By pulling on the tape while pushing the drive in its space the notches slipped into their holes. After this installing the antenna was no problem any more.

    Erwin Sommerauer -

    I had a similar problem with getting the antenna cover to fit back into place. I tried putting 3 screws back in and levering the 4th, but it did not work in my case. Finally, with three screws in place,, I carefully placed a thin pair of forceps into one of the holes in the cover and levered the entire cover upwards. That worked for me.

    Don - Replica

    Pulling up on the cover worked for me too. I found that the best place to pull up on the cover is at about "true north" in the picture ... near the black dot used to indicate lid-is-closed. I did it before installing any screws and all four screws went in fine.

    Fred Cat -

    As others have noted, the hardest part of the whole process is getting the holes lined up in reassembly. I ended up stripping one of the short screws, but it fits well enough to engage the slots in the circular plastic cover. If you leave a short screw out, I don't know how the bottom cover would fit securely. I would carefully note how the antenna cover fits while you remove it. The longer screws go into the actual hard drive, so I think alignment of the hard drive is part of the problem.

    Steve Dollar - Replica

    I had same problem..! U tried EVERTHING, and what worked PERFECT for me, and with very little effort is what "x10target" described here (scroll about half way down): Difficulty in re-installing Antenna Plate

    Mikey Marvel - Replica

    To replace the antenna plate, you need to patiently align the sides of the antenna and slide it in. I had similar problems as described above but, instead of using force, I resorted to patience. The plate's fit is very snug, just a little bit off the straight line and it won't sit properly. And when it sits, it really sits tight, you don't even need to hold it in place while screwing the screws back in.

    Eric Schneider - Replica

    In the “arch” of the plate is sort of a tongue & groove that fits over & under the lip of the body. I used Kelly Forceps to coax everything back together.

    tom - Replica

    • Sollevare delicatamente la piastra dell'antenna dall'estremità più vicina alla memoria RAM.

    • Estrarre con attenzione la piastra dell'antenna direttamente dalla montatura rotonda nel case esterno.

    • Non rimuovere ancora la piastra dell'antenna, poiché è ancora collegata alla scheda AirPort/Bluetooth.

    When I tried to do step 9 and disconnect these connectors, I found that not only the cable/connector but the receptacle tore off the logic board -- momentary panic! This happened to both connectors.

    Left on the logic board were two tiny fragile gold pins (per connector). Fortunately they were pretty straight, and upon re-assembly, I was able to gently slot the receptacles back into the tiny pins. Upon reassembly, everything's working fine (no crazy fan noise) so I guess I got lucky...maybe VERY lucky. :)

    Thanks iFixIt for a fantastic guide. I've got a replacement drive in there and it's definitely going to extend the life of my Mini for another season.

    David Das - Replica

    • Mediante la punta di un inseritore, scollegare con attenzione il connettore dell'antenna dalla scheda AirPort/Bluetooth.

    I broke the connector on the bluetooth board when trying to remove the antenna when I tried to replace the hard drive. Currently, the exact replacement bluetooth board 607-6509A is very hard to find or otherwise, expensive. Instead, I was able to use a cheap replacement that can be found on eBay: Apple Macbook Unibody A1342 Airport Bluetooth Module 607-6771A. There is a black plastic sheath at the back of the 607-6771A. Just cut out the part that cover the 2 holes, you are good to go.

    millicurie77 - Replica

    Good info, thanks

    maccentric -

    Hmmm just broke the port as well; it is tricky and sticky even after the port came off …

    Choat - Replica

    Thanks for the info; my port just broke here as well :( It is sticky and port connector is so fragile!

    Choat - Replica

    it’s so painful ! almost all the time is spend to try to put this ridiculous connector. my last mini mac is a server, and use ethernet not the wifi so i gave up after 1 hour .

    admin - Replica

    It would be nice if there was a close up pic of the different connectors. Then, one would know how the connectors attach. In this case, this connector is kinda like an old “F” plug. Used Kelly Forceps to pull straight up. Came off and went back on. No sweat.

    tom - Replica

    • Rimuovere l'antenna dal Mac mini.

    When you replace the antenna plate, it can be tricky. The curved edge of it actually slots both over and under the edge of the case. If it doesn’t seem to fit properly, the edges of the cut perforations may be slightly squashed. Tweak them with a small screwdriver and it will suddenly seat properly.

    Ben G - Replica

    • Rimuovere le tre viti seguenti:

      • Una vite Torx T8 da 5 mm o vite esagonale da 2 mm (vanno bene entrambi i cacciaviti)

      • Una vite Torx T6 da 16,2 mm

      • Un distanziatore Torx T6 da 26 mm

    In my case, the yellow circled standoff already came out with the previously removed fan.

    Sven Harmstorf - Replica

    My standoff screw was really tight and my T6 stripped the screw. :( But, because it's effectively just used as a post to stabilise the fan, I ended up using some surgical clamps, grabbing the standoff where the rubber grommet sits, and gently twisted the screw loose. No major damage because that part of the screw isn't really used! Just be careful and gently twist (patience is KEY) to loosen.

    alc217 - Replica

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    • Estrarre con attenzione i fili da entrambi i sensori termici del disco rigido verso l'alto, per sollevare i connettori e rimuoverli dai rispettivi connettori femmina sulla scheda logica.

    The thermal sensor is VERY delicate, hold the connector down with a spudger and lift the cable with some tweezers. Long list of people online who have accidentally removed the connector from the logic board because the solder is insufficient.

    anthonypshaw - Replica

    I second the comment about using something, say a small screwdriver, to carefully put some pressure on the connector whilst then prying the cable up.

    Simon Martin - Replica

    Excellent advice - thanks. I used a small set of tweezers to gently lift up enough cable to hold onto, and then to hold the sockets onto the logic board whilst I pulled! Success!

    Mike Haines - Replica

    Note: the clips lift straight up, although after they are removed, it appears that tiny "prongs" are in the remaining socket. What look like tiny prongs are just horizontal wires. To replace, push the clips straight down. I used metal picks (like fine bent ice picks - available at Harbor Freight) to get under the edge of the plastic clip and lift up. I pulled gently on the wires with tweezers as I pried up the clips, but I would not count on pulling alone to get the job done.

    Steve Dollar - Replica

    • Utilizzare l'estremità piatta di un inseritore per scollegare i connettori del disco rigido e dell'unità ottica dai rispettivi connettori femmina sulla scheda logica.

    The removal of the SATA connectors for the hard drive and the optical drive should probably be separated into two steps. It's easy to miss the second one and pull a SATA connector off.

    Not confirming that I did it, but I am looking for someone to solder a SATA connector back on. ;)

    jrmn - Replica

    • Per scollegare il sensore termico dell'unità ottica, tenere i cavi fra il pollice e un inseritore e tirare quest'ultimo vero l'alto per sollevare il connettore e rimuoverlo dal rispettivo connettore femmina sulla scheda logica.

    These sensors are too fragile in some cases. In my case both the hard drive and optical sensor cables tore off despite all my best efforts. The plastic holding down the cables appears to be too fragile or brittle and simply tears as the cables are pulled away.

    nirv - Replica

    Pulling the socket off the board seems to be a common problem. I am going to investigate making a tool to hold down the socket while prying up on the plug.

    For the time being I am using an app that controls the fan speed by sampling other sensors, such as the CPU heat sink.

    papa Hajek - Replica

    There are two problems with these connectors. First off they're made of very thin plastic so break easily (something addressed in later Mac mini's). Second the socket melts to the connector making it impossible to lift it.

    If you do break it the metal tabs of the socket should we easily resoldered. Some practice beforehand, a fine tip solder iron, some leaded solder and your away.

    Brent - Replica

    En mi caso perdi el sensor de la unidad optica y ahora el ventilador se mantiene acelerado y no se si para que vuelva a su velocidad normal habré de conseguir el sensor optico. (cuando hice las pruebas con el equipo abierto, mientras probaba otra unidad optica no me daba esa falla).

    Monserrat Bojorges Flores - Replica

    • Mediante la punta di un inseritore, scollegare il connettore del cavo del sensore infrarossi dal connettore femmina sulla scheda logica tirandolo verso l'alto.

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    • Per rimuovere la scheda logica, occorre inserire due aste cilindriche nei fori evidenziati in rosso. Inserire gli strumenti in altri fori rispetto a quelli evidenziati in rosso potrebbe danneggiare irrimediabilmente la scheda logica.

    • Utilizzare i due fori evidenziati in rosso. Verificare che avvenga il contatto con il case esterno sotto la scheda logica prima di procedere con l'operazione.

    • Se non si dispone dell'apposito attrezzo per la rimozione della scheda logica, è possibile utilizzare due attrezzi dal diametro massimo di 2,5 mm. Inserirne uno in ciascuno dei fori evidenziati.

    • Tirare con attenzione l'attrezzo verso la scheda I/O. La scheda logica e il gruppo della scheda I/O dovrebbero scorrere leggermente fuori dal case esterno.

    • Interrompere l'operazione quando la scheda I/O è visibilmente separata dal case esterno. Rimuovere l'attrezzo per la rimozione della scheda logica per Mac mini.

    I had a couple of 3/32" drill bits in my tool chest. Worked perfectly (2.38 mm)

    Derek Shaw - Replica

    • Premere contemporaneamente le due levette di plastica nei lati all'estrema sinistra e destra della scheda I/O verso la parte centrale di quest'ultima, rimuovendola dal case esterno.

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    • Estrarre il gruppo della scheda logica/scheda I/O dal case esterno affinché sia possibile accedere al connettore dell'alimentazione.

    • Utilizzare un paio di pinzette per scollegare il cavo di alimentazione dalla scheda logica.

    • Tirare il connettore del cavo dell'alimentazione verso l'apertura dell'unità ottica.

    Tweezers aren't strong enough. Use some small needle-nose pliers. Hold the I/O board and it pull away.

    Tyrone Steele - Replica

    • Rimuovere con attenzione il gruppo della scheda logica dal Mac mini, facendo attenzione ai cavi che potrebbero incastrarsi.

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    • Rimuovere la vite Torx T6 da 7,9 mm che fissa l'alimentatore e l'unità ottica al case esterno.

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    • Rimuovere l'elemento di fissaggio metallico argentato del connettore C.A. in ingresso dal lato del case esterno e rimuoverlo dal Mac mini.

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    • Ruotare il connettore C.A. in ingresso di 90 gradi in senso antiorario.

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    • Far scorrere l'alimentatore fuori dal Mac mini, facendo attenzione ai cavi che potrebbero incastrarsi.

    I had to wiggle the power cable to help remove the power supply.

    Simon Martin - Replica

    The plastic tab with the 7.9 mm T6 Torx screw which secures the power supply has an internal lip which may get caught on the part underneath. Lift the tab to slide out the power supply.

    Ben Patterson - Replica

    Thanks, Ben, for highlighting the little lip underneath the plastic tab! I was starting to get frustrated with the power supply!

    alc217 - Replica

    When re-installing the power supply, double check the position of the plug before inserting back into the chassis. Keep in mind that you need to hold the plug in that earlier (90 deg counter clockwise) position as you slot it in, otherwise you'll have a heck of a time twisting the plug back properly.

    alc217 - Replica

    • Rimuovere il disco rigido dal Mac mini, facendo attenzione ai cavi che potrebbero incastrarsi.

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    • Rimuovere la vite Torx T6 da 7,9 mm che fissa l'unità ottica al case esterno.

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    • Far scorrere l'unità ottica fuori dal Mac mini, facendo attenzione ai cavi che potrebbero incastrarsi.

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    • Rimuovere con attenzione i cavi del sensore infrarossi dal canale nella staffa dell'unità ottica.

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    • Rimuovere le due viti Torx T6 da 6,3 mm che fissano entrambi i lati della staffa dell'unità ottica a quest'ultima, per un totale di quattro viti.

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    • Rimuovere la staffa dell'unità ottica dal Mac mini, facendo attenzione ai cavi che potrebbero incastrarsi.

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    • Rimuovere con attenzione il cavo piatto dell'unità ottica dal corpo dell'unità stessa.

    Tip here, warm the adhesive tape with a hair drier to aid removal.

    Simon Martin - Replica

    • Scollegare il cavo dell'unità ottica estraendone il connettore dal corpo dell'unità stessa.

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    • Peel off the strip of black tape covering the optical drive thermal sensor.

    Tip here, warm the adhesive tape with a hair drier to aid removal.

    Simon Martin - Replica

    • Carefully pry the optical drive thermal sensor off the adhesive securing it to the optical drive.

    • It may be necessary to use a strip of tape or rubber cement to attach the thermal sensor to your new optical drive.

    • If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.

    Be very careful - I accidentally broke this thermal sensor in half while pulling off the black tape and had to order a new one for $40 (I ordered Apple P/N 605-2470, which is a kit because I couldn't find just the sensor). iFixit does not carry this part. Expensive mistake. Without the sensor the computer sounds like an airplane (fan is on high).

    chrismiller08 - Replica

    should one replace the thermal sensor onto the new hdd? I imagine it will naturally be warmer than the old optical drive, will the OS know how to handle this?

    Brad Bell - Replica

    Tip here, again, warm the sensor with a hair drier to aid removal. Try to push the sensor off the adhesive rather than lift or pull.

    Simon Martin - Replica

    second the hint about the hair dryer!

    alc217 - Replica

    So here is the issue.

    1) The black tape, in my case anyway, came off easily without any effect to the small thermal sensor below it. Be careful removing the tape just in case.

    2) Absolutely use a hair dryer

    - Start warming the small circuit with some warm air from the dryer, then increase the temperature.

    - Using a spudger very gently try to move it to understand whether the glue has softened or not. After some time of heating up the area with only a hair dryer, the component will simply slide off as the glue begins to soften to an almost wet glue consistency.

    nirv - Replica

    I sticked the optical drive thermal sensor to the optical bay hard drive enclosure and after I reassembled it the computer shuts off after a few minutes. If I disconnect the thermal sensor the fan starts at full speed and the computer also shuts down.

    Any help?

    yllades - Replica

    Just wanna add ; the heat-gun / hair dryer is an absolute necessity. It should be clearly noted in this step.

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Question; I've got this model Mac Mini and the optical drive has a disc stuck in it. Does anyone know if there is an emergency release mechanism anywhere? (I searched in the usual obvious places but was unable to find it.) I'm trying to determine whether I will need to remove the entire optical drive or not. (And even if I do, will that give me any greater access to the stuck CD -- assuming I don't smash the old optical drive with a proverbial hammer?)

David Das - Replica

Is it possible to just remove the optical drive entirely? I accidentally tore the thermal sensor connector completely off the motherboard when replacing the harddrive with a bigger one, and now the optical drive fan is running at full speed constantly.

Kristian Meller - Replica

The link for optical drive repair points to the wrong tutorial ( snow leopard installation) , at least on the french version.

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