Fan is stuck on high speed, ODD heat sensor pulled off motherboard
While swapping a hard drive, I broke the optical drive heat sensor socket from the logic board at four tiny solder points. I wish I'd found ifixit.com first, because their procedure avoids detaching the optical drive heat sensor. I attempted to use non-permanent glue to bring the socket into contact with the raised solder bumps on the logic board, but that didn't work. So I removed the glue and put a small piece of electrical tape around the optical drive SATA connector (so that the cowling would not seat the SATA connecter when reassembled) and I reassembled the Mini with the new drive in place. When I completed the installation and started the Mini, the fan immediately came on at full speed.
SMCFanControl indicates 5500 rpm and a temp of 31 degrees C. System Profiler indicates that the system recognizes that there is NO optical drive. I reopened the Mini and checked that all of the remaining connectors were properly seated. iStat Pro indicates that the heat sensors for all other components are operating correctly and reporting temps between 23C (ambient) and 32C (CPU). Apple Hardware Test reports error code 4SNS/1/c0000008: T00P--124, which I interpret as an error related to the optical drive heat sensor.
The Mac Mini functions perfectly in all respects except the constant fan at 5500 rpm and I have no optical drive. The Scorpio Blue is much more responsive, everything works and I spend much less time waiting for the spinning beach ball to complete tasks. Third party fan controllers are useless, as they will not lower the fan speed. Putting the computer to sleep from the Apple menu shuts the fan down completely. Wakeup restarts the fan immediately.
I've performed the correct sequence for SMC reset, which did not help (SMC Version system is 1.65f2). I've booted into SAFE mode, then restarted normally, which did not help. I've performed a PRAM reset through five startup chimes, no luck. The Mac Mini firmware is up-to-date. I do not have sufficient soldering skill to reattach the heat sensor connector to the motherboard (there are two conducting pads and two more mounting pads within the space of 2 mm). Will the system think that the optical drive heat sensor is present if I connect (short) the two solder pads on the motherboard for the broken optical drive heat sensor? Will that solve the problem or kill the motherboard?
Is this a good question?