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1.5 Core Solo, 1.66 or 1.83 Core Duo, or 1.83 or 2 GHz Core 2 Duo processor. This covers the first Intel-based Mac Mini models from Early 2006 to Mid 2007.

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Can I use a zip tie to replace the pin?

I was wondering can I use a zip tie to replace the heatsink pin that broke off? or can I use the other side two corner pins to keep the heatsink on and just take off that three pin?

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Jordan Chapman having seen your other Q&A's, it sounds like you are really wrestling with this. Let's face it, those standoffs are pretty hard to come by. No, you don't want metal screws. Reason for that is, because you may just overtorque those and pull them right through your board. You could use nylon screws but sounds like you are having difficulty sourcing those as well. You did say you have two of the four pins. Go ahead and use them on diagonal corners like @hellomacos suggested on another answer. Use your Zip ties ( very difficult to get the proper torque on those as well) on the other two ends. Be neat about it and be sensible when you apply those. No reason to yank to hard on those. Watch your board so as to not break that. Make sure that you properly apply some thermal paste between the processor and the heat sink. Once you got this all squared away and looking nice, fire up your Mini and keep monitoring the temperature. You will find out pretty quick if it is over heating or if it works. Can't use it as it is, can't get the pins, so might as well try something. Just be neat and tidy with your work. Is it a great repair? Nope. But for as long as it works for you and serves its purpose, it's okay by me :-)



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i think to support the longevity of your mac, you should buy a replacement as the zip tie could rub the other components and possibly mess with them or damage them. i think you could as a temporary fix, but not a permanent fix.

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The pins are impossible to buy and find so I don’t want to buy another Mac mini just for a pin. The best way I can think of is a zipe tie or 3d print one or just have two on each side corner.


i think it could work to 3d print a pin, but as i said above, a ziptie could damage the mac mini.


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