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Where to find new Pins holding fan for Mac Mini?


I need to find 4 plastic pins holding the fam in a Mac Mini A1176 (intel core solo). I broked them while I was replacing the CPU for a C2D one...

I'm not able to find those lil plastic screw...

Like those one circle in red:

Mac mini Model A1176 Core 2 Duo Processor Replacement

Any help will be appreciate :)


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I have a friend who had the same problem and he ended up just buying these and said that they work better that the original because the don't break.


You just install them but with the washer then the screw on the bottom.

Here are the order of the parts:



Springs (if you have them)

Logic board



Please note that the 1" screws are longer then they need to be so once they are secure you will need to cut the extra screw off. IF YOU DON'T DO THIS THEN THE MAC WILL NOT GO BACK TOGETHER PROPERLY!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks a lot,

I think it will be perfect.

I will give a feedback as soon as I'll receive it and put it on my favourite MacMini :)



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Finally done!

Works great, thanfs for your help :)

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Hi Johan,

Can you please share the name of the pins that you got?

I'm in need of such pins myself but for the GPU heatsink. Those ones are shorter, but the same diameter. Thanks!


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I found pins that would do the trick from the UK at the link above. I replaced the cpu about a year ago and it worked though difficult for arthritic hands.


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Johan will be eternally grateful.
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