Mac mini Mid 2010 Heat Sink Replacement
Replacing the mini's heat sink.
- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Difficulty: Difficult
Use this guide to replace your mini's heat sink. Reinstalling the heat sink will require a new layer of thermal paste.
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- Bottom Cover 2 steps
- Fan 3 steps
- Cowling 2 steps
- Antenna Plate 4 steps
- Logic Board 9 steps
- Heat Sink 4 steps
Step 1 — Heat Sink ¶
Remove the single 5 mm T6 Torx standoff from the heat sink near the edge of the logic board.
Step 2 ¶
To disconnect the heat sink thermal sensor, pinch its cables between your thumb and a spudger and pry the spudger upward to lift the connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.
Step 3 ¶
Remove the four 8.5 mm T8 Torx screws securing the heat sink to the logic board.
Step 4 ¶
Remove the heat sink from the logic board, minding any cables that may get caught.