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|Mac mini Model A1176||
A couple of weeks ago we had had a power spike in the night. End result, our 5 year old Mac Mini that still does sterling service as a media centre (thanks Plex!), burnt out its fan and overheated to the point of powering off the next time we used it.
Opening this generation of Mac Mini feels intimidating at first but I've used ifixit's excellent guides to pull this critter apart a few times to add memory, replace the optical and hard drives. Because of this I knew the fan would be a (ahem) breeze. Sure enough, the guide made sure I didn't end up with parts left over or any other surprises.
Thanks to this, the Mac Mini is once again nestled next to the TV ready to play media once more!
Oh, and did I mention parts? You guys had snappingly fast delivery to regional Australia, thank you!
Three things, if I may:
1. try using iStat Pro to verify that the fan has failed - it'll show 0rpm,
2. ifixit rocks for their guides and very fast parts delivery,
3. work like an astronaut on EVA. Take your time, go by the checklist, don't jump ahead or hurry on the reassembly, and no-one/nothing dies. :-)
My Mac Mini (2007) had become very loud. You could hear the whine from the fan whenever it was running bigger jobs.
I also had tried to upgrade to OSX Lion. When I tried to it said I needed more than the 1GB I had in the the machine. I had some ram handy so I wanted to upgrade from 1GB to 4GB.
The repair went very well. The instructions and pictures were very handy and helped a lot in the disassembly.
I have a couple of things. The tiny black connectors (power I think) are very tight. I had to remove about 3 of them and the tweezers were really not all that helpful. Good strong fingernails were the key.
Also when putting the internal frame back onto the main board of the mac mini, put the 4 screws in place before you drop it down. If you try to put the screws on after you put the the internal frame, you will never get the screws to go into the holes. I tried for 15 minutes to get 1 screw into a hole, until I decided it just would not work. So I took the internal frame back out and dropped the screws in first and that worked fine.
The fan was failing... so I needed to change it!
Pretty fast! no problem
Don't worry, just chek out your order, an faster than you think twice, you'll have it to change it!
Using an old mac mini as a lossless music server, the noisy fan in my mac mini spoilt my listening. A replacement fan from ifixit was ordered and promptly delivered.
Installation not the easiest job; step by step ifixit guide was easy to follow, informative and very comprehensive. Complete success and our noisy 'ol blighter has been silenced.
If using a mac as a music server, reducing background noise is critical. The hard disk and fan are likely to be the noisiest components in a mac mini- simply replace the fan and install a Solid State Drive. The silence is golden....
It has been running for 4 years and sounded like it was on its way to die.
Excellent - really not a big deal using the guide from iFixit
My MacMini had another number (A1174 I believe) but it was the same fan anyway.
i've been running a rig with 2 Mac Mini's. i need one to run Windows on for my work platform, and another one because i hate Windows for my personal computing. the older one i use for Windows was running hot. it needed a new fan. it can't die. i must work!! with this fix in place, it keeps on trucking. so much better than buying a new one!
newer is not always better. if it can work good, let it. fix it don't trash it. let it be it's purpose.