Mac mini Modding

Posted by: whitlock

Mac mini Modding - 03/20/05 02:57 PM

Found this on TUAW. After reading it, all that can be expressed from me is a BFEG ::

I spoke with the product manager for the Mac mini today to clarify a few facts.

1. Yes, it will boot headless, meaning with no display or video device connected, enabling you to have what I like to call an iServe.

2. While it is strongly recommended that you only have an Apple Authorized Service Provider crack it open and install RAM, hard drives, Airport and Bluetooth, it will NOT void your warranty if you do it yourself. As is standard operating procedure, however, anything you break while attempting anything on your own is not Apple’s responsibility and will not be covered under warranty. I think that is pretty much common sense.

3. Airport and Bluetooth can, in fact, be added after purchase. AirPort Extreme card and Bluetooth module attach to the Mac mini’s motherboard via a special connector and will be sold together as a kit for $129.mac mini insides

4. RAM is the most accessible upgrade once you get the case off. That much is clear from the picture.

5. All upgrades other than RAM are not as accessible, but accessing them won’t void your warranty, with list item #2 above in mind.

6. The reason the TOP of the Mac mini doesn’t glow and pulse (this is my only gripe so far) is that there wasn’t enough room to light it once the optical drive went in smile

Why I edited :: Forgot link to TUAW

Post edited by: whitlock, at: 2005/03/20 14:58
Posted by: zenstate

Re:Mac mini Modding - 03/20/05 06:43 PM

number 2 is good news. people should be able to upgrade hardware on their own without voiding the warranty. I plan to buy a mini soon and I am going to upgrade its internal hd to a 7200rpm with 8mb buffer and upgrade the ram to 1GB. I plan on turning the original drive into an external since 2.5" fw/usb2 cases are so cheap now. not sure yet if i'm getting the 1.25 or the 1.42 model.
Posted by: whitlock

Re:Mac mini Modding - 03/20/05 11:38 PM

Zenstate, tell me when you're ready for the 2.5" enclosure. I'm going to get one soon and I'm picky as hell, so if I see a good one at a decent price, I'll PM you.

Also, thanks to the automotive industry, we can thank that #2 won't be voided by any warranty. Thank you gearheads!

/gearheads are modders of cars wink