Position the heat sink the same way it will permanently sit before lowering it onto the processor to avoid spreading thermal paste on regions not in contact with the processor. While holding the heat sink in place, press the four plastic posts down through the logic board to reattach the heat sink. I did not complete this guide. I'm learning from cpu-world. Does this matter in any way? Hi Richard. Thanks, John.
I'm afraid I can no longer answer the question "does it matter in any way", since I eventually upgraded to a new Mac Mini. Parallels running WinXP and some Windows-only legal software, along with Chrome with far too many tabs open, and iTunes. That proved to be too much, and it'd slow to a crawl too often. But I think the upgrade kept me on that iMac and extra two or three years, and was an interesting exercise. When going to all the trouble of replacing the CPU, a few other upgrades can be done at the same time:. This guide worked very well for me. Entire process took less than 90 minutes, and that was having to pull the upper frame a second time because I'd let the Airport antenna cable get snagged under the fan ductwork.
Select a Language: Help Translate iFixit. Walter Galan and 10 other contributors. Difficulty Difficult. Steps Time Required 45 minutes - 1 hour. Sections 4. Flags 0. Tools Buy these tools. Step 1 Top Housing. One comment.
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Step Step 16 Logic Board. Step 21 CPU. Which part are you downvoting? Select a Language: Help Translate iFixit. Back Answers Index. Mac mini Model A 1. Charlie George Rep: I have a new optical drive, will increase the memory put in a little larger drive in place of the original 60GB unit. View the answer I have this problem too Subscribed to new answers. Is this a good question?
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Chosen Solution. Was this answer helpful? Score 1. Most Helpful Answer. FrankG Rep: We mean actually, physically break something, as in snap it off or crack it. If you do, you will end up with a non-functional pile of Mini parts instead of a working computer. It is only intended to give you a general idea of the process and of the difficulties involved; it is not meant to give explicit step-by-step directions. Unfortunately, the folks at iFixit. Meromac Mini: Skips the opening steps of the disassembly but covers the critical parts with excellent pictures and good explanations.
This swap uses the Core Duo, but the process is identical for the Core 2 Duo. My Upgrade to 1. Also uses the Core Duo instead of Core 2 Duo. Not as detailed as the two sites above but includes worthwhile cautions about possible trouble spots. A digital camera is a great aid in disassembly projects like these. Take photos of each step as you go in case you forget which cable goes where or how to orient the parts.
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An overview of the basic steps: Remove the Mini's top case. Unmount the Airport antenna, remove four screws, and disconnect two cables to free the black plastic drive frame, and then lift the frame out with the hard drive and optical drive still in place. Unfortunately, you need access to the underside of the motherboard to disengage the posts holding the heatsink in place. Remove one Torx screw and disconnect two cables to free the motherboard, and slide it carefully out the front of the chassis. On the underside of the motherboard, free the four posts holding the heatsink in place, and then remove the heatsink from the top of the motherboard to reveal the CPU.
Unlock the CPU socket to free the chip and lift it out, noting the orientation of the chip as you do so. Orient the Core 2 Duo chip, set it in the socket, and lock it in place. Clean the old thermal paste from the heatsink, and apply a very thin layer of new thermal paste to replace it.
The following step is the point at which the greatest risk of damage exists, in our opinion. Go slowly and carefully. Orient the heatsink, place it on top of the CPU, and push each of the four spring-loaded posts through the motherboard until they lock into place. This step doesn't sound that difficult.