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can the power supply be tested IN PLACE with volt amp meter? i can see the power supply pins after Step 3. many people i see searching for this want to know if their power supply is good or if failure is also the logic board. i would stop disassembly if logic board has failed. also would know if one had to order power supply and logic board immediately/at the same time. Thank you!
For modern Apple Mac minis (model years 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014), our unique Mac mini DC-Conversion / Linear Fan Controller Kit (MMK) performs several functions important to elevating the audio performance of this compact computer.
The MMK converts a Mac mini to operate on external 12V DC power by replacing the computer's stock switch-mode power supply with a circuit board that fits perfectly in the space vacated by the SMPS. There is no soldering and no cutting of wires required, the procedure is completely reversible, and a toolkit with detailed instructions is provided. The MMK also provides a carefully chosen amount of filtering (a pile of filter caps after a regulated external supply is not good for performance).
Conversion of a Mac mini to accept DC power is not new, and pairing the computer with a high quality external linear power supply is one of the best upgrades you can perform on this popular computer. So why choose the UpTone MMK? Because it includes the world's first and only linear fan controller circuit for Macintosh computers.
The 12V input connector to the MMK is a high quality 5.5mm x 2.5mm DC barrel jack (center pin positive). To boot and operate a Mac mini that has been converted with an MMK requires a 12V power supply capable of delivering at least 4.5 amps.The MMK also has a coaxial/SMA jack for connection of a cable to support the pseudo-Kelvin-sense feedback circuit of the UpTone Audio JS-2 choke-filtered LPS. That circuit eliminates the voltage drop of the DC supply cable and ensures instantaneous voltage regulation right at the computer end regardless of spikes in current demand. [Use of this feature is entirely optional, and the computer and board will function perfectly with a JS-2 or any other quality external DC supply even when nothing is connected to the SMA jack.]A sample from one of the many e-mails we receive about the listening results after MMK installation:"Hi Alex, Received the MMK and installed it right away tonight.And.. It's really amazing! I was already quite happy with the JS2, but this really takes it to the next level.I've mentioned before that the Weiss is extremely sensitive to power and the incoming signal.But when the signal is right, absolute magic comes out.With the fan controller installed, everthing is so much better. I actually didn't want to stop listening but I felt I had to email you.Blacker backgrounds, better dynamics and voices are so realistic it's almost scary!Absolutely the best I've ever heard from my system. No trade-offs, better on every level.Consider me a very happy customer! I'd highly recommend this to any Mac Mini user.Many thanks, best regards,Sander"
It may seem odd at first, yet the Mac mini is mostly used to power up another device making it more of a flexible purchase. For example, if you already have a screen, keyboard and mouse, you can pair these with the Mac mini instead of purchasing new ones (although you can opt for the Mac mini to arrive with them).
If you want to connect to a TV screen you may need to purchase a mini-displayport-to-VGA adapter which will allow you to connect your Mac mini to a standard analog monitor, projector, or LCD that uses a VGA connector or cable.
The Mac mini is a great way to turn any screen into a digital sign. This allows you to pre-schedule and setup content to show on your digital screen such as social media feeds, presentations, travel updates, news feeds and more. Read the full guide on setting up digital signage with the Mac mini here.
The Mac mini was among the first Macs to receive an M1 processor, and now, it could be one of the first to get the M2. Apple also never replaced the high-end Intel-based Mac mini, so rumors expect a new model with at least an M2 Pro to be announced at some point in the future.
Rumors surrounding the updated Mac mini have been scarce, with rumors initially suggesting a "pro" version of the machine would be announced in the spring. However, Apple instead announced the Mac Studio with M1 Max and M1 Ultra and left the Mac mini unchanged.
One early leak from Jon Prosser, who has been highly accurate with only a few missteps, has shown the most detailed look at the redesigned Mac mini so far. He claims the renders he shared are based on schematics leaked to him by an internal source at Apple.
According to Prosser, the new Mac mini would have a plexiglass-like top cover, use a thinner aluminum chassis, and have an underside with two rubber feet for support. The vent has been moved to the bottom, and there is no longer a plastic base for easy access to the internals.
On the back of the Mac mini, the leak showed a power button and magnetic power connector similar to the ones used on the 24-inch iMac. It also showed four USB Type-C Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, and an HDMI port. There is no headphone jack nor SD card slot, doubly confirmed by Prosser.
Prosser's design had the Thunderbolt ports too close together for cables to attach, and the magnetic power adapter seemed out of place on a small desktop. Even the Mac Studio doesn't use the new magnetic power adapter and it is much larger than the Mac mini.
The three-pronged power adapter would fit easily in the rear of a new Mac mini, and a magnetic connector doesn't seem to be solving any specific issues in the smaller desktop Mac. Despite these contradictions, Prosser and his render artist confirmed that this arrangement was precisely what was shown in the leaked documents.
Apple may use the magnetic connector for power, but it will likely not need the same 143W power supply since the Mac mini doesn't have a display. Apple could use a smaller power supply or an internal one, thus making fitting an Ethernet port somewhere on the power cable impossible.
It is also worth noting that Apple doesn't include Ethernet on its low-end iMac power supply, but the 143W is still more than needed for the tiny desktop. These reasons could explain why the Mac mini render has both a magnetic power supply and an Ethernet port on the device.
The lack of a headphone jack is also odd, considering every Mac being sold today has a headphone jack. The Mac mini has an internal speaker, but not one meant for everyday audio use like music playback. The headphone jack in the Mac mini has always been useful for adding speakers or a set of headphones without having to deal with an adapter or dock.
Both Mark Gurman and leaker Dylandkt had previously stated the new Mac mini would get the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. But those rumors were circulated before the spring Apple event. Gurman also expects the new Mac mini to arrive alongside a new Mac Pro and suggested it could use an M2 processor if not the M1 Pro or M1 Max.
Some code found in the Studio Display firmware mentions a Mac mini model that isn't on the market, the "Macmini10,1." This could be the expected M2 or M2 Pro model rumored in a March leak with the code names J473 and J474 respectively. New hardware appearing in code doesn't mean a release is imminent, but it does confirm that Apple has a new model in production.
There isn't any consensus on what chips could arrive in the new Mac mini. Since Apple is expected to move onto the M2 processor in the fall, some expect that will be the next processor, but others still think Apple could release a Mac mini with the M1 Pro and M1 Max in the summer.
Apple is expected to release a new Mac mini during a spring event in 2022 with a complete redesign...To me, two-tone colors, rubber feet, and a rearrangement of ports do not constitute a "complete redesign". A complete redesign would something like a resurrection of the Power Mac G4 "glass" Cube done right.
Hank2.0 said: Apple is expected to release a new Mac mini during a spring event in 2022 with a complete redesign...To me, two-tone colors, rubber feet, and a rearrangement of ports do not constitute a "complete redesign". A complete redesign would something like a resurrection of the Power Mac G4 "glass" Cube done right.Considering the Mac mini has looked the same since 2010 I'd call a new chassis, plastic cover, aluminum base, and new internals a redesign. There's only so many ways to design a rectangle that sits on your desk after all.Funny you mention the G4 Cube, considering that's aparently what will inspire the new Mac Pro design coming later this year.
Hopefully they keep the internal power supply. An external brick is a step backward.Also, how do you open this one? Back to the putty knife? Annoying. (And yes, I will be opening whatever Apple releases, it's part of what I do.)
Hi I have a mac mini and only have access to a 208v that has I think the c14 connections. I have the original cord and it supports 208v but doesn't connect to the c14 connectors. what is the easiest way I can connect my mac mini to it?
Yes, Macs have almost always* used auto-switching universal power supplies, so all you need is the right AC (mains) cord or plug. The connector between the AC cord and the power supply is usually a standard connector, so you don't necessarily have to buy a cable from Apple. If you do want to buy a cable from Apple, just go to store.apple.com.
The debut of Apple's M1 chips felt like one of the biggest game-changers in the consumer PC market in decades. Suddenly, this SoC (System on a Chip) offered a cheaper way to handle computing tasks that would otherwise require PCs costing several times as much. I, for one, continue to use an M1 Mac Mini as my primary photo and video editing system. That decision is what introduced me to the one very strange downgrade the M1 Mac Mini received, compared with its Intel-powered predecessor: its reduced Thunderbolt display outputs. 2b1af7f3a8