Mac Mini help pleeease?

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  1. iridium130

    iridium130 OT Supporter

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    Here's the skinny:

    My mom's G4 Mac Mini recently started acting funny while I was overseas. I got back today and checked it out and I was pleasantly surprised to come home to this:

    - When I start booting it up the fan runs really loudly. Like really loudly.
    - After OS X finishes boots up to the desktop, it finishes loading all the icons and the computer suddenly shuts itself down.

    Suggestions? :hsd:
     
  2. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    Sounds like the heatsink might have come loose.
     
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    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    Hmmm, I know OS X will shut down the computer as a preventive measure, but it doesnt seem like it's on long enough to heat up.

    *sigh* Might have to bring this one in to an Apple service center
     
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    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    You'd be suprised how fast processors heat up ;)
     
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    Word.

    No heatsink + no preventative throttling or shutdown = toast in seconds in many cases. That proc doesn't use a lot of power, hence not a lot of heat dissipation, but still... poor contact seems the likely cause here. Not hard to take apart though if you're inclined. I did it :cool:

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    Get a thin putty knife if you decide to open it up. There's a good video online somewhere of the process...scary at first but once you get it open it's not too bad.
     

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