Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

New Mac Mini

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • New Mac Mini

    Hey Guys just wanted to know if anyone was planning on putting the new mac mini in their car and if so how are you going to power it? with an inverter? or do you think some one will come out with a solutions like the carnetix mac pack cable?

  • #2
    This is a tricky one. The new MacMini could well have written a bleek future for the "Mac-Car scene." Im guessing allot of people wont be to happy about putting an inverter in there car. And the current "MacPacks" certainly wont work with the new mini.

    But on the otherhand, maybe this will be positive. Just maybe, Given the Astonishingly small form factor and quite respectable hardware specs, people may not give up hope just yet.

    I For one will be keen to buy one and put it through its paces. Ill even investigate the possibilty of bypassing the inbuilt rectifier and DC powering it. If that fails it will make a freaking sweet HTPC!!!!!!!

    But i guess only time will tell.


    Here are the Details:

    Size and weight

    Height:
    3.6 cm (1.4 inches)
    Width:
    19.7 cm (7.7 inches)
    Depth:
    19.7 cm (7.7 inches)
    Weight:
    1.37 kg (3.0 pounds)

    Audio

    Audio line in minijack (digital/analog)
    Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)
    HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
    Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone

    Peripheral connections

    One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
    Four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)

    Processor and memory


    2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    3MB on-chip shared L2 cache
    1066MHz frontside bus
    2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 8GB

    Storage


    320GB or 500GB Serial ATA hard disk drive6
    8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW and DVD+RW; 24x CD
    Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 6x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW; 8x DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 24x CD-RW

    Graphics and video support


    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory4
    Mini DisplayPort with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution
    HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution
    DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (included)
    VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
    Support for extended desktop and video mirroring across both ports
    SD card slot

    Comment


    • #3
      we just bought a ton of new mac equipment for the office and a new mac mini is in the order so were going to rip it apart and see what we can do as of right now the inverter looks like the easiest way but not the correct way haha

      Comment


      • #4
        Expensive, is how it looks to me. I bought one a couple years ago for $500 and the price keeps going up.
        Originally posted by ghettocruzer
        I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
        Want to:
        -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
        -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

        Comment


        • #5
          First and foremost, I am not too surprised I come here, and this thread has already been started.

          Secondly, after looking at the site, the new mini is gorgeous, and something I might consider as a house computer to link my HDTV to.

          Third, as far as using this in a car goes, the inverter doesn't sit well with me. I use one for emergencies ONLY, and don't feel it sitting well on a long term basis powering this particular Mini.

          Having said that, Carnetix or someone has to come pretty darn good to create something to work with it.
          All systems are a go...
          Currently in "tweaking" mode.

          The Worklog

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by Project07MACry View Post

            Third, as far as using this in a car goes, the inverter doesn't sit well with me. I use one for emergencies ONLY, and don't feel it sitting well on a long term basis powering this particular Mini.

            Having said that, Carnetix or someone has to come pretty darn good to create something to work with it.
            Ya the inverter doesn't sit good with me either. But my team and i were looking at the teardown from iFixit and we might have a solution No full details yet until we get it running in our company car. Apple invoice says it should come on tuesday or wednesday.

            I'm sure carnetix will eventually come out with something native and easy to use with it. but hacking and splicing i think is inevitable

            Comment


            • #7
              It would appear that the mini's new power supply putts out Regulated 12v @ 7amps!!! (Which i might add is only 84Watts!!!!!!) And it is completely seperated from the logic board and other associated hardware. I can also confirm that the new mini uses the same connector for the power button as the previous two generations, meaning that the carnetix 'y-cable' will work with the 2010 mini. This means that the current range of PSUs will work with the new mini after a few small mods.

              Houston we have a solution!!!

              I can see Carnetix or someone coming out with a complete change over option for the mini, with integrate start-up shut-down controller. Hmmm maybe i should design one.....

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Lachie View Post
                Hmmm maybe i should design one.....
                Perhaps we can arrange some sort of funding for you since we'll have the software and you'll have the hardware... but just looking at our PC setup we can use our M4ATX and just get a + and a - from the 32Pin connector and put it to the mini's power supply bypassing the transformers that take the 120V and turn it into 12V. if you hook it up into parallel it should work and then use the M4ATX on off controller (2pin) and the mac mini has a 2 pin on the motherboard for the power switch... YAY!

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                  Expensive, is how it looks to me. I bought one a couple years ago for $500 and the price keeps going up.
                  +1 and $500 is almost too much for that hardware.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Machinehead View Post
                    +1 and $500 is almost too much for that hardware.
                    You're obviously not a mac fan.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bluehawk View Post
                      We can use our M4ATX and just get a + and a - from the 32Pin connector and put it to the mini's power supply bypassing the transformers that take the 120V and turn it into 12V.
                      If only reverse engineering one was that easy... You would have to isolate the 120-240 ac side from the Regulated 12v DC side of things. Otherwise you will risk losses and interference. Id need a good look at one of the PSUs before i can give a confident solution.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lachie View Post
                        You're obviously not a mac fan.
                        I'm a huge Mac fan, but it's waay too expensive and for...what? The 'classic' mini was a good hardware package - small form factor, low power, WiFi, Bluetooth, DVD burner for a good price.

                        $499 is an okay price for that package but $699 is too much. The only viable FE for the Mac is ICE3, which can run on a slower, cheaper Mini and if you want to run Linux or Windows on it, you can get cheaper packages for Intel boards.

                        I can't believe I just wrote this post.
                        Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                        I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
                        Want to:
                        -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
                        -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Lachie View Post
                          You're obviously not a mac fan.
                          Yet I have a mac mini as my CarPC.


                          The irony.....


                          Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                          if you want to run Linux or Windows on it, you can get cheaper packages for Intel boards.
                          That boot faster and have less compatibility issues.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            so we picked up the new mac mini and ripped it apart and it looks like it can be done using the M4ATX and a lot of slicing and soldering. i'll take some pics of the process once we start.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              My 12 cents!

                              I can't believe I just wrote this post.
                              To tell you the truth, I can't believe it either!!
                              **rotfl**

                              I finally got to check out the New and Old Generation of minis side by side, and I thought I'd share it with you guys:


                              At 7 X 7, this has got to be the coolest and slimmest looking unit I've seen! I know that $700 seems like a lot BugByte, but I guess we all can chalk that one up to elegance.




                              Despite its elegance, the original Mini wins in footprint.

                              The rear ends of the computers...


                              As you can tell, the fan vent area is so small, it's highly unlikely wires can successfully pass through them.


                              This will most likely be where the ingenuity comes in. This base turns so that you can access memory and such. The white circle must be positioned where my finger is so you can pull off the base.


                              The mini, without the base. Yup, if Carnetix is to do something, it may start not only with the power plug, but with a substitute base, with holes drilled for the Y-cable adapter, and external power button.


                              The minis once again. While for some who put it in a compartment may enjoy the slim new mini, the size of the old one still makes me proud to have the original design!
                              All systems are a go...
                              Currently in "tweaking" mode.

                              The Worklog

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X