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    Quote Originally Posted by AnimeCommander View Post
    Part of my anal perfectionist nature is to make things just right for what I want or need. I want it to work "right" and without any hassle, and I'm not about to take away from what's there.
    Do it any way you want - it's your system. But hacking the front off of the Mini because the optical drive doesn't work like you want seems...errrm...a bit of a sledghammer fix for a problem that isn't that big a deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Do it any way you want - it's your system. But hacking the front off of the Mini because the optical drive doesn't work like you want seems...errrm...a bit of a sledghammer fix for a problem that isn't that big a deal.
    For my install, it may be a huge deal as the gap between the front of the drive and the surface plane can only be so small - there is no way of shrinking it any more than already planned.

    Oh and in case someone else hasn't noticed this: Below, I've marked where an eject button would go if only Apple decided that people wanted one. I'm pretty sure I'll be adding one.

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    I was referring to onepuff's comment. I just don't use the drive. Everything is digital and gets transferred by WiFi or maybe memory stick. I can't think of a single time I've use the drive in the car.
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    The lack of an eject button and any other buttons on the front is what makes it such a beautiful machine. Just trying to keep you from hacking up a piece of electronic artwork. I hope you make it look good at least. Seems like a big waste of time though. I put the mini in my car so i would never have to change discs for music or anything.

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    Also the way you are installing it looks like it will be hell to remove if you want to take it back in the house to tweek something or diagnose if something isn't working right. I love the dock i made for the mini(thanks BugByte for the inspiration for that one). I can take the mini out in about 2 seconds. It's kind of a pain to add new software in the car and make sure things are working right with a 7 or 8" screen while sitting in the driver's seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    I was referring to onepuff's comment. I just don't use the drive. Everything is digital and gets transferred by WiFi or maybe memory stick. I can't think of a single time I've use the drive in the car.
    I plan on using the drive often enough to incorporate it properly for my install. WiFi is not a good option as I live in an apartment complex and my car will be out of range. Memory sticks are a good option and I know I'll be using the at least to preplan trips.

    Quote Originally Posted by onepuff View Post
    The lack of an eject button and any other buttons on the front is what makes it such a beautiful machine. Just trying to keep you from hacking up a piece of electronic artwork. I hope you make it look good at least. Seems like a big waste of time though. I put the mini in my car so i would never have to change discs for music or anything.
    The PC in the car is not art. It's getting stuffed in to a dashboard and covered with my own faceplate. I bought the Mac Mini because it was small and a good price, not because it looks pretty. And Apple has incorporated buttons without 'disturbing the look' - just look at that rocker style mouse they have. Also if (it is still an 'if') I do remove the front, I will be doing a whole new top that will replace the clunky aluminum top and not make it look "hacked off".

    Quote Originally Posted by onepuff View Post
    Also the way you are installing it looks like it will be hell to remove if you want to take it back in the house to tweek something or diagnose if something isn't working right. I love the dock i made for the mini(thanks BugByte for the inspiration for that one). I can take the mini out in about 2 seconds. It's kind of a pain to add new software in the car and make sure things are working right with a 7 or 8" screen while sitting in the driver's seat.
    If you look at my plans, it is already set to be removable and shortening the length of the case will not interfere with that.

    EDIT: I just noticed my plans haven't been updated with my site link. I'll do that later and you can see what I mean.

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