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    Quote 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.

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    Quote 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lachie View Post
    You're obviously not a mac fan.
    Yet I have a mac mini as my CarPC.


    The irony.....


    Quote 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Thanks for the photos. For some reason I was previously under the impression that it was the same footprint but thinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engadget
    Obviously the major portion of the case is the aluminum unibody, which is thinner than the previous-gen at an inch and a quarter, but slightly bigger around at seven by seven inches square. Apple tells us the new and old minis are essentially the same size by volume; you might think of the new mini as being a flattened-out version of the old.
    Orientation and location will determine if the new minis will be better suited for in car use in terms of physical mounting space. Overall it looks like a great low power machine... the downfalls are the integrated psu and the PRICE!! Guess i'll continue to settle for low cost, low power, low bling-bling wintels.

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    So.... Looking to get my Mac Mini next month. Of course I would love an aluminium one, any updates on installation in car?
    Thanks
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    Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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    Yup we got it in!! We fried one bought another one and it works!! Take a look at our website under news. Bluehawksolutions.com

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    Nice, love the setup.
    How easy is the Mac mini to remove and power at home? That was one of the main things that attract me to the older Mac mini
    Car: Ford Focus
    Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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