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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    Expensive, is how it looks to me. I bought one a couple years ago for $500 and the price keeps going up.
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    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.

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    Quote 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

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    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.....

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    Quote 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!

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    Quote 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.

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

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