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    Yes. Their Tech support doesn't even have information on the AC adapter yet. It's a bit too early for details to propagate thru the organizaiton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH
    I can't really give you a date yet because of a number of variables.

    However, the biggest concern is the lack of an appropriate Power connector and ACPI connector. If we can't identify these, you will have to:

    1) Cut your power cable from your AC adapter and splice it to the P1900 (this is what I have done for testing...not recommended for the faint of heart).
    I dunno. This doesn't sound too bad. I'd do it. The only reason I'd be buying the mini is to put it in my car. Considering all the hacking, soldering, and splicing I've done to my present PC, I'd have no hesitation cutting it.

    What you could do to make it less traumatic to those who don't share my view is supply a nice looking quality plug and socket to allow you to switch between the car supply and the AC brick. That way cutting the power cord doesn't permanently disable the use of the computer on AC.
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    I have to disagree, I wouldnt want to cut the wire for the soul fact that I plan on taking the machine in the house every once in a while and I don't really wanna have to buy a replacement cable for it. hmm if only we could get something outta mac tec department for once.

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    I plan on taking the machine in the house every once in a while and I don't really wanna have to buy a replacement cable for it
    I think this is what BugByte is saying. If you add a molex on both the cut-end of the AC brick and the same molex to the output cable of theP1900, the mating molex on the cut-off cable will fit either the AC brick (for inside use) or the P1900 (for in-car use).

    Does this make sense?
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    I get ya! This would be something my uncle would be able to do in about 5 minutes, but thats because he has all the stuff and the experience to cut and add connectors and such, I don't think the average user is going to want to mess around with anything like that though. But that is one bridge almost crossed hehe.

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    4.6A?! Good god that seems high. Can someone explain this...
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    I'm not sure if you all have thought of this- or if it's a completely implausible idea but do you think you could buy some extra power supplies and just mod them and re sell them for car use? So that way the end user wouldn't have to get their hand's dirty? I'm a newbie to most of this stuff so that sounds like a good option for which I would pay little extra. If not I'll have to bite the bullet and learn to solder.

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    I spent over an hour on the phone with Mac tech support trying to by an extra AC adapter. They finally concluded that it was "not yet in the system" and told me to call back in another week or so. The couldn't even tell me the price.... When I get this information, I'll let you know.
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    I just wanted to say "Thanks Mike". I know you're selling these devices so it is in your best interest to get the issues sorted, but I also expect if your motivation was money there are other things you could better spend your time on.

    So, thanks for working out a power solution and saving me the hassle.

    ~Blake

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    Thank you also Mike for your dedicated research to bring a viaable DC power solution to the Mac Mini:-)

    If you need any of my help (I work with CDW as one of my work's vendors, who is apple's largest reseller), I can see if they can get in from another route.
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