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Thread: Coming Soon - "MacPac" Mac mini power cable for P1900

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    what makes the macintel power dif from the other mac minis?
    Different iSense value.
    Pretty please write-up the DIY for the part in BOLD though.
    We've posted some pics of the mod HERE

    Sounds like it was a bear to line up all of the suppliers and get permission to sell this thing.
    Understatement of 2006...
    Great... What's next ;-)
    What would you like?
    Where can I preorder ?
    Send an email to MP3Car.com.
    MikeH

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    You guys want to buy a mac mini intel power supply Heck Ill even trade my mini power supply for one of these cables.

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    Great to see the cable available, it was the one thing putting us off getting the P1900 for our demo intel Mac Mini as we tend to move the mini in and out of the vehicle all the time for transferring large files and even as a mac dealer a new power supply is still expensive! We will be putting a power supply and cable on order asap when available.

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    Hi

    When can i buy this "MacPac" from mp3car store (or in another store ?!)?!


    I'm sorry for my bad english...i'm italian

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH
    Guys, **updated info 5/15/06 **

    FINALLY! Soon we will be formally announcing the "MacPac" power cable assembly, but I wanted to give you guys an early peek. To answer your four obvious questions: 1) about 4 weeks from now (end of May), 2) $24.95, 3) the MacPac is a cable "kit" that includes the power button Y-cable (so you don't need to buy both), and 4)works with P1900 and Mac mini (not yet Intel mini, although if you are good with a soldering iron, you can mod the P1900 to work with the MacIntel. The mod is posted below),

    Sorry it took us so long (lot's of custom work and corporate OK's involved). And sorry to those of you who had to cut the cable (But look on the bright side... you've had the benefit of using your CarMini since you took the plunge!).

    Anyway, hope this helps those of you who are nervous about the power wiring.

    Enjoy!

    MikeH
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    Here is the mod for using the MacPac power cable with the MacIntel mini. Be careful with your soldering iron!
    http://www.carnetix.com/p1900/cables...Mod/index.html
    Wholly moley that is some small soldering. Is there any reason why we couldnt solder directly to the pins that lead to the circuit board from the back of the connector?? Also what wattage pen and solder do you recommend for something that tiny?

    PS: Any GA locals who can solder that small? I through a few bux your way if you can help a the car pc meet this Saturday

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    Any idea when you'll make a Mac Pac for the Mac Intel Mini?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippy911
    Wholly moley that is some small soldering. Is there any reason why we couldnt solder directly to the pins that lead to the circuit board from the back of the connector?? Also what wattage pen and solder do you recommend for something that tiny?
    It's not so bad. I'm sure you have some sacrifical circuit board you can practice with. Your best bet is to get a tiny amount of solder on each lead of the resistor, then hold it on right spot and apply heat until the solder melts. The tricky part is holding it still until the solder sets again. A good set of clamps is way better than a shakey hand

    Most people would tell you to use a 15watt iron for something like that. I can't get solder to melt with those though. I use a 30watt all the time on stuff that small, you just A) have to have a fine tip for it and B) don't hold it there too long as you can over heat your components (or so i'm told, never done it myself).

    In regard to attaching to the leads for the plug. If you look at it, the iSense lead is in the lower row of pins (2nd in from the right IIRC). Getting it attached without shorting out to the hot pin next to it would be tough (can be done, but i'd rather do as Mike's pics show). Not to mention that getting your iron in there is going to be fun too.

    -dave
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    Availabilty

    When can we expect this available for purchase??

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    Any idea when you'll make a Mac Pac for the Mac Intel Mini?
    Tha MacPac is compatible with the Mac Intel mini. It's the P1900 that requires a mod.
    When can we expect this available for purchase??
    1) about 4 weeks from now (end of May),
    MikeH

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH
    Tha MacPac is compatible with the Mac Intel mini. It's the P1900 that requires a mod.

    ah.. okay, when can we expect the p1900 MkII that will work with the Mac Intel Mini? I don't have access to someone who can soider....

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