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Use this guide to remove, strip, and replace the logic board in your Mac mini Late 2014.

Don't forget to apply a new layer of thermal compound before reassembling your Mac mini. Follow our thermal paste guide for instructions on cleaning and preparing the thermal surfaces and applying a new layer of thermal compound.

This guide was made with a Fusion Drive Mac mini, and may have more connectors and components than your model. Don't be alarmed if you're missing a hard drive or SSD connector!

  1. The bottom cover is clipped onto three screw posts.
    • The bottom cover is clipped onto three screw posts.

    • Pry near, but not right on the screw posts.

  2. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini.
    • Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini.

  3. Lift and remove the bottom cover. Lift and remove the bottom cover.
    • Lift and remove the bottom cover.

  4. Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:
    • Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:

    • Three 4.1 mm screws

    • Three 1.9 mm screws

  5. Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac mini by an antenna cable. With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.
    • Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac mini by an antenna cable.

    • With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.

  6. Remove the single 3.4 mm T6 screw and washer from the antenna cable.
    • Remove the single 3.4 mm T6 screw and washer from the antenna cable.

    • Be careful not to lose the washer when removing the screw.

  7. Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card. Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.

  8. Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case. Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.
    • Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.

  9. Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.
    • Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.

  10. Remove the two 12 mm T6 screws from the fan.
    • Remove the two 12 mm T6 screws from the fan.

    • Loosen the 27 mm T6 captive screw.

  11. The fan connector is trapped under the edge of the fan and cannot be disconnected until the fan is moved. Do not attempt to remove the fan entirely. Lift the fan straight up to free the captive screw from its hole in the logic board.
    • The fan connector is trapped under the edge of the fan and cannot be disconnected until the fan is moved.

    • Do not attempt to remove the fan entirely.

    • Lift the fan straight up to free the captive screw from its hole in the logic board.

    • Pull the fan away from the SSD until you can easily access the fan connector.

  12. Use the point of a spudger to lift the fan connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board. Use the point of a spudger to lift the fan connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the fan connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  13. Remove the fan from the Mac mini.
    • Remove the fan from the Mac mini.

  14. Remove the 2.6 mm T6 screw securing the SATA cable connector bracket.
    • Remove the 2.6 mm T6 screw securing the SATA cable connector bracket.

  15. Remove the SATA cable connector bracket. Remove the SATA cable connector bracket.
    • Remove the SATA cable connector bracket.

  16. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the SATA cable connector up off of its socket on the logic board. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the SATA cable connector up off of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the SATA cable connector up off of its socket on the logic board.

  17. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the IR sensor cable connector by prying it straight up from its socket. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the IR sensor cable connector by prying it straight up from its socket.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the IR sensor cable connector by prying it straight up from its socket.

  18. The following three steps only apply to Mac minis equipped with a PCIe SSD. Skip the next three steps if your Mac mini only has a hard drive.
    • The following three steps only apply to Mac minis equipped with a PCIe SSD. Skip the next three steps if your Mac mini only has a hard drive.

    • Remove the two 2.6 mm T6 screws securing the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

  19. Remove the PCIe SSD cable bracket. Remove the PCIe SSD cable bracket.
    • Remove the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

  20. Lift the PCIe SSD connector up off its socket. Lift the PCIe SSD connector up off its socket.
    • Lift the PCIe SSD connector up off its socket.

  21. Remove the single 16 mm T6 screw securing the logic board.
    • Remove the single 16 mm T6 screw securing the logic board.

    • To remove the logic board, the two cylindrical rods of the Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool must be inserted into the holes highlighted in red. Inserting instruments into any logic board holes other than the ones highlighted in red may destroy the logic board.

    • Insert the Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure the rods make contact with the case under the logic board before proceeding.

  22. Carefully pull the tool toward the I/O board. The logic board and I/O board assembly should slightly slide out of the outer case. Cease prying when the removal tool makes contact with the opening in the rear case. Remove the Mac mini Logic Board Removal tool.
    • Carefully pull the tool toward the I/O board. The logic board and I/O board assembly should slightly slide out of the outer case.

    • Cease prying when the removal tool makes contact with the opening in the rear case.

    • Remove the Mac mini Logic Board Removal tool.

  23. Pull the DC-In cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board. Pull the DC-In cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Pull the DC-In cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  24. Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the Mac mini, minding any cables that may get caught. Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the Mac mini, minding any cables that may get caught.
    • Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the Mac mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  25. Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board: Four 8.6 mm T8 Torx screws
    • Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board:

    • Four 8.6 mm T8 Torx screws

    • One 2.9 mm T6 Torx screw

    • Be careful not to lose the springs held beneath each of the T8 heat sink screws, they may fall off of the screws as you remove them.

    • During reassembly, tighten these screws evenly to ensure the heat sink stays flat against the CPU.

  26. Remove the heat sink from the logic board. If the heat sink appears to be stuck to the logic board after removing all screws, it may be helpful to use a spudger to separate the two components. Don't reassemble your Mac mini without applying a new layer of thermal paste.We have a thermal paste guide to show you how.
    • Remove the heat sink from the logic board.

    • If the heat sink appears to be stuck to the logic board after removing all screws, it may be helpful to use a spudger to separate the two components.

    • Don't reassemble your Mac mini without applying a new layer of thermal paste.We have a thermal paste guide to show you how.

  27. Remove the following T6 Torx screws from the I/O port antenna cables:
    • Remove the following T6 Torx screws from the I/O port antenna cables:

    • Three 2.8 mm screws with washers

    • One 3.4 mm screw

    • One 2.7 mm screw

  28. Use the point of a spudger to lift the power switch cable connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board. Use the point of a spudger to lift the power switch cable connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the power switch cable connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  29. Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connectors up off of their sockets on the AirPort card. Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connectors up off of their sockets on the AirPort card. Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connectors up off of their sockets on the AirPort card.
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connectors up off of their sockets on the AirPort card.

  30. Remove the four 2.7 mm T6 Torx screws holding the I/O bezel to the logic board.
    • Remove the four 2.7 mm T6 Torx screws holding the I/O bezel to the logic board.

  31. Remove the foam bumper from between the I/O bezel and USB ports. Remove the foam bumper from between the I/O bezel and USB ports.
    • Remove the foam bumper from between the I/O bezel and USB ports.

  32. Pull the I/O bezel off of the logic board, minding any cables that may get caught. Try not to handle the small steel tabs on the logic board and I/O bezel, as oils from your fingers may cause interference issues. Before installing the logic board assembly, clean the metal tabs to remove any oils transferred during the removal process.
    • Pull the I/O bezel off of the logic board, minding any cables that may get caught.

    • Try not to handle the small steel tabs on the logic board and I/O bezel, as oils from your fingers may cause interference issues. Before installing the logic board assembly, clean the metal tabs to remove any oils transferred during the removal process.

  33. Remove the following T6 Torx screws securing the speaker to the logic board:
    • Remove the following T6 Torx screws securing the speaker to the logic board:

    • One 3.6 mm screw

    • One 3.6 mm large headed screw

  34. Do not attempt to remove the speaker entirely as it is still attached to the logic board. Nudge the speaker gently out of the way to allow access to the speaker's connector.
    • Do not attempt to remove the speaker entirely as it is still attached to the logic board.

    • Nudge the speaker gently out of the way to allow access to the speaker's connector.

  35. Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully lift the speaker connector up out of its socket on the logic board. Remove the speaker from the logic board. Remove the speaker from the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully lift the speaker connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Remove the speaker from the logic board.

  36. Remove the 2.7 mm T5 screw securing the AirPort card.
    • Remove the 2.7 mm T5 screw securing the AirPort card.

  37. Lift the free end of the AirPort card enough to grasp it by the edges. Pull the AirPort card straight out of its socket on the logic board and remove it from the Mac Mini. Pull the AirPort card straight out of its socket on the logic board and remove it from the Mac Mini.
    • Lift the free end of the AirPort card enough to grasp it by the edges.

    • Pull the AirPort card straight out of its socket on the logic board and remove it from the Mac Mini.

Заключение

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Комментариев: 4

is there any internal battery on the logic board..

sokratis162 - Ответить

Are all Mac Mini cases the same from 2011 on? Could I take out my 2011 guts and put in one from 2014?

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hello a question as it is called the piece that contains the hard disk?

Miguel - Ответить

It is called a hard drive tray or hard drive carrier. You can find the guide to remove it here.

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