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STRONG CHEMICAL SMELL FROM NEW MAC MINI ?

2562 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: May 7, 2010 7:27 AM by avraamjack RSS
avraamjack Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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May 7, 2010 7:14 AM
Hi all,

Just bought a mini. I am very impressed with the build quality, the functionality and the BSD UNIX/Mach guts!

However, from the second I took it out of the box, it has emitted a strong offensive and very toxic smelling chemical odor. I have left it near an open window to deal with that in the hopes that it burns off.

Is that normal?

Thank you.
mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.3), just bought from McArthur store
  • Boece Level 5 Level 5 (6,245 points)
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    May 7, 2010 7:19 AM (in response to avraamjack)
    Welcome, Avraamjack.

    It's a hard question to answer, because sensitivity to smells varies hugely from person to person.

    In general, new computers have a "new computer smell", just like cars have a "new car smell".

    If the smell is really out of the ordinary for new electronic equipment, then there might be a component that is failing.

    At the very least, get a second or third opinion from some friends, or take the Mini in to an Apple store, if such is available to you.

    The Mini shouldn't smell any different from most other new computers.
    SnoLeo 10.6.3: Mini C2D 1.83 1G; Mac Mini Server; iBook G4 800, 640M, 10.3.9, Dell 1704-FPV, NeoOffice, Firefox3.6, Thunderbird, VMWare, SwiftPublisher
  • Boece Level 5 Level 5 (6,245 points)
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    May 7, 2010 7:31 AM (in response to avraamjack)
    Well, get a second opinion ... and preferably take it back to Apple.

    The Mini normally doesn't have an exceptional smell.
    SnoLeo 10.6.3: Mini C2D 1.83 1G; Mac Mini Server; iBook G4 800, 640M, 10.3.9, Dell 1704-FPV, NeoOffice, Firefox3.6, Thunderbird, VMWare, SwiftPublisher

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