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439 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2012 9:39 PM by stevejobsfan0123 RSS
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Dec 13, 2012 2:31 PM

Hey, I recently spilt a soft drink over my mac mini, I have dried it out for 5 days in rice and it works as usual apart from when I plug it in the fan roars and wont stop. I have tried several fac control programs such as smc fan control etc. None have had any effect at all. What should I do? Before anybody mentions it I have reset the smc several times and nothing has changed. Thanks In advance.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,615 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 2:56 PM (in response to theoscy)

    You may have damaged a fan sensor  or a fan itself. If that is the case then a hardware repair is necessary. Of course if your machine was under warranty or AppleCare you have invalidated both as water damage is not covered, it's considered owner abuse.

     

    However I would recommend doing a SMC Reset at least 2-3 times.  For instructions on how to do this reset Google:

     

    Intel iMac SMC reset.

     

    Good luck!

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to theoscy)

    Running a mini without a fan, though on a different cost scale, would be like driving your car without coolant. Sooner or later, you will pay dearly. Also, at some point, that fan may fail in its current state.

     

    If you live near an Apple store, set an appointment for them to evaluate your mini fan issue, and if necessary, provide a repair estimate. It is better to be proactive than stare at a paperweight you could have prevented.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,520 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 3:26 PM (in response to theoscy)

    It is not wise to disable your fan even were you able to do so.   Forgive me being blunt but the choice may well be between an official repair - or all too soon, a new machine.  Viking OSX is correct. 

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,615 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 10:28 PM (in response to theoscy)

    Get the machine professionally repaired, anything else is dumb!

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 16, 2012 6:10 AM (in response to theoscy)

    Apple is the one brand of computers which maintains a decent resell value. Even if it were possible to disable the fan (which software author would DARE offering such "tool"...), why burn your dollars this way?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,415 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 3:26 PM (in response to theoscy)

    Yes. Just open it up and cut the wires.

     

    Then watch it melt.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,520 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 3:27 PM (in response to theoscy)

    Yes.   But at your peril.

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 9:36 PM (in response to theoscy)

    Absolutely yes. If you want to kill the fan itself as well, just hit it with a hammer.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,500 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to LousyFool)

    Well, sure, if you want to be direct

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