Ancient Mac Mini A1176 - Opened and Disassembled
I’ve always wanted one of these. When the Mac Mini first came out the idea of having a mini computer was a novel idea. Having a Mac also sounded like loads of fun. The design was beautiful. I wanted one of these so badly. They originally came with a G4 processor but were transition over to Intel not too long after the first model was released.
Apparently the original G4s from 2005 are going for vaguely around $300 or so depending on the condition and what is included ( June 2020 ). The slightly newer model that I bought (2006 to 2007) comes with an Intel Core Duo or Core Solo. It goes for about $50 if it is working. Mine was listed “as is” and didn’t include a power adapter. It was about $30 including shipping and about $15 before shipping.
This isn’t the first Mac Mini I’ve owned I still have a 2011 Mac Mini which is also awesome. The design is great but isn’t quite the same as the original.
I bought this primarily for the purpose of taking it apart. After that I figured that I might try to get it working and after that I would use it as basically a $30 paper weight. It is most likely going to just sit on my shelf.
Here is the video of us taking it apart:
It is worth noting that we could have had a much easier time if we had used the correct tool to open it.
Update: It Works
After ordering a power adapter for it (about $17 I think) we were able to try actually turning it on. I was not surprised to find that it actually worked.