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    Question Is it worth getting a 2011 mini repaired?
    My mid 2011 mini won't power up at all. It doesn't even give a whimper when I push the power button.

    While I was away a couple of months ago, there was a severe thunderstorm (yes, we get them in California), and despite a UPS and surge suppression, and no extremely close lightning strikes (according to my wife), it apparently got zapped during this event. (There was a lot of lightning, so it's possible that spikes could have entered the grid from nearby.) My research indicates probably one of two scenarios: power supply or logic board.

    I'm wondering if it's worth it to taking it in and having it checked out, considering the cost of diagnosis and possible repair. From what I've been able to discern, a dead power supply wouldn't be as expensive as a toasted logic board to repair. But considering the age of the machine, is it worth it? Or should I just get a used 2012, since the 2014s are less flexible, what with soldered RAM and no room for a second SATA drive (don't get me started). (A while ago, I replaced the HDD (which became an excellent prime rib roast) with an SSD, which made a huge difference in speed and response (and heat)).

    Due to space in my home office, and limited display space, an iMac or MacBook is not an option (especially the latter with the lack of F keys, which I need for my work for terminal emulation). And as yummy as the Mac Pro looks, yeah, at $3K starting, that's not gonna happen.

    Thank you in advance for advice (and corrections).

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    I would say with the suspected thunderstorm related possibility...something may have been damaged. If you were to attempt any repairs...a DIY repair probably the way to go (lower cost). As soon as you start getting professionals involved (other than free estimates & maybe free diagnosis)...the costs (parts & labor) could easily exceed the value of the Mini.

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    Since you are out of warranty, I would suggest (if you are handy) to open up the case and assess the damage (if discernible) using the breakdown guides on iFixit.com for your vintage Mac Mini. If you see any sort of scorching on the logicboard (around the power connectors) then that will determine your course of action.

    Hopefully your power supply took the brunt of the shock and didn't pass it along and you can potentially replace that yourself as well.

    The logicboard is the most expensive part of these machines and getting a replacement one will likely cost a good portion of a new(er) Mac Mini, in which case you are better of upgrading instead of spending any more money on this machine.
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    Y'all are thinking the same things I am (great minds, etc.).

    I removed the cover and I saw nothing obvious, but didn't dive in too far. I'll go deeper later this week. (Those iFixIt videos were my friend when I replaced the drive. So well done.)

    One question - is the not-wall end of the power cord a standard of some sort? I think I've seen cords with that adapter before before (not the ones that have one side squared off due to a ground link). It does look suspiciously like one of my laptop power supply cables. I didn't rule out a zapped power cord (hey, it happens). That would be the cheapest to repair.

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    Start with the cheapest, easiest thing and go from there. If a cable replacement will get you back in business, hooray!!
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    My mid 2011 mini won't power up at all. It doesn't even give a whimper when I push the power button.

    While I was away a couple of months ago, there was a severe thunderstorm (yes, we get them in California), and despite a UPS and surge suppression, and no extremely close lightning strikes (according to my wife), it apparently got zapped during this event. (There was a lot of lightning, so it's possible that spikes could have entered the grid from nearby.) My research indicates probably one of two scenarios: power supply or logic board.

    Any chance that your home insurance may pay to cover the repairs — or replacement???




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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Any chance that your home insurance may pay to cover the repairs — or replacement???

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    Very good point! It's definitely worth checking.
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    Any chance that your home insurance may pay to cover the repairs — or replacement???
    Not likely as most home owner's insurance policies have a deductible. I went thru the same thing around 15 years ago when lightning stuck a nearby house (not mine). The surge destroyed two TV sets in my home along with an air conditioning motor and a telephone modem. Total bill was over $700 for repairs and replacements. My insurance has a 1% deductible which is based on the appraised value of your home. My deductible was higher than the cost of repairs/replacement.

    Unless he had some other type of insurance or a policy with no deductible, he would have to pay for the repair or replacement.

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