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    Can you tell what it is yet?
    Someone brought this in for repair... For some weird reason it kept overheating and wouldn't work properly...






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    You have to wonder where he was using it? I haven't seen filthy dirt clogged electronics since I left Hawaii. How old is the Mini?

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    Holy crud Batman! It looks like they used it to shave a Wookie.

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    Most of it was nicotine. The mini must have been smoking more than its owner.

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    Yeah, I've seen computers that look like that before. It's nasty - and you'll never get the smell out either. I had an Amiga 2000 back in the day that I bought used. Got it for a decent price, but when it warmed up, it always had a bit of an odor to it. Try as I might to clean it, it just never cleared up.

    Amazing that people walk around drawing that tar into their lungs.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    jeeez. that is one dirty mac mini.
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    We're witnessing the birth of a brand new ecosystem in that machine.

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    Did you solve the overheating
    Looks like it's been stored in my daughters room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyBe View Post
    Most of it was nicotine. The mini must have been smoking more than its owner.
    Wow! Seriously??? You should send that to the American Lung Association...might make an effective anti-smoking ad. Here's your computer on second hand smoke... That's just amazing.

    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Amazing that people walk around drawing that tar into their lungs.
    Indeed!

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    That is truly a sight to see. I'm kinda hoping you wore some protective gear. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevriano View Post
    Did you solve the overheating
    Yeah... took about an hour to completely strip and clean it, but it worked fine afterwards. All except the DVD drive - no matter how much cleaning, it had succum to the dirt... No doubt it'll be back this time next year looking just the same

    The photos were taken primarily to show the customer why using their Mac as an ashtray isn't such a great idea lol.

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    I guess the owner though that Mac mini was Mac mini-vac.

    You should give it back with a nicotine patch on it.

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    Yeah...unfortunately I purchased an old Powermac G4 a while back that was owned by a pretty heavy smoker...and every time I fire it up...YUCK...old cigarette odor!

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    It kind of looks like moss or some kind of fungus. >_>"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevriano View Post
    Did you solve the overheating
    Looks like it's been stored in my daughters room.
    Umm...eww? I'd hate to see what your daughters room looks like.

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