ADC, DVI, and the Intel Mac Mini

For those of you (or your clients) who have old ADC cinema displays and wish to upgrade computers, but not spend the money to get a new screen, there is way to continue using your Apple Display Connector (ADC) screen.

Here is a picture of the ADC:


Here is the article on how to make it work:

Apple Display Connector (ADC) Displays on DVI Machines

Can’t Connect Apple Cinema Displays to new DVI machines?

So I had recently purchased a new Intel Mac Mini for one of my clients. After much wait, it arrived and so I configured it and installed applications that he would need. So I bring the completed Mac Mini to his office to switch out the PowerMac G5 he currently has and use his existing Cinema Display, I run into a slight problem, the cord on the Cinema Display doesn’t fit the DVI port on the Mac Mini!


So I quickly ran to Fry’s Electronics to see if they had an ADC to DVI convertor. Nope. Searching Apple’s Store site with the assistance from my friend/co-worker, we were able to find an adapter that Apple makes: DVI to ADC Adapter. Perfect! The cost of it was $99, a bit steep but considering the cost of the 30 inch cinema display…well worth it.


Intel Mac: Installing RAM in a Mac Mini


Installing RAM into an Intel Mac Mini is the same as the previous generation Mini with a few key differences: certain items such as the RAM slot is located in a different area. Opening the Mac Mini remains the same.


There are two methods to accomplish the opening of the Mac Mini: the Putty Tool Technique and the Network Cable Pull Technique. I personally prefer the Network Cable Pull Technique because many people have commented on how using a Putty Tool tends to leave scrape marks and gaps during disassembly.

Putty Tool Technique

In-depth directions on how to open the Mini using Putty Tools can be found at

Network Cable Pull Technique

In-depth directions on how to open the Mini using network cables can be found on

Installing RAM

  1. After you are able to get the aluminum case off, you should see:
  2. There are five screws and three plugs that need to be removed to get access to the RAM. I’ve circled the screw locations.
  3. There will be two small plugs that also need to be removed. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I indicated the general location.
  4. As you lift off the SuperDrive/Harddrive part of the Mini, becareful to remove the Airport antenna cable located in the rear next to the RAM chips.
  5. The RAM should now be easily accessable. Pop each RAM stick out of the slot and replace.
  6. Put the machine back together.

This link will take you to more pictures of the Intel Mac Mini in various states of disassembly.

The key differences right off the back between the previous Mac Mini and the Intel Mini is the location of the RAM slot. The previous generation put the RAM slots next to the SuperDrive that was easily accessible upon removing the aluminum case. For whichever reason, Apple decided to place the RAM underneath the SuperDrive/Harddrive.