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Mini Mac power plug question

Message #1 - Posted 2005/03/08 - Tom Malcolm

Just bought a mini Mac, the $599 1.42 ghz one.
I'm scared to turn it on. The power connector
has no sex, it fits equally well upside down as
right side up. It looks like it works either way,
but I don't want to gamble, and Apple's booklet
does not say a thing. Anyone know for sure if
the power cord can be plugged in upside down
or right-side up?

And, the design lets the power cord
be pulled out very easily - unlike
any other computer I've seen...

Message #2 - Posted 2005/03/09 - Gnarlodious

Entity Tom Malcolm spoke thus:

I'm scared to turn it on.

Chicken!

The power connector has no sex,

More accurately, "genderless".

it fits equally well upside down as right side up. It looks like it works either way,
but I don't want to gamble, and Apple's booklet
does not say a thing.

I promise Apple is not so stupid as to set you up for a product return.

Anyone know for sure if
the power cord can be plugged in upside down
or right-side up?

Snot "for sure", but it sounds like it has a polarity autoswitcher in there. Good idea. You can never burn it out wiring it backasswards.

And, the design lets the power cord
be pulled out very easily - unlike
any other computer I've seen...

You'll love it when you can slide it into a docking station.

-- Gnarlie ï
http://Gnarlodious.com/Entities/Computer/Cube/

Message #3 - Posted 2005/03/08 - nospam

Previously, Gnarlodious wrote:

The power connector has no sex,

More accurately, "genderless".

actually it is a little girl on the mini and little boy on the cord. however, it is symmetrical, so it will work in either orientation. so does that make it bi if it can go either way?:)

it fits equally well upside down as right side up. It looks like it works either way,
but I don't want to gamble, and Apple's booklet
does not say a thing.

I promise Apple is not so stupid as to set you up for a product return.

yep. it is also designed to pop out easily so it doesn't break (like the powerbook ones do).

Anyone know for sure if
the power cord can be plugged in upside down
or right-side up?

Snot "for sure", but it sounds like it has a polarity autoswitcher in there. Good idea. You can never burn it out wiring it backasswards.

no its even simpler - just diagonally symmetrical so it is the same either way.

Message #4 - Posted 2005/03/08 - o-chan

actually it is a little girl on the mini and little boy on the cord. however, it is symmetrical, so it will work in either orientation. so does that make it bi if it can go either way?:)

Nope, it just means the plug can do it doggy style!

Message #5 - Posted 2005/03/09 - Tom Malcolm

The power connector has no sex,

More accurately, "genderless".

Ok, "thanks" for the sarcasm - I was worried I had a defective power cord. On Apple's discussion board, I see I was not alone on this issue, and people posted, yes, it does not matter which way the cord goes in, and yes, it's a design flaw it comes out so easy, and it's best to tie-wrap it to the ethernet cord so it won't come out at the wrong moment.

Message #6 - Posted 2005/03/08 - ZnU

Previously, Gnarlodious wrote:

Entity Tom Malcolm spoke thus:

I'm scared to turn it on.

Chicken!

The power connector has no sex,

More accurately, "genderless".

Well, going by the academic definition, gender is a social construct. As such, it probably doesn't apply to power cords, because they aren't very social. (Unlike socks or pens, which are always sneaking off back to their respective civilizations.)

[snip]

"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table." -- George W. Bush in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005

Message #7 - Posted 2005/03/09 - Zaphod B

ZnU wrote:

(Unlike socks or pens, which are always sneaking off back to their respective civilizations.)

They do, and very homesick they are, too.

BTW: Did anyone read Terry Pratchett's early work "The Carpet People"? You _really_ don't want to know what goes on in the piling of your carpet! ;-)

/Z

Message #8 - Posted 2005/03/14 - DAVID TENNYSON

Most US (and Japanese) Macs have a 2-pin plug which can be inserted any way round, only the euro sockets (with their higher AC voltage) need a third earth pin. Plug it in anyway you like. It you're afraid of the plug being pulled out ask (maybe Wal-Mart?) about the child-proof plugs and sockets - these have self-tapping screws to screw the plug to the socket. "Tom Malcolm" <tom933@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:1gt3wpa.9qz40w1xhuzesN%tom933@hotmail.com...

Just bought a mini Mac, the $599 1.42 ghz one. I'm scared to turn it on. The power connector
has no sex, it fits equally well upside down as
right side up. It looks like it works either way,
but I don't want to gamble, and Apple's booklet
does not say a thing. Anyone know for sure if
the power cord can be plugged in upside down
or right-side up?

And, the design lets the power cord
be pulled out very easily - unlike
any other computer I've seen...

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