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    Hi Everyone!

    I've currently got an old PowerMac G4 that sits there all day normally just running Azureus, iTunes, and serving files to my Xbox Media Centre and Macbook.

    I've also got an ATV that I bought with the intention of hacking it to replace my XBOX running XBMC.

    Whist the media side of things is still progressing, the idea of replacing my old, loud and power-hungry Powermac G4 with an ATV running OS X, Azureus, iTunes and Apple Remote Desktop 3.0 agent over wired ethernet and with my old internal data drive from the G4 in a drive caddy over USB2 would be great.

    Would this solution be viable or would there be problems in setting up with the current Semthex kernel patch and OS X 10.4.10 install? I'd basically only need to install a java update and Azureus but I read somewhere about DMG opening problems?

    The idea of a "Mac Nano" to do these really basic tasks would be great, I don't care about sound or video acceleration just running the apps I need. The OS X ATV would cut power requirement, cupboard space and a lot of noise (You forget just how loud the old Powermac's were!)

    Thanks for your help in advance!

    Dan



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    any ideas anyone?

    Cheers
    Dan

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    Well, I have an Apple TV running OS X 10.4.8 all the updates till that version.

    I have install the MEdia Central software to play video, that was my need.

    I have ethernet and wireless network.

    I donīt have video acceleration and sound.

    The only problem I see itīs that the Apple TV only has 256 MB of RAM and there is no way to upgrade the RAM.

    So you must double check that this amount of RAM memory is enough for the programs you need to run.

    I used a second hard drive to install the OS X, I did't touch the Apple TV original hard disk.

    I did this because I need that hard disk for another tests I am doing.

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    Seems to me like it shouldn't be a problem. As other post said RAM is an issue but your not running to much.

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    yeah that's what I thought but I'm not expecting too much, just sit and download torrents etc and save them to a NAS / USB hard drive etc.

    Only issue I can think would be in the software installs - I'd need to get Azureus (Or another client, doesn't have to be Azureus. Then just ARD3 and iTunes which will install with OSX.

    I'm 99% sure I've got a spare old 20gb PATA 2.5" drive kicking around at home so I might give it a go this weekend. If I keep the ATV drive as is and what I try doesn't work I can just stick the ATV drive in and all is well again. Shame there's no way of opening them without Apple being able to tell (I like warranty on Generation1 Apple products as they're not normally the most reliable things ever;-) )

    If anyone else has any insights it'd much appreciated, if it works I'll be very happy as I will have myself a low power, low footprint server and when Leopard comes along (And doesn't require 512mb or more to even boot up) It will hopefully run time machine as well.

    Perhaps a Mini would be a better idea but seeing as I've got an ATV already it won't cost me anything to try


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    the atv os can do torrents without full os x installed. and it already serves/plays media files pretty well. the bittorrent client is called rtorrent. runs completely in the background and there is a plugin you can use with it also.

    and you dont have to open it to get things going. use patchstick.

    check out http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/Main_Page .

 

 

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