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    Default Real Life Experiences with OS X on AppleTV??? Is it awful?

    Hi. Sorry for the blatant request, but I honestly can't find this info. I can't find a video that shows surfing and basic apps being used on AppleTV with OS X.

    IF I want to surf a few websites, maybe check mail, run a live feed cam..... Will it suck and drive me instantly nuts? I don't have AppleTV but would consider buying one if this hack was 'OK'.

    Currently, we have an old HP with: Intel Celeron M 380 (1.6ghz), 1gb DDR II SDRAM.
    Would moving to AppleTV with OS X Tiger (hopefully shrunk to necessities)... be horribly slow? For all I know it would be an improvement.
    If someone can advise me or know of any videos where I can see this in action, I'd REALLY appreciate it. Thank you.



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    Why are people even thinking about this? Its just a make-work project. Mow some more lawns (or get a paper route) and save up for a mac-mini.

    Having said that: YES, it will suck.

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    Scraper - So you tried it yourself huh? Didn't like it?


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    I have mac os x on my ATV and it runs fine, just like a real installation, i'm only having a couple of problems, for one the little led on the front keeps blinking because it thinks that it's starting up, (i read on the apple support site that blinking means starting up) but with mac os x it does that all the time, secondly I can't get the remote to work for some reason but i think it's because i installed the remote buddy kernal extension on macosx 10.4.10 and it gets screwy there, thats the only problems im having, o and when starting it up you have to connect it via composite video and then put it to sleep then connect hdmi and wake it back up, kind of a pain but since i lost my ATV original install i kind of have to live with this unless some one can give me theres xD?

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    Considering that I run OS X on a *6 year old G3 iMac* with 288MB RAM and 6MB video RAM just fine I could only drool over how nice my aTV would run it. Granted I'm not watching 720p on the old iMac, but for email, surfing the web, small business tasks etc. it's fine. If you only keep a couple basic apps open at once it shouldn't swap too much.

    Now I just need a copy of Intel Tiger and a MacMini or something to install with... hmm... damn... :p


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    My big hangup with the Mac Mini: still doesn't support 802.11n wireless. I'm currently using a PPC Mini as a file server/web server/media server/tivo/wireless hub. As I upgrade my equipment to Intel, I want my hub to support the nice new wireless protocol that EVERY OTHER piece of Apple hardware supports. So it's not $600 for the Mini, it's $780 for the Mini plus an AEBS.

    $780, or $300 for an aTV. I'll take the latter, thankyouverymuch.

    That is, assuming I can get everything to work...

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    That said, meagain, if this is a once-every-few-years computer upgrade for you, buying an AppleTV may be cheaping out too much. I'm looking at using it as a second machine, a headless home server, so the value/power equation seems to work. As a primary machine, you might as well just pony up and get a Mini. It's more expensive, but it's a fully-realized computer, with functioning sound/graphics/OS/iLife/etc. all built in. Heck, you need another Mac and a copy of OS X lying around just to do this hack... if you want an AppleTV as your only Mac you'll kinda be up a creek without a paddle.

    In fact, if you really want the best deal possible on a desktop machine right now, you're probably best looking at closeout, refurbished and used prices for the last-generation white Core 2 Duo iMacs. They can probably be had cheap what with the recent upgrade, and they are powerful enough to last years and years doing basic computer tasks.

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    Silas - This would be for our TV computer. I have an iMac, husband has a MS laptop. My old laptop broke. The TV computer would just be fore iTunes, a bit of web surfing (youtube), etc. and some live feeds like Big Brother, etc. Very minimal stuff. The priority would be iTunes use with the full iTunes deal and not the front row version. So, IDK - maybe it would work.

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    Ah. I have my G4 Mini under the TV, and use it for iTunes + EyeTV + internet sharing. I've run into a couple very specific bottlenecks having to do with the graphics card. If I could get it to work, an AppleTV - with its slow processor + low RAM + very good dedicated graphics - would be perfect for my needs. IF I can get it to work.

    If you're looking at basic Front Row/iTunes/web browsing/file serving stuff, sounds like you'd do fine with an old Mini. I see the PPC models for about $350 on craigslist and Ebay, and they're very similar to an AppleTV, except
    - wireless "g" instead of "n"
    - older video card (9200 w/ 32MB RAM instead of 7300 w/ 64MB RAM)
    - the Mini has firewire
    - the Mini has an onboard DVD player
    - the Mini has expandable RAM + hard drive
    - the Mini doesn't need to be hacked

    I personally need the wireless "n" and 64MB video card more than the other stuff, so I'm going to investigate these hacks. Not sure if it would be worth the headache for you.

 

 

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