[mythtv-users] Re:Front end choice: Mac Mini versus VIA EPIA. Mac OSX remote control?

Nick knowledgejunkie at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 18:15:19 UTC 2005

On 8/31/05, Todd Ignasiak <ignasiak at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a Mac Mini, and I think it's great.   The form factor is
> unbeatable, and I don't think I could make a Mini-ITX box for near the
> same price.   I use mine for all the Apple Apps (iTunes, iMovie, iDVD,
> etc.) and general Unix functions.   But, not for MythTV.
> I use MythTV for HD material, which makes the Mini a no-go.   The
> 1.42GHz CPU in mine is not fast enough to decode/display HDTV
> material.    The mini's ATI Radeon video hardware does have support
> for MPEG2 acceleration, unfortunately Apple has chosen not to open an
> API into this functionality.   So, HD is out of reach for the Mini.

I'd be amazed if the hardware didn't have MPEG2 acceleration/iDCT
support (I'd think all ATI cards for the past several years have had
this in hardware). Whether or not it is implemented in their driver is
another story.


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