[mythtv-users] Mac Mini Core Solo as FE/BE Combo?

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Mon Feb 26 14:16:28 UTC 2007

On 2/26/07, Jarod Wilson <lists at wilsonet.com> wrote:
> On Feb 25, 2007, at 00:50, Jarod Wilson wrote:
> >> On 2/23/07, Kevin O. Lepard <kolepard002 at charter.net> wrote:
> >>>>> [*] Mac Mini w/Intel Core Solo @ 1.5GHz, 512M RAM
> >>>
> >>> So would the Mac Mini Core Duo (instead of Solo) have plenty of room
> >>> to do 1080p as a front end only then?
> [...]
> > Ah yes, my theory on issues outputting to a 1080p display: I think
> > its likely memory pressure leading to swapping. When I moved from my
> > old 1080i HDTV where I ran the GUI at 960x540p to my current 1080p
> > set w/the GUI at 1920x1080p, 512MB was no longer enough to prevent
> > occasional swapping. In the case of the mini, the stock config comes
> > with 512MB, from which you're subtracting another 64MB for the video.
> > Even at only 1680x1050, I'm seeing what appears to be quite a bit of
> > swapping (under OS X, w/a few other apps also running). I plan on
> > bumping up to 1GB of RAM in this thing before it supplants my current
> > frontend box.
> Another follow-up... Until earlier tonight, my current frontend box
> actually had 2GB of RAM in it. I dropped it down to 1GB, and with
> blootube-wide as my GUI theme at 1920x1080p, swapping has returned.
> Playback is still generally smooth, but doesn't seem to start up as
> instantaneously. Its especially noticeable exiting a recording and/or
> the recordings screen, when it takes a second or two for the whole
> screen to repaint and the hard drive led flashes like mad. I'm now
> debating getting 2GB of RAM for my duo mini instead of just 1GB...

I too noticed that blootube-wide is, sadly, a memory hog. I had to
create a swap partition because of it =( I guess the new
recommendation for an HD frontend is 2GB (well, if you want one of the
newer, better looking themes).

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