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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:26 pm    Post subject: Swap Optical Drive for BLURay? Reply with quote

Anyone swap out their optical drive for a bluray drive? Is this even possible? If so, what drive did you use? I have a 2006 model MM...

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose you are interested in commercial Blu-rays playback, not simply Blu-ray burning.
In that case, forget it, the Mac Mini 2006 is too short on CPU power and graphic card.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unless your burning them if your only burning blu-ray you would be ok but watching no way and playing them correctly no way
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other than with MakeMKV I'm not sure how you would play the media. You would also wanna upgrade the CPU and consider a Broadcom card which would be supported by XBMC and Plex.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broadcom card? What is that? What is is for?

I mainly want to rip my BR's to serve them up through out my house to all my apple tvs.

I ordered a sony br drive on ebay. Hopefully it plays nice with makemkv.


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Other than with MakeMKV I'm not sure how you would play the media. You would also wanna upgrade the CPU and consider a Broadcom card which would be supported by XBMC and Plex.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Broadcom card is a card that replaces the wireless card in the mini and provides something along the lines of a graphic co-processor to handle high bit rate information.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting...I did some research and I like the idea. Do you know if the card will work with the latest version of lion? My early 2006 mac mini id fully upgraded running lion.

Also, if this would work I would have to use a certain player to take advantage of the card?

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The Broadcom card is a card that replaces the wireless card in the mini and provides something along the lines of a graphic co-processor to handle high bit rate information.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The card is not OS dependent, it's support is dependent on the software. As far as I know, and mentioned above, only XBMC and Plex support it.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarola wrote:
Interesting...I did some research and I like the idea. Do you know if the card will work with the latest version of lion? My early 2006 mac mini id fully upgraded running lion.

Also, if this would work I would have to use a certain player to take advantage of the card?



VLC also works with the card. It is called crystalhd.

https://code.google.com/p/crystalhd-for-osx/

The best way is to build it. I believe it is tested up to 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
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