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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 12:32 pm    Post subject: G4 mini as HTPC Reply with quote

Hi all,
I am new to this site. I just upgraded my kids mini's to coreduo's from G4's. I have a G4 1.5 that I was planning to sell but I wanted to know if it could be used as an HTPC for a 1080i HDTV. I know the HD would need an upgrade but is this system powerful enough? It is maxed out with 1GB RAM and has airport. Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. It won't do it. Unless you like to see the vids stop and stutter.

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a 1.83hz c2d with 4 gb ram will record off the air tv in hd 720p and 1080i using elgato plus 250. will play it back pretty well. it does so on my 24 inch lcd monitor.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will work. I have a 1.5 G4 Mini with 1 gig of ram that I use as my HTPC right now. It will not do hi-def but the DVDs I rip with Handbrake in the Apple TV setting work great. It is hooked to a 42" Vizio LCD TV and it works great. When I do try to play hi-def though it does stutter.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if he records with it in 720p or 1080i it will stutter. it will play standard dvds all day and all nite long.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will stutter with 720p.

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