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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject: Mac mini dead(I think) new media server suggestions Reply with quote

Currently, I have 2011 27" iMac, late 2009 mac mini (which i think just died) and 1 aTV2 and a drobo w/4 2TB drives with all movies/music/tv shows on it. I did have the mini connected to my living rm 50" tv with the drobo as my media server. I was trying to encode w/HB on the mini and the fan kept running very loud. So I have tried researching it and sounds like my mini logic board died. Everytime I plug the power cable into it, the only thing it does is the fan comes on very loud, nothing else. So any help there would be great, but on to my real question: What should I get or use for my media center/server?
I am trying to decide if I should use my iMac as the server and get another aTV(1 for BR and 1 for living rm). Or get a new Base model 2011 mac mini and put that back to my tv in the living rm and keep my aTV2 in the BR? I love the mac mini and I could afford either the mini or aTV2 but am having trouble deciding which is better for me. I would also like the media server to handle all my media needs (like downloading, ripping, encoding, tagging into iTunes) and be available all day. My wife and I both have iPhones and iPads, so airplay/mirroring is cool and I have AEBS and AExpress. So sorry for the long post but thanks for reading it and for your suggestions/considerations. I hope this is clear enough to understand my needs and situation. Any different angles or points of view that I am missing would be appreciated too. Thanks.

Option 1) iMac + two aTV2 - w/iMac being media server on all day
Option 2) iMac + one aTV2 + 2011 mac mini -w/mini being media server and on all day.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome!

Does the minis light come on? I went from a dedicated mini HTPC to an TV2 My family likes the TV2 better then the mini HTPC.

You will need an external optical drive to rip with the new mini.

"I love the mac mini and I could afford either the mini or aTV2 but am having trouble deciding which is better for me"

Sorry, don't know whats better for you. Any reason why you didn't buy AppleCare? it was very cheap back then.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply.
No the light does not come on at all. I can't even put a disc in the drive. It will not accept it. I tried plugging in a flash drive to usb and it doesn't light up or flash like it is being accessed. I tried many things but the only thing that I haven't tried is to replace the battery inside.
I thought about applecare but just didn't think that it was worth it at the time. Of course hind sight is always 20/20. But I don't know if Handbrake just over taxed it and it went kaput.
tales - what do you use to serve your media since you went from a mini to aTV2? and do you use iTunes or plex or something different?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a member philiparcario who does a lot of tests on Mac minis, i think the late 2009 model did well I would take it to Apple and have them confirm the logic board is fried.

"tales - what do you use to serve your media since you went from a mini to aTV2? and do you use iTunes or plex or something different?"

I was one of the few here who used FrontRow, Media is on both 27"iMac & new Mac mini
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