So I just reviewed the pics from an Apple TV take a part. Pretty cool. BUT, it seems that Apple is once again putting a boat load of thermal paste on their chips again. Can you say premature failure!? Most past is conductive and when you slather it all of the little resistors next to the chips, that is not good. DUH.
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I can't believe people didn't know that the AppleTV used the OS X kernel. Also it wouldn't surprise me if you can't add a second hard drive. The AppleTV software looks like a heavy modified FrontRow. I wonder if you can add a DVD drive to it so you can use it as a DVD player as well.
I've been wanting to build my own AppleTV like system for a while but it would be a PC since im so limited on the hardware and sadly I don't own a HDTV so I can't use the AppleTV unit unless I bought a converter and make it run though my computer LCD or something.
I plan on using my Cube for something similar to ATV. Of course the quality might not be the same, but it will do other tricks as well. And it won't be on my main TV, which is an old 21"CRT anyway.
I hadn't even thought of adding a DVD instead of a second HD. Thats an awesome idea and I can't believe I missed it. You could transplant the whole thing into a Mac Mini case, but that would seem kinda pointless unless you have an empty Mini case going begging.
Loc: Florida, USA
Thats pretty neat. If I can get a AppleTV I could do alsorts of stuff. Do a DD dump into another drive and turn my mac into a ATV, A tempt to add a DVD drive. Try and make it dual boot OS X and the ATV software.
When you get down to it it's nothing more then a slimed down mac mini.
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