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jasonsRX7
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Feb 16, 2005, 10:03 AM
 
Anand reviews the Mac mini as a media center

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Feb 16, 2005, 11:45 AM
 
Originally posted by jasonsRX7:
Anand reviews the Mac mini as a media center

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And a complete failure! I had no idea the mini didn't support hardware based DVD decoding.
     
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Feb 16, 2005, 12:15 PM
 
Originally posted by elvis2000:
And a complete failure! I had no idea the mini didn't support hardware based DVD decoding.
From reading the article, the 9200 graphics chip in the Mini supports hardware decoding. Apple's DVD player just doesn't take advantage of it yet, and uses software rendering instead.

That's something that should be fixable with an update to the DVD player.
     
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Feb 16, 2005, 01:36 PM
 
Originally posted by jase71:
From reading the article, the 9200 graphics chip in the Mini supports hardware decoding. Apple's DVD player just doesn't take advantage of it yet, and uses software rendering instead.

That's something that should be fixable with an update to the DVD player.
That's a huge problem, though. Does the iMac support hardware DVD encoding? The Powerbook? Any of the line?
     
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Feb 16, 2005, 01:56 PM
 
Originally posted by elvis2000:
That's a huge problem, though.
I don't know. I wouldn't say it's a huge problem. At least not yet. It's not as if the hardware is incapable of it. The basic capability is there. The hardware is there. The software just doesn't support it yet. Anyone who has added a Mac Radeon 9200 card to their Powermac probably has the same problem, I would guess.

It would be a problem if Apple announced they have no intention of ever supporting hardware decoding on the Mini. I haven't heard that, however.

At the moment, it's more a problem with DVD Player than it is with the Mini. Just my opinion...
     
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Feb 16, 2005, 01:59 PM
 
"Our recommendation still stands that, if you can, a PowerBook is a much better way to get introduced to and reap the benefits of OS X. But as a second choice, the mini still seems to work very well, even if not as a HTPC."

Duh !

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Feb 16, 2005, 02:18 PM
 
DVD Player.app needs a LOT of work. eg. De-interlacing, and the interface.

Here's hoping for Tiger.
     
   
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