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duncyboy
May 14, 2008, 08:27 PM
I've found some basic answers to these questions but wanted to see what people's experiences were on here.

I'm going to replace my HTPC (eventually) with a Mac Mini assuming they don't kill them off.

1) One thing I like about my MS remote is I can control my TV with it too, allowing for only one remote.
I've read that if I connect my TV (Samsung LCD) via VGA then when I sleep a Mac Mini that will turn the display off, but what if I use either DVI or HDMI adapters? Anyone got a Mac connected via these that can confirm whether that will standby and "wake" a TV over other connections?

2) I have Sky Freesat with a minidish and have been thinking about getting an EyeTV DVB-S TV-Tuner for my Mac. Anyone have this TV tuner integrated into Front Row? Being able to record the odd program and pause live TV through my Mini would be a real deal-maker!

3) If the Mac Mini isn't able to turn off my TV, can 3rd-party "All-In-One" remotes be made to work with the Mini?

Think that's it for now. People warned me that when I bought my iMac it was just the beginning and they were right. This could be expensive... :( :D



Muncher
May 14, 2008, 10:31 PM
1) One thing I like about my MS remote is I can control my TV with it too, allowing for only one remote.
I've read that if I connect my TV (Samsung LCD) via VGA then when I sleep a Mac Mini that will turn the display off, but what if I use either DVI or HDMI adapters? Anyone got a Mac connected via these that can confirm whether that will standby and "wake" a TV over other connections?

Nope, not me (well, for now at least).

2) I have Sky Freesat with a minidish and have been thinking about getting an EyeTV DVB-S TV-Tuner for my Mac. Anyone have this TV tuner integrated into Front Row? Being able to record the odd program and pause live TV through my Mini would be a real deal-maker!

I don't think you can integrate stuff into front row, but I could be wrong.

3) If the Mac Mini isn't able to turn off my TV, can 3rd-party "All-In-One" remotes be made to work with the Mini?

Think that's it for now. People warned me that when I bought my iMac it was just the beginning and they were right. This could be expensive... :( :D

Maybe. My cheap solution would be to tape the apple remote to the bottom of your favorite one, then all you would have to do is turn it over for the mac :p:D.

Fact of Life #53: Macs are, and will always be, expensive endeavors. When I first hit these forums, I was aiming at the lower mac mini. I now have in front of me a $1500 imac, and all because I made the mistake of playing with one at an Apple store. Who knew. ;)

flopticalcube
May 14, 2008, 10:33 PM
Fact of Life #53: Macs are, and will always be, expensive endeavors. When I first hit these forums, I was aiming at the lower mac mini. I now have in front of me a $1500 imac, and all because I made the mistake of playing with one at an Apple store. Who knew. ;)
QFT.

I started with a MacBook. :eek:

cgdotcom
May 15, 2008, 06:02 AM
I've read that if I connect my TV (Samsung LCD) via VGA then when I sleep a Mac Mini that will turn the display off, but what if I use either DVI or HDMI adapters?

AFAIK a Samsung LCD TV won't accept VGA input via DVI, even with an adaptor. I've not tried this with a Mac Mini, but the only way I can connect my MacBook to my Samsung is via VGA. DVI doesn't work.

duncyboy
May 15, 2008, 06:41 AM
AFAIK a Samsung LCD TV won't accept VGA input via DVI, even with an adaptor. I've not tried this with a Mac Mini, but the only way I can connect my MacBook to my Samsung is via VGA. DVI doesn't work.

Thanks for that- my HTPC's connected from DVI to HDMI and can't control the TV in any way either.

Aegelward
May 15, 2008, 07:42 AM
As for a remote, check out the logitech-harmony remotes, they have some great automating functions and can be programmed to emulate several remotes simultaneously with macros.

For example you can activate a device with it, and the remote will automatically switch your television's input to the device you wanted