I bought a Mac Mini yesterday and am planning on turning it into a DVR (you know, a TiVo like device to record TV when I want). I am starting this thread to compile a number of issues with the entire project, this way I don't have 10 different threads open! I already started one thread but I might mention that problem again here since it got no response on its own. GOALS: 1) Affordable! I am a college student and have a part time job. That covers everything I NEED like rent, car payment, food and some alcohol! I have been working on a web site on the side and saved just enough for something cheap, so I can't build a quad G5 into the ultimate tv viewing experience, unless anyone wants to donate some hardware or money! heh! 2) I want to be able to watch TV, record TV, pause TV and rewind. Typical DVR functions. I want to be able to schedule recordings as well. 3) Must be good enough quality to watch on a normal TV which is NTCS 720x480. 4) One day I would like to be able to export to an iPod video and use that to watch on TV. But I do not have the money for an iPod video right now. What I have right now: Yesterday I just bought a 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo Mac Mini with the stock 512 MB RAM and stock everything else. For TV recording I bought a myTV.PVR. For storage I already had a 200 GB external firewire drive that I was using for a secondary backup and now deleted everything on it and will use it for TV shows and movies and any other sort of media I decide to put on the mac mini. I am thinking about copying all of my music and pictures from my PB to the mini so i can take advantage of the media capabilities of the mini, but I am not sure about that yet. It might get annoying to sync the to computers every time i load a picture or song (unless anyone has any good ideas on syncing the 2) Yes, I know this is long, but I thought 1 long thread would be better than multiple different threads. Thanks for reading so far! PROBLEMS: 1) right out of the box the mini would not display anything when hooked up to my 21" flat screen CRT dell monitor (yes it is a monster but i got it free and minus the dent in the corner it looks good) i hooked it up to my 2005FPW dell monitor and it didnt work there either. after switching b/w DVI and VGA I finally got it to work for all types (VGA and DVI) then finally on the VGA of the CRT. But this morning after putting it to sleep last night, it would not display again. I think later today I will take it back to apple and demand a replacement. I am not going to sit around and wait for apple care when the darn thing doesn't work right out of the box!! 2) the myTV.PVR only encodes in MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats. as people probably know quicktime does not like MPEG-2 though I could pay $20 to buy a plug in that will work. But I can read the MPEG-2 files in MPlayer which is a free app. When the myTV.PVR is encoding in MPEG-2 the picture gets extremely pixilated and sometimes freezes when there is a lot of movement on the screen. The recoding is fine, its just the live display that is bad. I dont know if the el gato eyeTV 200 is any better. any comments? 3) what about playing on a TV? right now i am using a 21" flat screen CRT monitor for playback. Is there a way, such as a DVI to RCA adapter that I can use to plug into my TV (its an old tv that only has coaxial and RCA inputs) It would be really cool if the mini sat headless in the corner then i could 'broadcast' from the mini to the TV in a similar manner to 'broadcasting' audio to the airport express. but in that case i might as well just sit it hooked up to the TV and use a bluetooth keyboard/mouse to control it. thanks for reading and thanks for your comments. I know its a long post and I probably sound like a 12 y.o. b/c I didnt proof read as much as I wanted. I will post pics as soon as i get back home and take some pics. its messy right now b/c there are cables everywhere. i set it up to see if it works and didnt care what it looked like. but ill try to make it look nicer.