Mac Mini G4 as a HTPC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sidefx, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2010
    on craigslist a guy has a killer deal on a 1.25ghz G4 mini. I have always wanted to make HTPC for watching some hulu and my movie library on itunes. Would the G4 be ok for doing this? Also do the G4 mini's not have the IR for remote like the G4 laptops?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    i wouldnt recommend it.

    i bought a used G4 mini to use for the same stuff you mentioned but it was so slow that i never used it.
    the only thing i ran it for was bittorrent downloads.

    sold it on ebay then picked up an intel mini (2009)
    its much better at the task.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    yeah. you're going to definitely have some skips in video playback, you could use it for like a 'kitchen computer' or a house music computer.

    i'd just sell it, then again i have had my 1.66 sitting in sleep mode on my desk for (according ti iStat) 42 days and 6 hours.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    I had a 1.42Ghz G4 mini and it struggled with flash video but would happily play standard def H264 encoded files. There is no IR receiver and RAM is also limited to 1GB which is very tight these days.

    As others have said, just get an Intel mini or possibly an ATV if you don't mind hacking it to get hulu working. The UI of the ATV is much better than Front Row in Leopard and Snow Leopard.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2010
    i tried asking about getting hulu on a apple tv in that forum with no response. I would like to do the apple tv because i could sync the movies off my macbook. how does hulu work on it?
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    i tried boxee when i had the apple tv and it played hulu fine.

    im not sure how hulu works on the the apple tv now that hulu doesnt allow boxee to play their videos..
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2010
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2010
    On wiki the specs for a apple tv are a 1ghz pentium m and 256 ram. How could this be any worse than a 1.42 G4?

    I would consider the apple tv but this guy has a mini G4 for $150...

    Would this be ok for streaming hulu desktop and watching movies in 720p?
  9. macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    there are different processors. the G4 is very old and not as powerful as the pentium. you cannot compare them clock for clock.

    im really not sure about the state of hulu on apple tv. hulu has prevented thrid parties from streaming their content.

    if i recall correctly, the only way to get hulu is through a browser.

    do not get the G4 mac mini, for video it will not be pleasant.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i dont know why he should not get a g4 mini 1.42 , the mini is using the same processor as my eMac and my emac does video perfectly it even does all sort of film work ..rendering ..viewing ..decoding name it it does it
    so cant see why the mini should not be able too
    ok the minis g4 1.25 and 1.42 have only 32mb vram and a radeon 9200 and the 1.5 g4 minis has 64mb vram, insead of the eMacs radeon 9600 with 64mb
    and they have slower harddrives spining @5400rpm

    by the way here is a comparison chart

    For *single* processor G4s: Add 50% to your clockspeed to get the "Pentium 4 equivalence"

    as long as there is nothing else available i stick with my eMac for the tasks i cant do on my iMac g3
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2010
    I just sold a powerbook G4 1.5ghz when I just purchased my unibody macbook and I never remembered a time on hulu with issues. but I really didnt do it much on my laptop. Having a mini on the TV i would be on it all the time.

    Im trying to find a cheap way to do this... Should I just wait for the 1.8ghz intel mini to pop up on craigslist or ebay?

    BTW its a 1.25 ghz G4 the guy is selling.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i cant tell you what to do with your money ,the price difference is quiet big between the g4 minis and the intel ones , at least here in the uk it makes no sense to buy a used intel mini as they cost nearly still the same as a basic brandnew one ,with only a couple pound difference

    i just would take the g4 mini if its cheap enough , try it, if it works then fine ,
    if it doesnt what you need it for sell it again on ebay and maybe you make a profit
    at least you can say you did try
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2006
    How much do you want to spend?

    $429 for a 2.0ghz refurb Mini or $499 for a 2.26ghz refurb Mini - out of stock right now but keep checking back.

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