2006 iMac as HTPC/PVR

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Crissov, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Crissov macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2010
    I’m mostly using my MBA for productive stuff, so I got an early-2006 20-inch (51cm) iMac (first line-up with Intel CPUs, Core Duo) standing around, upgraded to 1.5 GB RAM. It came with 10.4 Tiger and now runs 10.5 Leopard, but I think the last OS X it can run is 10.6 Snow Leopard, but that’s besides the point.

    Since its screen is large enough, it has a 250GB HDD and I own a 1TB NAS, I figured I could use the Mac as a (secondary) stand-alone Home Theater PC, either by running preinstalled Front Row or by installing XBMC or something similar, but …

    I also get several DVB-C channels unencrypted in my apartment (and DVB-T over the air, of course) and recently acquired a USB DVB-T/C receiver (Delock 61959) at basically no cost. It only comes with Windows software, however, and with no OS X (incl. Elgato) or (official) Linux support –*I couldn’t even figure out which chipset, demodulator and tuner it uses. Nevertheless, I’d like to combine these into a PVR.

    After some research on the net it seems nobody does it this way, people only hook up Mac Minis to their large-screen living room TV sets. I wouldn’t mind removing Mac OS X altogether from the iMac or make it dual-boot into some specialised multimedia operating system. The best I could find for my needs is Linux-based yaVDR. Has anyone successfully tried installing that on a Mac?

    Do you have better suggestions?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    FWIW I had my 2006 17" iMac connected to my TV over VGA for a long time and used it with Front Row/XP.

    Why yaDVR if the box has Windows support?

    If you qualify for upgrade pricing you can get W8 with Media Center for $40 at least until the end of the month. It's actually quite decent.


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