ATV OS (or NitoTV) on G4 Mac?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cosmichobo, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. cosmichobo macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2006

    I've just acquired a G4 Mac Mini (1.5GHz, 512MB RAM, 64MB Video Card), and am trying to set it up to replace my original generation Apple TV, which required a restart every time I'd want to use it to re-acquire its SMB connections and improve playback quality.

    The problem I am facing is finding a simple easy any idiot can use it interface to replace the Apple TV's interface - ie my wife and 5yo son have to be able to use it.

    I've installed Rowmote and Hippo lite on my iPhone, though intend to solely use Rowmote, due to its simplicity. I've also set up screen sharing so the Mini can be controlled via my wife's MacBook Pro, but again, simplicity means that is more for me than for my wife/son.

    Problems so far... Rowmote was working on FrontRow, but now doesn't. After installing Plex (for PPC), it was randomly opening itself, which would be fine if it was useful, but I couldn't work out how to use it to play a single file, so that's now been deleted... The latest xmbc has a high crash rate...

    So I was thinking... Is there any way to instal the AppleTV operating system on the Mini? Preferably with the option to return to normal OS X when desired (by me).

    Failing that - can NitoTV be installed as a stand alone Mac app? This was the interface we were using on the AppleTV...


  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The Apple TV OS is Intell only. It won't work on a G4. The closest thing to Apple TV OS is Leopard's Front Row. You could also try things like XBMC or Plex.
  3. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Front Row as Intell said is pretty similar if you just want to use your iTunes data. XMBC woul be good too.
  4. cosmichobo, Jan 11, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2013

    cosmichobo thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2006
    Oh - hadn't realised the original AppleTV was using an Intel chip - always associated Mac OS 10.4 with PPC architecture.

    As noted, I couldn't get Plex to do jack... And the latest xbmc tends to crash before/after playing a file. Might have to try earlier versions...?

    I've aliased my 2TB external HDD into the "Movies" folder, so Front Row (with Perian) can now play my AVI library... It was just that the Rowmote app wasn't controlling Front Row for some reason.

    It's working again now... so may just steer clear of xbmc, as I think that might have been causing the problem with Front Row "hearing" the iPhone/Rowmote...

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