ATV2 in an NES case (possible?)

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  1. utwarreng macrumors 6502

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    Hey all,

    While I love the look of the ATV2, I'm a big fan of the unique, customized project to make people say "wow". Originally I was going to put an HTPC inside of a NES case, but when I started thinking about it, the ATV2 (once jailbroken and with XBMC installed) does everything that I really want/need it to do, and at a fraction of the price.

    Admittedly I haven't done a ton of research, certainly haven't done measurements to make sure that everything would fit, but I was hoping to see if anyone had attempted to put their ATV2 in a different case/housing, or how well it may (or may not) work.

    Thanks for any/all advice!
     
  2. The Mad Hatter macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting...

    The only prob I see is fitting a IR sensor to the front of the NES box. The rest is plasti-form mounting, and wiring.

    Good luck
     
  3. CPD_1 macrumors 6502

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    There is way more than enough room in an NES case for the AppleTV. It also shouldn't be too hard to put the IR receiver in the same place as the power LED for the NES. A little epoxy and it should stay put just fine.

    Really, it should be a very easy mod. Gut the NES, and you could pretty much place the Apple TV in it as is with room to spare.
     
  4. utwarreng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys. I think I'm gonna give this a shot in the next few weeks. I'll post pictures throughout the process.
     
  5. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    U can probably put like 4 :apple:TV's in there with the cases on.
     
  6. gtmac macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed you may not even need to open the ATV.
     
  7. ipsb11 macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't the NES have an IR sensor already? How did the Duck Hunt gun work? I really can't remember, been so long since I've seen one.
     
  8. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Nope, no IR receiver in the NES. Duck Hunt (and other zapper games) worked by flashing the TV screen. The gun actually received the flash and signaled a hit or miss.

    ft
     
  9. utwarreng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, you guys weren't kidding about the size. The ATV takes up a minuscule portion of the case. I gutted the NES and cleaned up the case last night, but didn't get much further. Planning on doing more work tonight with a buddy.

    I'll post a pic of the ATV inside the case later today.
     
  10. utwarreng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here's an image of just how much spare room there is inside of the system.
     

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  11. ermoore macrumors newbie

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    for the IR you can stick an IR transmitter in the NES
     
  12. DaveNinja macrumors 6502

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    If the ATV2 crashes you can take it out and blow on it to fix it
     
  13. Reticent macrumors member

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    LOL yes!

    And OP please post a pic when you figure out the IR... this seems like a fun project. :D
     
  14. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Why are we doing this?

    OP - is the current Apple TV form factor too small for you? Do you need a finer grate on your TV stand, is the ATV falling through the cracks or something? :confused:
     
  15. bunit macrumors regular

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    from the pic, it looks like the ATV2 could almost be used as a game cartridge that slides into the NES like a game! Now that would be cool! LOL!:D
     
  16. utwarreng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I like the classic look of the NES case, but need to have an HTPC. A jailbroken ATV2 with XBMC installed is far cheaper than any HTPC that I could build, and since I don't need the rest of the functions of a regular computer this works great for me.

    In addition, I enjoy tinkering with things to find ways to modify them beyond their original usage. This seemed like a pretty unique project, so I figured "why the Hell not!?"

    I know it's not for everyone, and some people will claim it's sacrilegious either to cut up an old NES case (for the record, the system was dead, but I did keep all of the guts in hopes of resurrecting it later on) or to cut up an ATV2 because Apple did such a great job of putting it in such a sleek case (also for the record, they did do a great job of finding a way to put such a powerful system into such a small case).
     
  17. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    To each his own, brother. :) I like how my ATV2 seems to disappear under the edge of the TV screen, like there's nothing there at all - but hey, it's your rig. :cool:
     
  18. AppleMactablet macrumors regular

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    Just how many apple tv's do you plan to put in the NES lol:p
    no room lol-you could fit a xbox 360 in a nes
     
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    I'm not so sure of that. The NES console isn't nearly big enough to house an Xbox 360.
     
  20. utwarreng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Now THAT is something I would love to try and do! Maybe some day, but you're probably right in that the dimensions would be prohibitive.
     

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