blu-ray on mac mini? maybe?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jlreed1, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. jlreed1 macrumors member

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    I know there's been some talk recently about the iMacs possibly getting Blu-Ray functions, and that iTunes 9 might support it. Do you think Mac Minis might get this also? I realize everything is purely speculation just curious what you guys think, because I'm planning on buying a Mac Mini soon, but I don't want to get one then they release a Blu-Ray capable one a month later. I know there is supposed to be a keynote coming up soon, just curious what you guys think.

    thanks,
    JLR
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The current mini is able to handle Blu-ray just fine. All that's needed is support in OS X.
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    What would be cool is if you can just swap out the SuperDrive with a one that can play Blu-Ray on it if Apple ever supports it.
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    its not always that simple :rolleyes: if the Mini uses the 9.5mm slot loading drives then you cant do it, because the BR 9.5mm slot loaders dont exist AFAIK.

    if they do exist, then yes - it would be that simple..
    :cool:
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The GMA950 Minis shipped with 12.7mm matshita drives, so unless there's been an engineering change in the current Minis it shouldn't be a problem. Of course, it would have to be a SATA drive.
     
  6. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Panasonic UJ-235 is a slot-loading SATA blu-ray burner. It's a 12.7mm drive though. Anybody have an Nvidia Mini want to check if the stock drives are 12.7mm?
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    can they also check if the new mini's use a SATA or PATA optical drive interface ;) the new unibodies FINALLY changed to SATA, i just wanna see what the new Mini's use.
     
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The new Minis use SATA for both the hard drive and optical drive. Previous gen was SATA HD and PATA OD. I'm waiting for WD to ship their 1 TB 2.5" drive so I can put two of them into a Mini. ;)
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    argh wish i had money to burn! how much would two of them babies set you back?

    i have an optibay ebay thingo on the way in the post - that will give me much more storage in my laptop :D:D i cant wait! (OD is dead anyway, no loss)
     
  10. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Wouldn't that kill the Mac Mini?!?
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    lol why do you think that? its like saying putting a bigger fuel tank in a car will kill it..
     
  12. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Well wouldn't there be less airflow thus killing the Mac Mini? :D
     
  13. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    haha maybe, optical drives take up more space then the HDD does - they are all laptop components anyway they are rated to take the heat ;)
     
  14. Baron Aloha macrumors newbie

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    I've been contemplating getting an htpc setup and the mac mini really appeals to me. The only thing preventing me from pulling the trigger is the lack of an internal Blu-Ray drive and no HDMI output. The lack of HDMI output isn't a deal breaker because there are easy work arounds but I'd really like to see them add a Blu-Ray drive. A Blu-Ray-writable drive would be the bees knees but just regular old Blu-Ray playback would be quite nice.

    I checked the buyers guide and it said that the mac mini was in mid-cycle and that I should buy one, but if I were to buy one without Blu-Ray and they announced one with it I would really be upset. The thing is, it might be another year before a new mini gets released since it took Apple like 17 months to update the mini the last time. I really hope we hear something from Apple soon. I would easily pay $1000 for a mac mini with a writable Blu-Ray drive in it.

    Does anyone know if you can modify the mini to put an internal Blu-Ray drive into it (preferably writable)? If so, can someone please provide me with a link? I know that an external drive is an option but I'd prefer to have everything in one box.
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    Baron you can most certainly put your own BR writeable drive in there - provided that the Mac Mini's use 12.7mm drives (as 9.5mm are not available atm).

    to be honest: apple will not release BR into their macs for a good 2-3 years, and even then the mini will be the last of their computers to get the support.
     
  16. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    You'd need a slot-loading drive no higher than 12.7mm and with a SATA interface. Otherwise, no know problems (until the first one does it).
     
  17. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Even with a blu-ray drive (internal or external) you won't be able to play commercial movies (with copy protection) under OSX; code is not present to support HDCP. It can be done under windows though.
     
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  22. Baron Aloha macrumors newbie

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    Most likely, yes but not right away.

    I'm definitely going to pull the trigger on the mini now though since I know that I can put the drive I want in it in the future. I'm going to buy the $599 mini, upgrade the CPU to 2.26GHz, upgrade the ram to 4 gigs, upgrade the HDD, get EyeTV, and get a Logitech DiNovo-Mini so I'm going to be shelling out a lot of money up front. In maybe a month or two I will get the drive.

    I'm pretty psyched now actually. The only thing that has been holding me back is the Blu-ray issue.
     
  23. chrisliv macrumors member

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    Gee,

    There is a current and limited ability to burn HD content on the Mac with Toast 10 Pro.

    And, if someone was using a cheap LCD monitor (or HDTV), like a Dell SX2210, which has DVI and HDMI, they could use their Mini for general purposes via the DVI and connect a cheap HDMI Blu-Ray player to the monitor, too, for watching commercial Blu-Ray DVDs. Although, it would be nice if there were some more compact-styled Blu-Ray players that had HDMI.

    I mean, that's a tack I'm currently looking at, in an effort to combine computing and multi-media into one potent little package.

    Or, I may just connect the 2009 Mini to a 32" Toshiba Regza for a monitor via a PC/VGA connection, which is what it likes better than trying to go through HDMI. I currently have a PPC Mini on the Regza, as a music and music video player with iTunes and for web browsing with a lap-style RF keyboard/pointer. But it just doesn't seem fitting to use such a big screen, and use VGA, along with the distance that is needed to do computer work. Plus, I'd rather use a wired keyboard on a desktop surface for computer work.


    So, who knows, maybe I'll get rid of the TV, and get a compact little El Gato tuner for the Mini and a monitor, so that I can do it all in one place, yet still create a smart blend of an entertainment center and desktop area.

    Peace to you all,
    C. Livingstone
     
  24. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    im phsyced for you too!!!! let us know how everything goes then!!!!

    its better then nothing i guess..

    now why on earth would you want to use an analogue connection when a digital one would work just fine??
     
  25. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    on my 1080p 37" TV, from more than 2 feet away i literally can't see a difference between the PS3's blue ray and the Mac mini's 1080p output.

    in my opinion you are wasting your time.
     

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