I have an old G5 PowerPC Mac Mini that would be just right to repurpose as a DVR/HTPC.
But the weak onboard graphics are preventing joy. Is there a way I can offload the graphics processing workload to an auxillary device?
It's an old G5 powerpc mini, still works just fine; but it's an orphan at the moment, with no purpose in life.
So I thought I'd try hooking it up to my TV and using it as a HTPC of sorts.
DVI output to my TV at 1080i works for DVD player, torrented .AVIs via VLC, etc.
But if I try to watch Hulu through it, the picture is choppy if it works at all. Especially for 480p streams.
I'd also like to use something like Elgato's EyeTV
to capture over-the-air HD TV broadcasts and play them back later. (Watching the signal live is unnecessary, but would be a bonus.)
But I'm pretty sure the Mini can't handle that processing load?
Elgato seems to have a couple of devices like the turbo.264
that mention that they do the transcoding/processing of the video, offloading it from the attached Mac's processor.
Would this help? If not, is there some other kind of external graphics card or add-on device I can use to externalize the graphics processing workload, so the old hardware in the Mini isn't crippling?
Desired end state is that I am able to watch recorded
OTA HD shows and "live"
Hulu/other video streams
I have a NAS drive to hold recordings, and an XBox 360 (all three are on same wired network) if that helps.
1080i preferred, HD only (I can skip analog)
$250 max budget (so I'm not just going to buy a new Intel Mini)
Anyone have any experience or suggestions?