Mac mini server/win7 mediaplayer???

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runnernorth Offline
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Hey, hope there is a friendly expert who will help me a little on the way .... -)
I have an idea to buy me a Mac mini server. It must be used as a server for the house IOS devices, Macs and PCs.
It must also be used as a media player with XBMC installed in Windows 7, since it is only possible to play DTS-HD in Windows (in XBMC) and it is a must that it can play HD audio from external Bluray rips.
I'll connect some external hdd with all my media, photos, home movies, bluray rips and so on to the Mac mini.
But this is where I need some advice for:
Can I play my media (when they "lie on my Mac mini server")from the same mac mini in XBMC in Windows7 through vm ware fusion??
Know it would've been easier just to install XBMC in OSX, but OSX does not provide HD audio when watching movies, as far as I know Undecided /
Hope for some good advicesBlush
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that won't work - how about installing windows on the mini through bootcamp?

AppleTV2/iPhone/iPod: HowTo find debug logs and everything else which the devs like so much: click here
HowTo setup NFS for XBMC: Wiki NFS
HowTo configure avahi (zeroconf): Wiki Avahi
READ THE IOS FAQ!: iOS FAQ
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(2012-06-17 21:47)Memphiz Wrote:  that won't work - how about installing windows on the mini through bootcamp?
Hi, yes, why not.... Will it work then you Think Confused
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Yes i think. If the hardware is able to do it (guess i've already read success reports in that direction). But don't nail me on this info.

AppleTV2/iPhone/iPod: HowTo find debug logs and everything else which the devs like so much: click here
HowTo setup NFS for XBMC: Wiki NFS
HowTo configure avahi (zeroconf): Wiki Avahi
READ THE IOS FAQ!: iOS FAQ
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runnernorth Offline
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Thx,I'm not gonna "nail" youSmile) -I'm just glad you took your time to help me:-)
Well, then I'll just have to wait for an update to the Mac mini hardware, and give it a shot by then;-)
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I have a similar setup to you except that i'm using OSX.

The good news is that the machine works well as a server and htpc. I don't notice any performance issues if I am playing a bluray in XBMC whilst serving an eyetv stream to the ipad or serving another movie stream to the ipad via xbmc or airvideo.

I was aware when I purchased the mini that HD sound may not be available or may be considerably delayed on OSX. This forum http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...t=mac+mini was where I read most and there are a few people there who are running xbmc via bootcamp as Memphiz mentioned to achieve HD sound.

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Hi activate, thx for your reply:-)
I'm glad to hear its working for you, then there's hope for me as well;-)
I'll read the thread you're linking to, and see if I can get any useful(for me) info out if it.
Perhaps I may be back to you later on ,when the mini has updated, and get some help if needed??
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hi, what is the best way for me to share my video/photo/movie-files with xbmc, considering my first post in this thread, should I use the UPnP server? I think it's the only option for me, right?

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