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Setting Up a Basic Mac Media Server. February 6, 2013 Repurposing an old Mac into a home media server is a great idea. A nerdy, tedious, somewhat overrated, great idea. For years I was wanting to convert all my DVDs (where by “all” I mean a whopping 35) into digital versions which could be accessible via my Apple TV. I’m glad I never bit the bullet and bought a Mac mini, because about a month ago the video card on my wife’s MacBook Pro started going out. The screen shows random red lines and flickers — it’s just bad enough that she can’t use it on a daily basis, but still good enough that I could repurpose it into our new file and media server. All in all, the tasks I’ve assigned to my Mac Media server include: Run Printopia to enable AirPrinting on our non-AirPrint printer (Nerd score: 4/10)Let run 24/7 so that certain sorting and filing rules are executed at all times, not just when my MacBook Air is on.

Printopia and are pretty self explanatory. Ripping DVDs Rip movies using RipIt. See? How-To Turn Your Old Mac Into a Media Machine With Plex. Posted 11/01/2010 at 12:12pm | by Ambika Subramony Now that the new Apple TV is out, you're probably debating whether to buy it or not. After all, it's only $99--even if you just use it to stream music from your various iTunes libraries, it might be worth it, right? Well, hold your horses! Before you plunk down your well-earned $99 plus tax, just hear us out--we've got a far more powerful and free solution to your dilemma. Most of us die-hard Mac users have an old Mac or two laying around. Perhaps an old MacBook, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini. Hardware - what you'll need 1. This one's a no-brainer--the first step to building a media PC is finding a computer. Have an old PowerPC? 2. Depending on your Mac, your TV, and the external monitor adapters you have on hand, hooking up your Mac to your TV will be a little different.

Essentially, you're treating your TV as an external monitor for your Mac. Don't fret--it'll only run you $19. 3. Software 1. 2 Add Local and/or Network Video Files 2. Mac Media Center – Setup any Mac as a Media Center Easily. You can setup virtually any Mac as a home theater media center, all you need is the right tools. Yes, that means your MacBook Pro, MacBook, Mac Mini, iMac, even Mac Pro, can all turn into a media center, and it’s a lot easier than you might think.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to assume you have an HDTV that supports HDMI input, and, preferably a Mac that supports HDMI output with audio (for Mac’s that don’t support direct HDMI output with audio, read on anyway there is a solution for you too). When you are finished with this article, you will be able to have a complete Mac Media Center hooked up to your TV, creating an awesome home theater, and you’ll be able to control the whole thing wirelessly from your couch.

Here’s what you’ll need to setup a media center with your Mac: Step 1) Get the proper Video Output Adapters So first things first, get your cable situation squared away. And a standard HDMI cable, because it supports full HDMI output. How to setup Plex: How to setup a Mac Mini Media Center, server, and remote torrents box. Mac Mini’s make awesome little media centers since they are so small and have more features than an AppleTV.

Following the below guide you will be able to do the following with a Mac Mini: Watch HD movies, videos, view photos, listen to music, and view weather from your couch on your TV.Watch Hulu, YouTube, and any other streaming online video on your TVAdd & delete torrents to download onto the Mac Mini, remotelyControl the media center via your iPhoneWatch the movies stored on your Mac Mini on your iPhoneServe websites from your Mini to the worldBrowse the web, play games, and use your Mac Mini on a TV from your couch, wirelessly Note: If this walkthrough seems a little overkill to you, check out our easy guide to setup a Mac Media Center which will provide a simpler setup, minus some of the features like remote torrent management.

Update: With the release of the new Mac Mini (2010 model), you won’t need any additional video or audio cables and adapters, only an HDMI cable! Video Cables. Plex. What to Do if Your Mac Can’t Run OS X Mavericks. Apple + How To + Recommended The wait is finally over: Apple released a new version of its Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks (version 10.9).

Unlike most major new Mac OS X updates, Apple chose to continue supporting all the same Macs as the previous release of the operating system. This means that if your Mac was compatible with Mountain Lion, you’ll be able to upgrade to Mavericks. However, some Macs are still limited to Lion (version 10.7.5), which might possibly still receive security updates for the next year or two, given Apple’s recent track record with providing Snow Leopard security updates after two newer versions of OS X were released.

Some older Macs can’t even be upgraded to Lion, meaning they’ll be stuck with Snow Leopard (version 10.6.8) or older. Apple might stop releasing security updates for Snow Leopard in the near future. Unfortunately, nobody knows for sure how much longer Snow Leopard or Lion will continue to get security updates from Apple. Mavericks Capable Macs. Make a Mac (Media) Server. Since I recently stopped using an old and dented Macbook Pro that was otherwise perfectly working as a computer, I tweeted about having turned it into a media, file, and Bittorrent server. I got a lot of responses asking for my setup, so here’s a guide for turning a Mac that would otherwise gather dust in disuse into a useful server.

My primary demands were gathering content from the internet through FTP and Bittorrent, serving them up to the Macs and Playstation 3 on the network through streaming, and function as a secure public-facing server so I can log in and grab some files when I’m on the go. I’ve divided this post into three sections, dealing with getting stuff, serving up stuff, and all the nice other things you can do with an always-on Mac. Note: I will not be liable if you melt, damage, or hurt your old Mac in the process of following this guide. Acquiring content I’ll just briefly touch on my Bittorrent setup, which involves only Transmission. Serving content Nice extra’s Roundup.