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Mykl4now
October 2nd, 2008, 08:12 PM
I just joined the forum to investigate the possibilities of my Apple TV. I have a G5 iMac, which is PPC processor, not Intel processor. Am I able to take advantage of the software being developed here or not?

avneron
October 2nd, 2008, 08:40 PM
nope. sorry :(

we don't have the bandwidth to deal with the required development, but would be great if developers will pick up the source-code and will try to get it to run on PPC

cdude
October 3rd, 2008, 04:21 AM
Does boxee have to run on the Mac, or just on the ATV? I don't think it matters what processor your mac uses if you just want it on the ATV. You may need help making the patchstick, though.

Gamester17
October 4th, 2008, 01:50 PM
http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=206
http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=131

Boxee is based on open source XBMC ;)

Coda
October 5th, 2008, 03:55 AM
If XBMC was PPC built, I would have been running it on my TV connected G4 mini long ago, rather than using frontrow/perian, and a nokia bluetooth cellphone as a remote. Not an ideal solution, so this is why I just bought an appletv. It's cheap and its really an intel mac.

I still feel that XBMC/Boxee should be built for PPC though. I'm not really an Xcode developer, but AFAIK, you just have to select the PPC target when you build. It's probably more complicated than this, otherwise we'd have seen a PPC build of XBMC and Boxee already. :confused:

Mykl4now
October 6th, 2008, 12:21 AM
My understanding is that in order to install this software on an AppleTV, I have to first download the software onto my computer (the G5 iMac) and then create a "patch stick" that can then install the software on the AppleTV. My original question (I am the Original Poster) was whether or not I could carry out this proceedure of downloading and creating a patch stick using my G5 PPC iMac. And further, I understand that the answer is "NO".

If I'm misunderstanding this, please enlighten me.

However, let me also add that my purpose here is to expand my AppleTV capabilities so that it can display videos such as those offered on HULU.com, Fancast.com, Amazon.com and Netflix. I don't want to pay $2 an episode to watch "The Sarah Conner Chronicles", especially when I see them offered for free elsewhere. But I don't want to watch them on my 17" iMac either, I want to watch them on my 50" Plasma. So this could all be academic if those goals (purposes) cannot be met by some sort of modification of my AppleTV. I didn't really want to pay $600 for a Mac Mini either.

Thanks for your time and interest.

dave
October 6th, 2008, 12:56 AM
You can indeed create a patchstick on a PPC box. It's just a utility. You just cannot run boxee on PPC hardware - as I write this. It was our community that helped port XBMC and boxee on 10.4 (Tiger) which allowed the port for Apple TV, which was done by another member of the XBMC community.

As for boxee/XBMC and therefore the Apple TV doing Hulu, not yet. But remember these are all-format media players for a many platforms (ATV, Ubuntu, OS-X...) We continue to add services and support for streaming sites.

Hulu Thread:
http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=92

Gamester17
October 7th, 2008, 11:27 AM
You can indeed create a patchstick on a PPC box. It's just a utility.Sorry but you are wrong there Dave, the ATV USB Creator is currently only available for x86-Intel, just like XBMC/Boxee, (Scott Davilla is planning a PowerPC version of the ATV USB Creator but I do not believe that it is currently on the top of his priority list).


It was our community that helped port XBMC and boxee on 10.4 (Tiger) which allowed the port for Apple TV, which was done by another member of the XBMC community.FYI, just to clarify, both the ATV USB Creator and the 10.4 (Tiger) port of XBMC development was done by Scott Davilla (who is a member of Team XBMC). Boxee sponsored a few Apple TV boxes to Team XBMC developers which helped the development move along quicker (thank you Team Boxee).

dave
October 7th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Thx for the clarity Gamster17! :) I thought the utility ran on Tiger + Leopard, and I didn't know it was CPU limited.

Also, you did a much clearer job on who did the work than I was able to. :)

RobertBasil
October 8th, 2008, 01:12 PM
My understanding is that in order to install this software on an AppleTV, I have to first download the software onto my computer (the G5 iMac) and then create a "patch stick" that can then install the software on the AppleTV. My original question (I am the Original Poster) was whether or not I could carry out this proceedure of downloading and creating a patch stick using my G5 PPC iMac. And further, I understand that the answer is "NO".

I would be more than happy to create a patch stick for you if you send me the blank usb stick. Send me an email @ robertbasil@robertbasil.com and I'll give you my mailing address.

bsab
October 8th, 2008, 04:05 PM
Can't you post the patchstick online? I too have a PPC mac and an appletv.

agentlame
October 8th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Can't you post the patchstick online? I too have a PPC mac and an appletv.

unfortunately, that's the problem... the patchstick app doesn't run on ppc, so there's nothing to post.

bsab
October 10th, 2008, 01:47 PM
What I meant is can't the files I need on the USB stick be posted for download, rather than creating my own with the application.

agentlame
October 10th, 2008, 03:11 PM
What I meant is can't the files I need on the USB stick be posted for download, rather than creating my own with the application.

check this out, it might be of some help: http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=594

bsab
October 14th, 2008, 11:16 AM
thanks :D

chrrissss
October 22nd, 2008, 10:41 AM
I just joined the forum to investigate the possibilities of my Apple TV. I have a G5 iMac, which is PPC processor, not Intel processor. Am I able to take advantage of the software being developed here or not?

Im on ppc and downloaded the files and created the patchstick plugged it in atv and works fine , obviously cant run boxee on imac though

brownrecluse
October 22nd, 2008, 06:26 PM
It is in fact now available for power pc macs here:

http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/

Just wondering, does that mean that I can now create the patchstick, let it run its magic on my ATV, and then utilize all of the boxee content on my appletv WITHOUT having an intel mac or does the appletv communicate with my G5 and it requires your computer to also be an an intel mac?

A bit corn-fusing, thanks for the help!!

Jeff

cdude
October 24th, 2008, 02:06 AM
It is in fact now available for power pc macs here:

http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/

Just wondering, does that mean that I can now create the patchstick, let it run its magic on my ATV, and then utilize all of the boxee content on my appletv WITHOUT having an intel mac or does the appletv communicate with my G5 and it requires your computer to also be an an intel mac?

A bit corn-fusing, thanks for the help!!

Jeff

Once Boxee is up and running on your ATV, all other sources are simply "sources" it sees via the network. And SMB share from an PPC Mac running Leopard 10.5.5 is the same as an SMB share on an Intel Mac running Leopard 10.5.5, if you get my point. Ditto for iTunes shares... the sharing protocols used by iTunes v. 7.x are the same on PPC as they are on Intel.

Boxee just requires Intel to actually run ON, not share from, in other words. (or ATV, which actually is Intel also, of a sort). As long as you're not trying to install it on a PPC mac, you should be fine. (The related issue was the program created to create the patchstick was also, initially, intel-only... something which has now apparently changed... but that little program is not actually Boxee, just a little patchstick creation utility)

So the first scenario you outlined is correct, not the last one. :)