So I spent all of yesterday reformatting my Mac Mini, repartitioning and reinstalling Tiger. Why, you ask me, would you bother reinstalling Tiger? Because, my dear readers, I made two (count ‘em) backups of my developer operating system partition and none of the Tiger one.
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I finally decided to remove my no-longer-working WinXP partition for a few weeks while I focused on video playback and such. (BootCamp doesn’t like when you create three partitions on your internal drive.) After messing around with diskutil and gpt for a few hours, trying to recover the space from the XP partition, I finally decided to start fresh and clean up the entire computer.
This turned out to be an excellent decision because until I cleaned up the entire system and restarted it all with DiskUtility, I had gotten to the point where the install disks no longer recognized my partitions as JHFS+. I spent far too much time dealing with “unable to open device” and “resource busy” and “problem installing the software” errors.
The biggest problem I had with the whole Tiger reinstall was that after using the install disks that shipped with the Mac Mini, it took forever for the system to download all the software updates and install them. Hours, and hours, and hours. Why can’t OS X just allow you to create a new install disk? I tend to reinstall my system a lot more than the average user–often before any major project, I return to a clean install on my test computer–and it would really help to have an updated install disk rather than a backup to an external hard drive.
Anyway, the work is all done. I have one small partition for the developer OS, so I can keep up to date with work on that, and one larger Tiger partition which is basically only running EyeTV and the software to support my experiments with that and with AppleTV whenever it shows up.
Right now, my latest project is using VLC to stream video from the mini as EyeTV records in real time over to another Mac for playback. More reports on that as it develops. I would really like to be able to record live HDTV and watch it in real time over AppleTV.
Keep your fingers crossed.