Category Archives: hardware

Apple TV 1 and 1080p

Adding a Broadcom BCM70015 has completely revitalized my Apple TV, it goes in the miniPCI slot that previously held the WiFi card, but as my ATV1 was connected over Ethernet anyway, losing the WiFi card wasn’t an issue. As I can now run crystalbuntu and have no need to run the original Apple software I also replaced the 160GB HD with an inexpensive (99p) passive IDE to CF adapter and a 8Gb CF card (£9.97). The CF card is only slightly faster than the original HD, but the heat output should be slightly lower.

hardware maintenance

A while ago, the F3 key on my small laptop (Acer V5-171) went missing. While it would have been possible to just fit a new key cap, from prior experience, it’s much simpler to fit a new keyboard, so a new keyboard was ordered and today I got around to fitting it.

Over 30 screws using six different sizes…