I bought one of the early Mac Mini's (a 1.42Ghz with 500Mb to be exact). I have been using it as my main computer but since buying a macbook it has been collecting dust. So therefore I've given it a format, installed leopard and connected it to my 37 inch lcd tv in the lounge.
The problem I'm having with it is that if I play any video the audio is ok but the video stutters every so often. This happens in VLC, Frontrow (using Rowmote on my iPhone) and Quicktime.
I'm thinking of giving it a speed boost by upgrading the hard drive on it, but will this sort the problem or is the MacMini 1.42 just underpowered??
It really depends on the size of the video you're trying to play - if its High Definition content, then your Mac Mini is really underpowered for that kind of task. You might find it runs faster with Tiger. How much RAM does the machine have?