Invoke full sleep with Apple TV
Has this horse been beat to death yet? Seems like this is the place to discuss this...
I realise that the Apple TV product isn't meant for automotive use, I dig the simplistic interface and the hacks out there make it a bit more fun. I come from the old Empeg world, but now that every car has a nice screen for GPS, etc I want the whole package. I've thought of putting OSX on the Apple TV but then I think it complicates things, I want to keep it simple and just listen to music and see the nice interface on my screen.
I can get around most hurdles, including composite video output, installing a larger hard drive, etc. What I need is a method to put the device into a full sleep while not in use (via a 12v trigger perhaps.) I know the Mac Mini has an aftermarket power supply that does this, but I don't want to spend any more money plus I'd rather not have full blown OSX in my car.
I've seen a few USB type input / output boards that have digital / analog monitors. Perhaps I could get this to work with it? I'd need some sort of driver loaded onto the Apple TV that monitors for this device, and when it sees it, that it knows that if there isn't 12v on a particular input, that it should be asleep. That's hurdle #1. Any ideas?
Hurdle #2, is that lets say we get past #1, the apple tv doesn't have a full sleep mode. When it goes to sleep, it just turns the display off, but the HD is still spinning, board is still awake. Anyone figured out a way to get it to go into full sleep?
I think if we can get past these hurdles, alot of people would like this as an alternative. I use iTunes at home for my huge library, and it would be nice to just bring it in the house, hook it up and let it sync (or install wireless into the car so when I pull into the garage it'll sync.) I know people have done this already but I believe they're just powering it down ungracefully and power-up takes minutes. This also sometimes results into database corruption.
Thanks for listening...