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    More info on my install:

    1) I downloaded and used the 10.5.5 Lite image, so I can only verify success with that install.

    2) I restored it to a 250GB external USB drive, so drive size shouldn't be a concern.

    3) Audio over HDMI does not work. (No surprise there)

    4) Plex was painfully slow. I let Plex Media Server scan my movies folder for about 1/2 a day, during which the machine was basically unusable due to the load. Trying to navigate the library inside Plex was very slow.

    5) QuickTime Player crashes. I presume this is due to the audio fix regarding patching the AppleHDA.kext I've read about. Correct? Is there a workaround that preserves current (optical) audio functionality?

    6) I'm using a powered USB hub that connects my boot drive, a Drobo (for movie rips) and a PS3 Eye. All appear to work fine.

    7) iChat crashes when video chatting for more than ~1 minutes. Signs point to previously mentioned QuickTime issue.

    In short, I've given up on this being a media player but am more than happy to have it be an iTunes/DLNA server and bit torrent machine.

    Why I think (hope) this setup works well for me:
    -It replaces an obnoxiously loud and power hungry Sawtooth G4/1.4Ghz.
    -I have a PS3 for MP4/DivX playback via MediaLink. The AppleTV appears capable of serving it my 720p rips. Have not yet tested this under a "full" torrent load.


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    Thanks for the great feedback czern - much appreciated! Should make things clearer for many people. Updated the instructions RE: audio over HDMI being confirmed not to work

    As for the Quicktime crash issue, no idea - sorry :/ I haven't read too much in the way of that issue, so I don't know much about that. Perhaps searching the other thread or shooting off a quick PM to ash or JonMS might be worthwhile?

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    OK, so I've been playing on and off with this for a few days and can confirm: You don't need to remove the internal disk to do this!

    Essentially it's still a multi step process and a bit cumbersome, but I now have a working OSX install on my ATV1 without cracking open the case.

    1) Download the image
    2) Install it onto a USB drive
    3) Boot ATV from USB drive
    4) Partition the internal drive to 1 partition
    4) CCC the image from (1) onto the internal disk
    5) Power off, disconnect USB drive, power on
    6) ATV should boot into OSX

    Then you do your customization, etc.

    What I cant figure out is why I couldn't install the 10.5.5 image to the Media partition as was suggested in another thread... I got as far as installing, but could not 'bless' the new boot.efi on the media partition, so the ATV resolutely failed to boot into OSX whenever I disconnected my usb drive.

    Anyway, further details can be provided should you need them, but it's pretty much the same as Jon has outlined, minus the step of removing the internal drive from the atv.

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    I've been having issues with the 10.5.5 Lite install while booting from my USB drive. I just formatted the internal drive and restored a fresh copy of the 10.5.5 Lite image in order to eliminate the USB drive from the equation. In short, that hasn't helped. After some more testing (and re-reading many of these forum threads), here are my recent observations (even if I don't fully understand them):

    The Good:
    -Component video works, which shouldn't be a surprise. Maybe I'm insane, but I thought I read in another thread that HDMI video didn't have driver support for hardware acceleration (Quartz Extreme?), whereas component video did. System Profiler shows that I have hardware acceleration for Core Image, with Quartz Extreme and QuartzGL both supported. QuickTime Player doesn't seem to crash nearly as easily as it did when running over HDMI. I'll test this further by switching back to HDMI and rechecking System Profiler.

    [EDIT] I'm on crack. System Profiler reports the same info on component or HDMI, and QuickTime Player is crashing fairly consistently on both.

    The Bad:
    -Many apps crash on launch or under any significant load. The easiest app for me to crash is iCal, which crashes on launch with the following:
    Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
    Exception Codes: 0x000000000000000d, 0x00000000000007ea
    Crashed Thread: 0
    Thread 0 Crashed:
    0 ??? 0xffff45d9 0 + 4294919641
    1 com.apple.iCal 0x0002f699 0x1000 + 190105
    If more info is needed to decipher this crash report, let me know. Many apps crash with the exact same Exception Type and Exception Codes.

    -iChat still crashes after video chatting for ~30 seconds or less, even using component video. Whatever stability I've gained with QuickTime Player [EDIT: i.e., not much] have not translated to iChat. Could be an issue closer in nature to the iCal problem.

    -The system crashes doing almost any kind of major lifting. Even while using CCC to restore the 10.5.5 Lite image to the internal drive, it completely locked up 3 or 4 times (requiring reboots) before CCC was able to finish. The USB drive could have been overheating as it has no fan. The AppleTV is in the open, so its air circulation is not going to get any better. I'll see if this improves (or worsens) now that I'm booting from the internal drive.

    The Unknown:
    -I haven't tested RCA audio yet.
    -Are my crashes related to the 10.5.5 Lite image, or do I have a bad RAM chip, or…? I ran a minimal RAM test through TechTool Pro, and it passed. The crashes are very consistent and specific, which makes me doubt the RAM issue.
    -I'm downloading some of the other pre-built images to troubleshoot against.

    —————
    @joncgde2 I very much appreciate the work you've done putting this thread and these images together, but I think it would helpful for you to clearly spell out how your pre-built images are related to those by JonMS and Ash. For instance, I've started to download your 10.5.5 Vanilla image, but is that identical to Ash's image? If so, acknowledging this would be helpful (and good karma).

    Also, does iCal crash for you (or others)?
    Last edited by czern; 02-13-2011 at 11:14 PM. Reason: Updated component vs HDMI info

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    Default Optical audio works with 10.5.8 (optimized)!

    Everything I've read about audio on 10.5.8 is that it either doesn't work or the levels are extremely low. I've not read anywhere that anyone got audio to work through the optical port. If this is already common knowledge, please forgive my enthusiasm.

    Here's how I did it: I installed JonMS's v2 of 10.5.8 (labeled as "optimised" on the 1st post). I opened Audio MIDI Setup under Applications > Utilities. Under the Audio Devices tab, set the following:
    • Default Output: Digital PCM #1
    • System Output: Digital PCM #1
    • Properties For: Digital PCM #1
    • Audio Output > Format: 48000.0 Hz 2ch-16bit

    Optical audio should now work.

    I briefly tried adjusting similar settings for Analog PCM #0 (the only analog output to show up on my system), but was unable to get similar results from the RCA jacks.


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    Ta muchly for all your feedback, czern! Duly noted and initial post updated with comments/suggestions Good to see optical audio is working on 10.5.8! If only analogue was working too...


    I had to remove USB instructions from the first post because I had exceeded the post word limit trying to fit other instructions in there (damn you, 10,000 character limit! ). I have, however, included a link, which I will point to my next post (which will contain the instructions.

    Ignore these instructions - these are for anyone wishing to boot from USB.

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    Default Appendix - booting from usb:

    Credit (and criticism ) goes to ptaylor874 for these instructions.


    First, format your USB stick correctly. Follow THIS LINK and complete up to and including step 14.
    Secondly, restore the image of your choice to your USB stick. Then follow these instructions:

    1. Get Disk Identifier:
    1. Open Disk Utility
    2. Select the USB stick from the left pane. Right-click and select 'Information'
    3. Note the 'Disk Identifier' (e.g. disk2). Substitute your Disk Identifier for diskX in the following steps.

    2. Change USB stick's partition GUID:
    1. Open terminal
    2. Use this command: gpt -r show /dev/diskX (where diskX is your Disk Identifier)
    3. You should see something similar to the following:

      Code:
            start       size  index  contents
                0          1         PMBR
                1          1         Pri GPT header
                2         32         Pri GPT table
               34          6         
               40     409600      1  GPT part - C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B
           409640   77757488      2  GPT part - 48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
         78167128     262144         
         78429272   77610032      3  GPT part - 48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
        156039304     262151         
        156301455         32         Sec GPT table
        156301487          1         Sec GPT header
    4. Write down the numbers under 'start' and 'size' corresponding to 'index' 2 (in this example, 409640 and 77757488)
    5. Unmount the USB stick: disktool -u diskX
    6. Remove the entry with index 2 in the table above: gpt remove -i 2 /dev/diskX
    7. You should see: gpt remove: /dev/diskX: 1 partition(s) removed
    8. Unmount the remounted partitions: disktool -u diskX
    9. Add the new GUID: gpt add -b START -s SIZE -i 2 -t "5265636F-7665-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC" /dev/diskX (replace START and SIZE with the values you wrote down in step 4)
    10. Use this command again: gpt -r show /dev/diskX
    11. You should see something similar to the following:

      Code:
            start       size  index  contents
                0          1         PMBR
                1          1         Pri GPT header
                2         32         Pri GPT table
               34          6         
               40     409600      1  GPT part - C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B
           409640   77757488      2  GPT part - 5265636F-7665-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
         78167128     262144         
         78429272   77610032      3  GPT part - 48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
        156039304     262151         
        156301455         32         Sec GPT table
        156301487          1         Sec GPT header
    12. You are now ready to boot your ATV1 off your USB stick.

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    I bought my mate's atv and installed 10.5.5 lite onto an external hd and it seems to run pretty smoothly. Safari is stable watching iplayer, tvcatchup and even livescorehuter.

    I've bought a Broadcom BCM970015 Crystal HD card which is on its way from Hong Kong and I'm planning to use it with the Crystalbuntu xbmc live usb. Has anyone tried using the os x drivers (crystalhd-for-osx - Project Hosting on Google Code) for this on a leo atv?

    I plan on dual booting using this method http://www.hackint0sh.org/f291/70835-20.htm#post547158 and use the script afterwards to reboot into leo from the atv software menu.

    Many thanks to all the devs who have created this! I lived with this stock atv for 2 years and while it was pretty cool, it just seemed so limited. This had really thrown off the shackles and turned such a cheap little box into something genuinely useful! Big kudos!

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    Is there a method to restore the image from Linux to the internal drive? My Mac is in the shop for a couple more weeks and I need something in the interim to work with.

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    Thank Jon, Ash, and the whole crew for the Update to the original post. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

    1. OS Ten works best on the Apple TV when your start deleting some core apps. I paired it down to only essential apps that I will be using with the Apple Tv (deleting front row, safari, ical ichat, expose, spaces, and a few more) really improved the usability of the Apple tv.

    2. I Geek-benched my results and I got 853 where others were averaging 750. Deleting those apps makes the Apple Tv feel like it was ment to run leopard.

    Hope this speeds up other people's Apple TV.


 

 

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