ATV boots to black screen
Hi all, hoping I might get someone here who has seen this problem before, I am not having much luck at the Apple forums. In a nuthsell I had 2 brand new ATV that when I upgraded to 3.02 would boot with the Apple logo for about a minute then give a black screen and the front led flashes yellow. I sent the first one back and got it replaced, and yes I could have done that with the seond one but I got the shits with it and decided it wasn't going to beat me :)
I tried everything here but restore does not work, it just goes to a black screen. How to Restart, Restore and Fix a Frozen or Problematic Apple TV [tutorial]
I have read this and many like it How to update Apple TV software
So, the beast is out of warranty now and no turning back, orginal post is here for more details Apple - Support - Discussions - 3.02 update bricks ATV - once, twice, ...
If nothing else there is some useful links in the rest of this post !
Before opening I patchsticked it to get SSH running, atvusb-creator - Project Hosting on Google Code this worked fine but still same problem, black screen, however I could now SSH into it and see it was actually doing things, I don't have it here so I can't post a process list but I would love to know what a normal working ATV process list looks like ? I can post mine tonight. So, this is the point where I said OK, maybe I have a dud hard disk or file system corruption, time to pop the lid.
There is a good guide to pulling it apart here Apple TV Repair Guide Service Manual
So, I used ATVdrive AppleTV Forums • View topic - atvDrive 1.1 released to ceate three new disks, I checked them all twice, versions 2.4, 3.01 and 3.02 all of these boot the same,to a black screen after the systems starts to boot restore, I used three separate drives to do this so I have eliminated HD error. On each one after that I restored the OS to OSboot to be sure, same thing, each one boots, Apple logo for a minute, then nothing.
Firmware list is here iClarified - AppleTV - AppleTV Firmware Download Locations (Comments) only 2.4, 30.1 and 3.02 work.
I reprogrammed the HDMI controller just in case, went fine as per here. Fix HDCP on HDMI controller AppleTV Jiradett ?BLOG however according to this page trejan.com - Apple TV 3.02 should not have updated anything apart from the OS.
So, next thing out was the mainboard battery, usualy works on PC's :) Left it out 24 hours, same problem, no change. I pulled the Airport Card as well just in case, still the same problem.
Whats left to try ? Don't forget whatvere happened was as a result of the uparade to 3.02, what in the hell did it change that is not on the original hard disk ? For the record I have tried with 2 different monitors, a Samsung TV with HDMI and a TV with component. The only thing that is different is when I hook it up to component the led goes white instead of flashing yellow, but it still won't work.
Has it beaten me :)