iDeneb.net OS 10.5.6 installation
Wow, Kudos to ash! I am amazed you actually went that far on the AppleTV... unfortunately iDeneb.net is really concentrated on Hackintosh hence they dedicate no attention to the Apple TV as they have their hands quite full already...
Originally Posted by ash
It's a shame there is no tech documentation to know specifically what precise components the AppleTV uses like graphic card HDMI out with HDCP chip and audio bitstream, plus component out, NIC card, WLAN, bluetooth(?) and so forth... well at least we got the cpu specs :P
It would be interesting if more people would find a way to really hack it once and for all installing a stable 10.5.x I hate these coporate policies Apple comes up with from time to time (and lately it's doing it more often than not), which turn awesome product with really great feature and potential, into crippled and underutilized unattractive appliances. To have the AppleTV finder and letting apple decide what customers can or not use (and when, as they would release plugins as they see fit driven by market research) for many may be just fine... The incredible amounts of site that are dedicated to hacking the AppleTV prove quite the contrary. Consumers are not happy with stupid marketing decision made by Apple in order to grow iTunes store sales. For crying out loud! Apple is not even trying to compete with Netflix by selling monthly access to video downloads or going the pandora route and offering free streaming radio... that's just a stupid marketing choice since they already have the hardware part covered with consumers using ipods, iphones, AppleTV and even regular Macs, while Netflix had to wait for Roku and others to come along!
People are trying to hack the AppleTV not just to be sinply free from the crippling limitations imposed by apple, but to finally make the AppleTV righteously theirs by unleashing its entertainment capabilities. Apple may not admit it, but that's and eloquent proof that by not allowing users to freely use OS X apps on the AppleTV they made the lamest decision ever, alsmost as lame as that of putting only 256MB of Ram in the Apple TV (More bad decisions at: Apple's Worst Business Decisions it's an old article but shirt and worth reading).
I have been a long time mac supporter but I was never blind to Apple's flaws like some used to be making a matter of principle and rather than being fair they would even turn evident mac problems into a feature!
Anyways that's just rants about having my AppleTV disassembled and not knowing If I should even waste time to try and install OS X (out of spite and curiosity really), just to discover that one can't send audio to the 5.1/7.1 AV Receiver via HDMI... or avoid the frustration and patchstick it to death with all kinds of plugins (still feels like giving into the restrictions imposed by Apple though) or simply screw this crap, repack it and put it on ebay so I will not have to see it ever again as it sits unused on my media center cabinet! I might as well sell it since it's now more than evident to me that the only purpose that Apple had in mind for this appliance was to have customers buying this Trojan horse and bring it to their homes, so that the iTunes store could widen its reach into people's pockets grabbing more money as customer would purchase Music, Films, TV episodes or pay dearly for rentals!
I'm probably still infatuated with the device and it's hard to part as I see it potential, but it's like having a beautiful girlfriend who's really a hooker who's not only cheating on you to bring money to her pimps, but each time you spend time together she's just interested in your money but in order to disguise that she tells you she is all you need and want, lying through her teeth to get it her way... :P
The more I think about it the more I want to sell it! :( I'll never buy squat on iTunes... sure let me get some DRM-protected mp3s so when the DRM will be remove I can pay even more money to "upgrade" to DRM-free tracks, shelling more money out for what I should have owned the first time I bought it... but I could not own it since RIAA and MPAA think we're all spend every waking hour of our live to steal from them and destroy the billions dollars industry they have build on mediocrity and greed!
Sorry for those who may feel bothered by this post... but I am physically and mentally tired at the moment (not to mention pis*ed-off) because I have spent several days researching how to "convert" this lying bitch called AppleTV into a "god fearing lady" who can really entertain families with her amazing features ;) I'll continue in my quest and try at least once to install OS X on the device... worth giving it a shot after all this searching.
Thanks for the great site/forum it really sucked me in like quicksand!
Best to all members here!
Extensions.mkext can't be removed manually...
I believe that the extension /System/Library/Extensions.mkext can't be removed manually because as soon as it's removed or renamed OS X creates a new one right away... maybe you can try to remove the extension then quickly unplug the drive? ;P But probably OS X will wait to re-create the mkext file and then eject the drive... so may not work unless you physically unplug it without waiting (hence receiving the Device removal warning)
Originally Posted by ash
BTW why should this .mkext be removed?
iDeneb 10.5.6 DVD not restarting into OS X installer
Thanks for the clarification ash! :) Then it means that it's sufficient to delete the file and let Leopart recreate the file... what's the purpose for doing that? Forcing an update of the compiled kext? What will that do? (pardon my ignorance on the topic).
Originally Posted by ash
I tried to install (just as a test) Leopard on and external drive and went to boot the AppleTV... nothing, just a question mark indicating that there is no suitable OS to boot. So I swapped the boot.efi in the new install with that of the original AppleTV drive, I even slapped in the mach_kernel.prelink (I am driving blind basically)... an dobviously that proved to me that Leopard as it comes in its reailt installer will never boot on AppleTV unless proper modifications are made. Well that we know right? That's why this and other sites exist!:P
Having proven to myself that there is no easy way around the problem (thank you Apple for being so good at crippling the AppleTV and preventing OS X installs on it!). Now I am down the road of iDeneb 10.5.6: got it via torrent and burnt the ISO on a DVD to be able to use it as OS X installer, but surprise, surprise... I slap it in click on the installer, authorize the restart typing in password and guess what... the mac restarts, but instead of starting the iDeneb installer, the DVD appears loading for roughly 30 sec. then the Mac enters its OS boot process... this tells me that the mac can't boot from the iDeneb DVD and after the failed attempt the next available boot volume gets selected. That at the moment means that I'll have no way to start the install and try the iDeneb on AppleTV
If anyone could take the time to give me a few pointers/details to get this crap sorted out I'd really appreciate it
Thanks in advance! :)