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    Default well...I think my ATV is a paperweight

    I have been reading about every aTV forum, wiki, etc out there and still have a dead aTV. I did a boxee update on it on day and then the next time I rebooted nothing happened. I assumed it was just a little problem with the boxee daemon. So, I just tried to do a restore. Well, my remote didnt work. So I tried to reconnect it like the forums said...holding the buttons to disconnect and reconnect. Well, that didnt work. When I turned on my aTV it does nothing..no video output. You can hear the fan, and the from LED blinks yellow...never stops.

    So, I ended up taking my HD out and restoring my original backup. Not only did that not work, but I tried three other different ones I got off line. Same results every time.

    I also tried to boot from a usb drive. That is a no go as well. I have let it totally unplugged for more then an hour serveral times....nothing. Is my hardware fried? Anything to fix this?

    Oh, I cant ssh into it either...it doesnt even get to the apple logo...like I said, no video at all. But, my tv does stop at that HDMI input so it knows something is on.

    Help me fix this piece of shit....btw, if its not hardware I would like to try a full OS X maybe? Well, i'll wait for that since I maybe need new hardware

    Thanks in advance..

    Steve



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    several threads on awkwardtv forums about restoring an "bricked" appletv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davilla View Post
    several threads on awkwardtv forums about restoring an "bricked" appletv.
    I have not found one that fixed mine yet. I know I have seen the one they posted even if you didnt have a backup, which I tried and still the same result. I think it was with the smallatv.dmg. Anyway, it seems to not detect any harddrive, remote, usb, etc. If you have an article you see that fits my situation..please link me because I cant find anything. Most that cant boot see the apple logo or can restore with the remote or something. I have no clue.

    Thanks,

    Steve

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    Yes, that correct, you will not find any threads that exactly match your current situation. But several are pretty close. Each situation is different and there is no one-click solution. For starters, read these wiki entries.

    ATVBackup - atv-bootloader - Google Code -> Opps I did not make a backup

    ATVBackup - atv-bootloader - Google Code -> Restore

    AwkwardTV Community & Forums • View topic - Trying to restore AppleTV

    The first URL tells you how to recreate the contents of Recovery from an AppleTV update DMG. Recovery is only partition that matters as a Factory Restore will rebuild OSBoot and Media from the OS.dmg inside Recovery. The first partition (EFI) is empty but must be present.

    The second URL tells you how to completely reformat the internal drive with four partitions of the proper GPT format. The only decision point is if you have the 40GB or 160GB internal disk.

    The third URL is a long thread that walks a user through rebuilding Recovery and wiping OSBoot and Media.

    Use atvusb-creator-1.0b10 (OSX) or atv-win-1.0b11 (windows) to build a patchstick. If under linux, see atv-bootloader but use the mach_kernel from the disk image from atv-win-1.0b11. It's a later version that what atv-bootloader uses and has more bin tools. If you use either of the two above, remove patchstick.sh from the flash drive and now it works just like atv-bootloader.

    These three URLs give enough information to un-brick any AppleTV provided the internal disk and atv hardware are working. It's very rare to really brick an AppleTV.

    All of the solutions to fix the AppleTV involves building a Linux based USB patchstick and preforming Linux command-line operations using a telnet connection over a wired network. The first step is making the patchstick and booting it. Once you have this working, the rest is easy.
    Last edited by davilla; 01-22-2009 at 02:47 AM.

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    I have a similar (but different) problem... and I not sure what to try next...

    The HD died in my ATV. I got a new shiny 160 and installed it. I have followed all the instructions to get the partitions rebuilt, get the OS installed, etc. I have tried two different versions of the OS downloaded from mesu. The original HD sounds like it has a head crash, so recovering the original image is out of the question. So here is where I am at:

    The ATV boots up and I get to the language select screen. I cannot select a language, nor can I move up or down (to select a different language). I can pair and unpair my remote, reboot the ATV (menu down), and I can get the resolution select screen to come up (menu up). I patchsticked it and can SSH into the unit. I even installed AwkwardTV's OSUpdate and that works... I can move between OS version easily.. but I still have the same issue as above... stuck at the first language select screen.

    I have updated the IRReceiver code as well, same result. I cannot seem to run the AppleCapsule.efi updater (with the associated .scap file)... I get a "can't execute binary file" error. I have chmod'd the file. I have downloaded this several times/versions with the same result. Don't know if it is related to the original problem or not. I do not know if AppleCapsule.efi can be executed directly or requires another piece.

    Anyway, I have been working on this for a couple of days now... but I am running out of ideas... any help would be greatly appreciated...

    -Aaron


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    All of the solutions to fix the AppleTV involves building a Linux based USB patchstick and preforming Linux command-line operations using a telnet connection over a wired network. The first step is making the patchstick and booting it. Once you have this working, the rest is easy.
    First off, thank you for taking the time to write up a good response. It took me a while to get back to this post becuase I wanted to make sure that I did everything correct.

    • I have done a full restore on my HD (works fine through usb on my computer so the drive works)
    • I have create a atv patchstick using the page you linked...using Ubuntu.
    • When I plug in my aTV, it waits 2 seconds with a amber light (yellow) and then starts to blink. This is with a usb drive in, usb drive out, reg hd in, reg hd out...always the same results. Switch the cmos battery, tried lots of stuff here.


    It seems to me that all of the ports (usb and nic) are not getting power. I hear the reg HD start and spin and it acts like its going to use it or something. No video (HDMI port) ... I assume it doesnt work like the usb and nic.

    Tried to do a reboot with two different remotes. Doesnt even show indication of it not accepting the signals. Menu + - does nothing on boot or after it tries to boot. Menu + >> does not repair the remote to the aTV unless you are in the right menu, which I can not get there.

    I cant ssh into it ...no network is working, wired or wireless.

    The aTV manual says that the blinking amber light mean that its starting...well if that is true..mine never gets past this point. It would blink amber and white if it had problems.

    PLEASE someone give me something else to try here...its looking like the hardware to me. I hope someone can help soon...I'm about 2 hours from smashing the shit out of this aTV.

    Thanks

    Steve

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    @srafx -> sounds like your patchstick is not working. you do have a valid boot.efi on it? Until that is working, all bets are off. Start by giving a "ls -la" listing of the patchstick, then a parted listing of the usb drive. If not gpt format using the special recovery guid and using the correct boot.efi. It will not boot.

    @prdamrican->last time I say something like this was because the mach_kernel and the OS.dmg were miss-matched. The mach_kernel in recovery MUST match the mach_kernel inside the OS.dmg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davilla View Post
    @srafx -> sounds like your patchstick is not working. you do have a valid boot.efi on it? Until that is working, all bets are off. Start by giving a "ls -la" listing of the patchstick, then a parted listing of the usb drive. If not gpt format using the special recovery guid and using the correct boot.efi. It will not boot.
    Ok. This is what my patchstick is:

    Code:
    ls -al
    total 5892
    -rw-r--r--  1 stevealbright stevealbright  298800 2009-01-25 15:24 boot.efi
    -rw-r--r--  1 root          root              231 2008-03-15 23:31 boot_linux.sh
    -rw-r--r--  1 root          root            68619 2008-03-01 11:27 BootLogo.png
    -rw-r--r--  1 root          root              536 2009-01-25 15:40 com.apple.Boot.plist
    -rw-r--r--  1 root          root              536 2008-03-16 18:05 com.apple.Boot.plist~
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 root          root          5912292 2008-04-26 20:49 mach_kernel
    -rw-r--r--  1 root          root               57 2008-03-15 23:31 patchstick.sh
    drwxr-xr-x  1 root          root                4 2008-01-26 13:22 System
    I have been at this all morning and I think it comes down to how to get the correct boot.efi file. Can you list really brief specific order I would need to do?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by srafx; 01-25-2009 at 09:51 PM.

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    BTW here is the parted list. Forgot to post it. Everything seems fine but it just doesnt boot the usb drive.

    For it to boot on the usb drive would it have to verify something on the reg. hard drive? Maybe something is wrong with that?

    HTML Code:
    sudo parted -s /dev/sdd unit s print
    Model:  USB DISK 20X (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdd: 492544s
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: gpt
    
    Number  Start  End     Size    File system  Name     Flags  
     1      40s    69671s  69632s  hfs+         primary  atvrecv

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    @srafx ->

    you have both boot_linux.sh and patchstick.sh on the USB drive. Why? You are not booting a Linux install so you don't need boot_linux.sh and my instructions say

    If you use either of the two above, remove patchstick.sh from the flash drive and now it works just like atv-bootloader.
    remove them. also remove "com.apple.Boot.plist~", and show the contents of "com.apple.Boot.plist" so I can check it.

    md5 checksum boot.efi and see if it matches that listed on the awkward wiki. If not, then you have the wrong boot.efi. Any AppleTV update dmg has the correct boot.efi inside. See the atv-bootloader wiki on how to extract it.

    your parted listing looks correct, it starts at sector 40 and has the correct GUID flag (atvrecv).

    you might also change the owner/group of boot.efi to root:root.


 

 
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