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macman0911
Apr 6, 2012, 08:56 AM
I got an Apple TV first generation on eBay running Gentoo Linux and I want to restore it to the standard Apple TV OS but I don't know how. Can anyone give me a way to do this without having to spend any money?



maturola
Apr 6, 2012, 09:11 AM
I got an Apple TV first generation on eBay running Gentoo Linux and I want to restore it to the standard Apple TV OS but I don't know how. Can anyone give me a way to do this without having to spend any money?

You need a MIcro USB cable, then just hook the ATV to your computer, and use iTunes to restore. If that doesn't work, you may need to put the ATV on DFU (you can google or youtube that so you can get a step by step) and then restore.

bucksaddle
Apr 6, 2012, 09:14 AM
If you have purchased a 1st generation Apple TV (silver casing) and you manage to restore it you will not be getting the iOS based operating system seen on the current generation Apple TV's.
You will get the Mac OS X 10.4 based version which is not being updated anymore by Apple.

Intell
Apr 6, 2012, 09:16 AM
You need a MIcro USB cable, then just hook the ATV to your computer, and use iTunes to restore. If that doesn't work, you may need to put the ATV on DFU (you can google or youtube that so you can get a step by step) and then restore.

That won't work on the first gen Apple TV.

You need to hope that the seller left the partitions intact. If he didn't, you're going to have a really hard restoring the Apple TV OS. Try starting it up in recovery mode. I don't remember the correct remote button sequence for it. If it does startup in recovery mode, just restore it. If it doesn't after a few attempts, then the partitions are no longer there and you'll have to pull the Apple TV's hard drive and restore them.

maturola
Apr 6, 2012, 09:45 AM
That won't work on the first gen Apple TV.

You need to hope that the seller left the partitions intact. If he didn't, you're going to have a really hard restoring the Apple TV OS. Try starting it up in recovery mode. I don't remember the correct remote button sequence for it. If it does startup in recovery mode, just restore it. If it doesn't after a few attempts, then the partitions are no longer there and you'll have to pull the Apple TV's hard drive and restore them.

Yeah, you are right i got confuse since the OP said he wanted iOS and iOS doesn't run on the original TV, but he did said first generation, my mistake.

dynaflash
Apr 6, 2012, 10:25 AM
Well restoring it is easy with atvcloner.

The main issue you have is you need to find the boot, efi, and restore images that atvcloner needs to take your atv 1 back to normal.

The interwebs may offer those files.

Gjwilly
Apr 6, 2012, 02:57 PM
Is this any help?
http://stmlabs.com/forum/topic/how-to-revert-back-to-original-apple-tv-1-partitions-software

Meanee
Apr 9, 2012, 03:21 PM
I used to sell ATV1 HDD upgrades on eBay. Made a shell script on a macbook and saved all partitions before. Took me quite a lot of time to do.

If you would like to, you can send me a hard drive, and I can image it for you. PM me if you want that option. As long as you pay for shipping, I will do that.