Apple TV not mirroring

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ian m, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. ian m, Jan 16, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2012
    I've had my Apple TV for about a year and only really use it for Netflix and Youtube. I recently upgraded my Early 2011 Macbook's OS to Mountain Lion and last night I noticed a strange icon in my toolbar that looked like this [​IMG] I clicked it and saw it said "Apple TV", and immediately my Netflix movie shut off and my TV screen was mirroring my laptop's screen.

    The only problem is I can't get it to work again. That icon isn't appearing in my toolbar, and my computer says it can't read my Apple TV or any other Airplay devices. Is this a common problem? I want to explore this option some more and can't seem to mirror my laptop anymore.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2012
    Sounds like a flaky router prob to me.

    Try turning it on and off again.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2012
    Reset your ATV and reconnect everything. Mirroring works great after having to do that.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2012
    Boston (aka Red Sox Nation)
    This has happened to me a few times, also my ATV will tell me to turn on home sharing when i have already done so. Reboots work wonders sometimes.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2012
    Alright, so since posting the OP I did an iTunes upgrade, as well as upgrade my ATV just to be safe. I finally got the Airplay icon in my menu bar, but it took a while to show up. I'm guessing it's just a connection issue, as many people I've seen online have had similar problems. The icon's still there, so hopefully it stays there.

    The mirroring works well, but when I play a movie through my laptop the TV image freezes and lags, as well. I'm assuming this is just an effect of using Wi-fi and having this be a new technology.
  6. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    What router are you using? If the ATV on WiFi or Ethernet?

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