AppleTV hacking and restoring to factory default

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by kothrush, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. macrumors member


    Jul 15, 2002
    I am planning to use patchstick solution to hack the appleTV , mainly for divx/xvid compatibility. I would like to know if someone has hacked it and then restored it to factoty default, essentially removing hack.

    I have read few reports about this, some say since appleTV OS is on hard drive partition which can not be deleted, you can always restore the original state whenever you want. but, some have bricked their appleTV too. So, I would like to know if which software hacking is "fully restorable" and which one can brick appleTV if you try to restore to factory conditions.

    I would assume since its software hacking and assuming it does not screw up firmware, it should always be reversible.
  2. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Cave Man's Apple TV Hacking First Commandment: Thou shall always make a disc image of thou Apple TV hard drive prior to hacking it.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    You are right. If you only use the "regular hacks" that are around, there is no problem and you can do a factory restore without a problem.
    If you mess around e.g. by trying to "downgrade" e.g. from 2.0 to 1.0, there might be serious issues.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2008

    Absolutely, you can always initiate a restore by holding down the menu and - buttons. When the ATV reboots, you'll have the option to restore to factory conditions by downloading the latest firmware. This will remove any hack modifications you've made.

    Of course, if you try to downgrade software versions.... well, it's possible, but discouraged.
  5. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Not if you screw up the recovery partition. If that happens, and you don't have an image of your drive, you're screwed.

    Why is it discouraged?

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