I need the simplest way to hack this thing

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by dhh93, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    I just got my apple tv, i would like to be able to play all the different formats on it. I was looking for the easiest way for me to do this.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    yes but ive seen a few different guides, could you point me to a good one?
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I don't have an Intel iMac. What are my options?
  5. macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2007
    i used atv4windows

    I'm currently using a patchstick that i downloaded and made on a PC. The website is down now, (atvpatch.com), but I'd keep checking in the next few weeks. It was really easy and now i have a 750GB external in the back that I can FTP movies to. Any format (DIVX, etc...)

    It's a sweet setup. Only probably is I can't upgrade to 2.1 yet....
  6. macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2002
    I used AppleCoreLLC patch software

    It cost $40 to download but was super easy and installed a bunch of plugins, etc automatically... the only thing I had to download myself was Fugue (SFTP client - secure ftp). Search for AppleCoreLLC. You'll need a 500MB or 1GB USB flash drive to do the install.

    Once that is done you'll have an aTV that will play any movies (except MKV files which will still have to be re-ripped), you can hook it up to a UPNP media server like EyeTV or similar.. and it will stream movies to the aTV for you, any format (again MKV works but it chokes on it... so audio/video gets out of sync).

    You'll also be able to auto-install emulators for NES, SNES, Sega and others to play ROM files... some additonal steps needed to hook up with your keyboard... in any case you'll want to read a bunch of tutorials and things at some point to really know what you've got available and what works and doesn't work on aTV 2.0 software (lots of stuff was done for 1.0 but hasn't been updated for 2 yet or maybe never will be)...

    Hmmm it installs a web browser as well but I hear the best option is to get Firefox working... haven't done that myself as yet.

    Good luck. I'm pretty happy with my hacked aTV so far but haven't really gone the extra mile with a mounted USB drive as yet and still have lots of 'plugins' and other software to install - but I've had no real problems following the instructions found on line for most things. I paid the money just because I wanted to see if it would be what I hoped for without having to jump through hoops and spend 10 hours messing with it.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    is there a guide to a patchstick that will install ssh, and nitotv, and all those other plugins and codecs all at the same time?
  8. macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    The most complete one for sure is here but you still need a lot of tweaking and trial and error to get it running.

    PM me
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    I looked around a lot and most of the free options require a lot of time. So I found this place called atvpatch (then atv4windows) which let me download a bunch of files for $20. I copied them to a USB drive, plugged it into my Apple TV and that was it :)

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