1st Gen Apple TV - Crystal HD card installed

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by m11rphy, May 14, 2017.

  1. m11rphy macrumors 6502

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    Hi All,

    I have been looking at get a 1st Gen Apple TV - Crystal HD card installed, the plan is that I can load it with movies when we go on vacation. Im told have the Crystal HD card installed means I can play 1080p movies. My question is do I have to us KODI for this or can I use the native apple media player?
     
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    why not go something that's not over 10 years old?

    the Roku Ultra has a USB port, just add a USB stick, and it's much more powerful than the aTV 1, and you don't have to muck around with it. plus once you get somewhere that has network, you'll have access to all of the modern apps (amazon, HBO, showtime, etc...)

    or if you want to muck around, a raspberry pi with KODI is easier to set up, and probably more powerful, no crystal needed.
    https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/usage/kodi/README.md
     
  3. m11rphy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Because I'm an Apple guy and I want to use Apple hardware and UI
     
  4. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure if the native OS can see the Crystal HD card. I moved to Kodi (using OpenELEC) before I added the Crystal HD cards to my ATV1s. Kodi is really the only reason to keep these old boxes around. Roku doesn't support a Kodi channel, so while that is my main set top box, the ATV1 can run Kodi to interface with my PVR (MythTV).
     
  5. nollimac macrumors regular

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    May I ask how you installed it on AppleTV-1? I just downloaded Kodi 17, and I have always had 1080P on AppleTV-1 because my stereo receiver upgrades it.
     
  6. rmm805 macrumors member

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    I don't believe the native player can use the crystal card. I believe you need to use openelec/kodi.
     
  7. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't think the original OS could, but I didn't put the Crystal HD cards in until after I had switched.

    As far as how they are installed, you just remove the WiFi card and replace it with the Crystal HD card. If you still need WiFi, you add a USB WiFi receiver. OpenElec is installed by creating a bootable USB stick that overwrites the original OS. Both jobs are super easy, and you end up with a usable frontend for local video files, which is a weak spot with Roku, although I have since found a paid channel that can do most of what Kodi can do. It isn't very good at working with MythTV DVR, though.
     
  8. nollimac macrumors regular

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    I did create a bootable OpenElec USB stick some years ago...not sure what version it was or whether I still have it. Also, I have downloaded a version of OpenElec with Kodi built-in. I hardly use the AppleTV-1 anymore...hope this rejuvenate my usage.
     
  9. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    You are an "Apple guy" but you want muck around ancient hardware?
     
  10. ssgbryan macrumors 6502a

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    That is pretty much what "Apple guys (and gals)" do - it isn't like Timmy is kicking out current hardware, now is he?

    Then there is the:

    I can load it with movies when we go on vacation.

    That you seemed to have missed.
     
  11. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    Funny. When I go on vacation, I just bring my 4th gen Apple TV and stream all my movies like I do at home.

    Current hardware??? I do believe Apple has released 3 generations of ATVs since the first one. And it was Steve Jobs in all his splendor that got rid of the local storage on the ATV.
     

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