Any ATV Problems Since Updating OS X to 10.5.7?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cubbie5150, May 16, 2009.

  1. cubbie5150 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    Just wondering if anyone else has noticed any issues w/ their Apple TV since the last OS update...and whether they know of fixes to my issues. My ATV now keeps dropping out of my iTunes Devices list, and I keep getting that "format is not recognized" error when trying to play files that played just fine a week ago. I constantly have to re-boot the ATV & re-start iTunes....never had a problem with ATV disconnecting before, and it's been ages since I had seen the "format not recognized" error....

    ETA: My ATV is connected to a 1st gen Airport Extreme Base Station via ethernet; my iTunes library is stored on a OWC Mercury Elite-Al external hard drive connected to my MBP via firewire 800
  2. lloyd26 macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2009
    I've just experienced the same problem, and will revert back to 10.5.6 to see if it corrects it.
  3. cubbie5150 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    I'd rather not revert back to 10.5.6 as the .7 update seems to have smoothed-over some non-ATV related issues for me. I ended up restoring my ATV to factory, and am re-syncing about 130GB of selected music right now...what a PITA!! I'll then have to update software as my ATV came w/ 2.0 factory installed. Just couldn't take it anymore--I play some content, turn off my ATV, and then it disappears from my devices list in iTunes. I re-start iTunes & manually re-sync, but when I try to play content, I get that damn "don't recognize format" message. If I re-boot ATV & re-start iTunes I can then play content, but the cycle starts over again. I'm hoping restoring my ATV isn't just a waste of time..
  4. lloyd26 macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2009
    I reverted back to my pre-10.5.7 backup with 10.5.6 - and ATV is back to normal... I'm going to hold off on updating to 10.5.7 for a while now.
  5. cubbie5150 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    Crap.... Now I'll have to at least consider going back to .6; restoring my ATV did nothing but waste my time--it's showing the same things/issues as before. I am so pissed right now.
  6. TheCheapGeek macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    I have been running 10.5.7 since the night it was released with no issues at all streaming to two apple TV's
  7. Sonicjay macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
  8. evildarklordude macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2008
    New York, NY
    Have Experienced Similar Issues

    I have had similar issues with my ATV but they have been related to my AEBS firmware. When I go to 7.4.1 (I'm not sure about this number, I mean the most recent one) It gives me the same errors you are concerned about. When I revert back to firmware 7.3.2, it seems to work fine. So the problem may not be the OS Update but the AEBS firmware.

  9. cubbie5150 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    O.K. Thanks for stopping in here & offering that up...I was just assuming this was 10.5.7 related. Since restoring my ATV, I still have the same problems--my ATV drops out of my iTunes Devices list, and when I restart iTunes & re-sync, my media won't play ("format not recognized"). Gonna have to see if I can find an installer for the previous AEBS firmware as I only started using Time Machine again very recently (too long to explain).
  10. srexy macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2006
    Ditto on the Airport Extreme Base Station firmware update. I reverted back to 7.3.2 because 7.4.1 was playing havoc around the house. My media files are on a windows box btw and I was having to restart both it, my AEBS and the :apple:tv to stop the stuttering and dropouts I was experiencing.

    Since reverting back to old firmware it's back to steady-eddy dependability.
  11. cubbie5150 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    Can anyone direct me to where I can download the 7.3.2 firmware? Haven't been able to find via Google. Nor can I get it through AirPort Utility updater (I tried the ol' Option key + "check for updates" from the Airport Utility file menu, but it won't allow me to check the box for 7.3.2 for my AEBs--a 1st gen NON-gigabyte ethernet)
  12. cubbie5150 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    Just wanted to add that I finally figured out how to downgrade firmware--feel kinda stupid now. For those that may not know how:
    --Open Airport Utility
    --go to "Base Station" dropdown menu on the menubar, here's the KEY - Hold down Option key and hit UPLOAD FIRMWARE
    --7.3.2 is one of the available firmwares in the dropdown box that pops up

    Now I just gotta hope this fixes my ATV issues
  13. heliocentric Guest

    Nov 26, 2008
    it does it for me and i just have a netgear router.

    any suggestions?

    does going back to 10.5.6 really help?

  14. cubbie5150 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    Well, downgrading my AEBS (1st gen, -n enabled) firmware to 7.3.2 did NOT fix my issues--ATV still drops out of my iTunes devices list after a period of inactivity. Before upgrading to OS X 10.5.7, ATV could sit idle for several days w/out dropping out of iTunes, and I hadn't experienced the "format not recognized" error in almost a year. This is frustrating

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