Apple TV Constantly needs to be restarted.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Necco, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Necco macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Frankfort, Illinois
    Hi, my family and I sadly don't use our Apple TV as much as we should for what it costs but its a frustrating machine. I'm just wondering if anyone else has this problem: That after leaving the Apple TV alone and on for maybe a week or so, when switching the AV back to it, the Apple TV freezes and needs to be restarted. It seems to happen about 50% of the time.

    Is this just our Apple TV or are there more people with this problem. If so, how do you cope?

  2. ayale99 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    I've never had that problem and I use mine almost daily.

    Maybe just turn it off if you're not using it for long periods of time?
  3. jonthegeologist macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Yes, same problem here and I understood it to be an issue with HDMI and certain HDTVs.

    However, I've not had any issues since the 2.1 update so I recommend updating your ATV if you've not already done so. [I would add that since the update I've used my ATV more -- that could be the reason]
  4. nfrankli macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I actually had a lot more problems once Apple TV updated to 2.1. I do have a 2007 Samsung LCD, which have been known to have HDMI handshaking problems. I updated the firmware on my LCD, by downloading it from and installing it via USB. The results are pretty good in that the AppleTV no longer crashes/freezes. The handshake still takes ~10seconds, but it's better than having to reboot the AppleTV every day or so.
  5. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I have experienced the hang up twice myself since updating to 2.1. I have a 2007 Sony XBR4.
  6. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    I have to say that ATV is becoming a PITA.

    It seems to drop off the network at random times and only recovers with a reboot.

    Often it will hang with the Apple logo on the screen and only recovers with a reboot.

    Both these problems seem to have been around for a while now and yet there's still no fix from Apple. Very disappointing tbh.
  7. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    I had problems like this. I went over the set up instructions with a fine tooth comb and found that the ATV IP address was wrong and meant it was not configured properly. If I remember correctly if the IP address starts with anything other than 192 then its not configured correctly. Mine started 158 (i think).
  8. t1n0m3n, Oct 29, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2017

    t1n0m3n macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2014
    My 4th Gen ATV seems to require a reboot about one a week. The remote/interface starts progressively losing functionality until a reboot. After reboot, all is well for another week. I have Gen 3 ATV, roku, nvidia shield tv, chromecasts, and smart TVs... No device that I have is as frustrating as the gen 4 Apple TV. Whoever designed the remote should be fired. Even when working properly, the touch pad part of the remote is trash.

    Edit : The more I think about it, the more I think my problems are the apps implementation in Apple TV that I hate the most. HBO and Hulu are the worst offenders. Using the Menu button in HBO just makes me mad. Example: The menu button function changes in the same spot in the app seemingly at random. Sometimes a quick click is back, sometimes it takes you completely out of the app... Frustrating.

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