Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by c11urk, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. c11urk macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
    Hi all,

    I bought a appletv1 off eBay because wanted one with a hardrive instead of leaving the iMac on for the kids to stream films

    Iv'e had it back and when it loads up it goes stright to XBMC. no apple screen at all. They did say it came with XBMC. but i don't want this any idea how to restore it please?

    Many thanks for your time.
  2. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    My guess is its running linux xbmc which you can tell if when it boots up you see a bunch of command line stuff run across the screen along with a penguin logo. If that is the case, you would need to have all three stock appletv images and re-image your drive with something like atvcloner or do it via the terminal.
  3. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Hopefully the restore partition was left in tact. Hold down the menu and minus button for several seconds. If the recovery partition is there you should get a diag menu that permits you to do a factory restore.
  4. c11urk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
    That is correct it looks like linux xbmc

    Hi thank you for the help i've tried this. but it just restarts and goes back to the command line stuff then xbmc menu

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