ATV2 Now Loading Library....

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by omni, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. omni macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    Have 3 old ATV1's all working fine.

    With PSN down and me not wanting to update 360 gold - i was needing a netflix option for the living room. So I decided to pick up a new ATV2.

    Now, I know my library is huge:
    Roughly 10,000 songs
    300 movies
    3000 tv shows

    But wow...i was not expecting it to load forever when selecting my computer. Everything is wired - the only real variable i guess is I have an external drobo, but with the old ATV's this was never an issue.

    Does it get better? Or should I expect it to load forever every time?
  2. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    Do you have high-quality artwork for all your media? This can cause the library load to take a while. My music (about 7,000 songs) is on my iMac's internal drive, but my videos (140 movies, 100 shorts, about 60 TV episodes) are on a FW800 external drive, and the :apple:tv sometimes drags when showing the movie artwork.

    The 1st gen :apple:tv had its own Library file, so it had a relatively quick initial load. The new one doesn't, and only keeps a temporary copy in cache; each time you select a source computer, it checks to see if that computer's iTunes Library file has changed since it last loaded. If so (and if you're adding new media every couple of days, this is likely), it pulls the entire Library file again.

    Another thing you may want to try is going wireless for the :apple:tv. The Ethernet port on the new :apple:tv is only 100 Mbit-- it's not Gigabit, and unless you have a very well segmented home network, it's probably slowing everything else on your home network down to 100 Mbit speeds. If you have a WiFi N router relatively close to the :apple:tv and you get good signal, WiFi-N will transfer data to the :apple:tv faster than Ethernet, and everything else can speed back up to Gigabit on the wired network if that's what you have.
  3. mrfrosty macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2005
    My library is twice the size of yours and my ATV 2's work on wireless. I have around 4 seconds of loading library before everything pops up.
  4. Sparky9292 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2004
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A306 Safari/6531.22.7)

    Hmmm sometimes my library is sluggish too. Not sure why
  5. ayale99 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
  6. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    lol...I have a huge library and the damn ATV2s loading is rubbish....everytime, and I mean EVERYTIME I change selection in categories, the damn wheel of loading shows up. Absolute pain in the butt. In this the ATV1 was decidedly better.

    btw: completely wired network

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