Apple TV easiest Guide on how to Jailbreak ATV2 with xbmc as of 5/22

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Che Castro, May 22, 2011.

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    easiest Guide on how to Jailbreak ATV2 with xbmc as of 5/22

    Things you need for jailbreaking your Apple TV 2

    1. Apple TV 2
    2. MicroUSB = $5 to $10
    3. Computer Windows XP or higher
    4. iTunes 10.1.2.X

    5. sn0wbreeze V2.7.3 = get it here

    6. Get IPSW = get it here
    You Have to download ( AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F305_Restore )

    7. an ssh program, i use Puddy or winscp for windows

    watch this video

    follow step by step

    Get IPSW
    You Have to download ( AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F305_Restore )

    download sn0wbreeze V2.7.3 - open the program follow the steps , after is all done you will have a custom IPSW on your desktop

    if you cant get your apple tv into DFU mode ,use the program here called iReb

    now open itunes (remember to remove the power cord from the apple tv or you will get an error when trying to restore

    in itunes with the apple tv in DFU mode and connected to the computer via the micro usb hold down shift on the keyboard & click restore in itunes, go to your desktop & select the custom IPSW that snowbreeze created

    after itunes finishes restoring, you should go over to your tv with the atv2 and in the menu you should see "Nitotv"

    now how to install XBMC

    first go into nitotv /install software and you will see xbmc there, install that

    now if you have mkv files that are 720p or 1080p this version of xbmc wont work

    you have to install a nightly build version that gets updated every couple of weeks

    heres how after installing the regular xbmc from nitotv, fist in nitotv make sure openssh is installed on your atv2, now you need your atv2 ip address you can find this in the atv2 settings/general/network

    now leave the atv2 connected to the tv & go back to your computer, your going to do some ssh

    open an ssh program, I use one called Putty

    enter your atv2 ip address ,
    username :root
    password: alpine

    now copy & paste these commands

    1. wget

    2. dpkg -i latest_atv2.deb

    3. rm latest_atv2.deb

    dont use the starting numbers

    heres a video guide

    SSH Latest Beta Nightly Built XBMC 10.07 on Jailbroken Apple TV 2 4.2.2

    thats it just go over to your appletv and try & play your mkv videos in xbmc
  2. eTip macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    Great guide. This should help people a lot.

    FYi, For those that don't want to mess with the nightlies, IOS 4.2.1 with the regular release of XBMC (Dharma 10.1) works fine for me. I am able to watch 720p mkv's (with hardware acceleration turned on). SOME of the nightlies have broken SOME things for SOME people. I would suggest checking the threads (look at the stickies) over at before deciding. For me, 4.2.2 with a regular XBMC release caused problems. Because I don’t really need MLB or Netflix and didn't want to mess with the nightly, I downgraded to 4.2.1 & re-installed XBMC. Che is right about nightlies fixing some things....but they aren't stable / official releases and can create problems too - particularly with Addons & alternate skins.

    Also, I would recommend a program or App capable of SFTP (Cyberduck for Mac, Filezilla for PC or Files Connect for iPhone/iPad). This will allow you to drag & drop files to from ATV. Very helpful when installing Addons, skins etc. not in the official repo or making other changes.

    Those with a Mac can ssh from Terminal of course and iPad/iPhone users can use the Prompt App for ssh.
  3. xctechs macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011
    That is awesome, Yes since its beta there are some problems with this release and its not official from XBMC
  4. jsbernal80 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2011
    I have not been able to down load the firmware from the web site that you mentioned. It works for every other version of firmware but not for the 8F305. Does any one knows any other way to get the firmware?
  5. Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Just google the name of the firmware you will find a download link
  6. eTip macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    I always use the links from iClarified for the IPSW's. I trust them & they tend to keep them up to date.
  7. jsbernal80 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2011
    I keep downloading the 8F305 firmware from different sources but both the pownage tool and snowbreeze tell me that it is the wrong bundle. I dont know what i am doing wrong
  8. jsbernal80 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2011
    I tried that one as well but the link for the AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F305_Restore.ipsw redirects me to the apple web site.
  9. audiofx macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2009
    i have the issue, i tried seas0npass it freezes everytime at unzipping IPSW. I also tried pwnage tool, i placed the proper .bundle file in package contents of pwnage tool yet it still says invalid firmware, download from various sources including apple and no go. VERY frustrated right now as its 2 hours i have been at this
  10. audiofx macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2009
    download from a source other then apple, fixed my issue. google the firmware name

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