Flashing orange light

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by versacejohn, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. versacejohn macrumors newbie

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    My Apple TV has started flashing an orange light, and the tv says there is not signal, is it dead or can it be reapired. I live in the UK
     
  2. mallbritton macrumors 6502a

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    Try pulling the power cord, wait a few seconds then plug it back in. If the problem persists I suggest calling Apple support.

    Regards,
    Michael
     
  3. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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  4. primozzs macrumors newbie

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    Did you manage your ATV, my gadged is dead too and I dont know what to do, blinking orange LED.

    Kind regards,
    Primozz
     
  5. Chunk72 macrumors member

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    My Dad had the same problem with an original ATV that I bought for him, turned out the video card failed so the unit is junk.

    I even replaced the hard drive with one from a known good ATV. So I kept the scrapper and he got mine.
     
  6. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    A lot of times, this (flashing orange light) means the hard drive is dead- an easy replacement. There's some sources on ebay that will sell you bigger, better hard drives already set up with :apple:TV software (for around $120). You just swap out the old one for the new one and you have what may feel like a brand new :apple:TV. I've done this twice (2 :apple:TVs) and the faster drives do make a difference. It's not a difficult job; the hardest part is carefully removing the rubber boot on the bottom without tearing it.

    Sometimes the orange flash means other hardware has had it, so this isn't a sure thing. But, in my own case, it's been solved by doing this... more than once.

    I suspect the heat combined with the "always on" (never sleep) nature of the :apple:TV just wears out hard drives faster than necessary.
     

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