Making AppleTV set a default source on startup?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cstromme, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. cstromme macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2007
    I went out and bought the 40G AppleTV on Friday, and to make things as easy as possible for my girlfriend I want it to default to a different source than the AppleTV itself, since the drive is too small to host all my tv-shows and movies. Is there any way to set this so that it defaults to my Mac Mini instead of having to go through the Sources menu each time it starts up?
  2. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    No software method. If you choose the mini in sources and then never turn it (the mini) off, the :apple:TV seems to maintain the connection to that source. However, if the mini does get turned off (power outage) or your network router loses power (power outage), :apple:TV will switch back to its own "local" (40gb hard drive in your case) source.

    Show her how to recognize that it is not in the ideal "source" (which is simply noting the name at the top of the :apple:TV on screen navigation). Then, show her how to change sources (it's pretty easy).

    But, to get as close to what you want as possible, buy some battery backup for your mini and router and leave them on 24/7.
  3. cstromme thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2007
    My router and Mini is actually connected to a UPS, the problem lays with the AppleTV.

    I was hoping there was some plist or something I could edit.
  4. imlucid macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    No, it the Apple TV will always boot into the local source.

  5. whistler72 macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2007
    I see that sometimes it changes sources by itself. Kinda frustrating.
  6. sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    In addition to the source computer having to be on all the time, iTunes has to be running on that computer all the time too. If you quit or re-start iTunes on the source computer, the :apple:TV will revert to its HD as the source, and won't automatically re-connect to the streamed library once it's available again -- you'll have to re-select it from the Sources menu when you go to use the :apple:TV again.

    In fact, if your source computer so much as goes to sleep it will bump you off. The :apple:TV has to have continuous access to the streamed library or it will switch to its own HD as the source.
  7. cstromme thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2007
    ^ I actually experienced that twice already.

    There must be some way to make it change source via the console? If so then it should be fairly easy to write a script that does it automatically.

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