My Apple TV won't start

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by amonteforte, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. amonteforte macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
    One morning it simply got stuck with a blinking between the white and amber lights on the small LED in the right front, and it just won't start. I have checked all cables and connexions. I have no service or warranty left on it; should I throw it away and go back to Tivo, or what?

    I'm upset because it failed just days after the warranty expired.

  2. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    have u actually unpluged it i heard that can help to a hard reset on the apple tv
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I'd contact Apple anyway if it's truly failed. They are often sympathetic withing several days post-warranty.

    Make sure you try to do a factory restore before contacting Apple.
  4. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Try the tips already posted. Then, try Apple.

    But if both of those fail, the most likely culprit is a hard drive failure. I've ordered several replacements on ebay (including 320gb versions) and found it pretty easy to replace it myself. In the Apple store, they told me it would be cheaper to just buy a new one rather than have them swap a 40gb drive.

    It seems to work better than ever before now (the 320gb drive is faster than the stock drives).
  5. amonteforte thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
    Thanks, guys.

    I did unplug it of course, to no avail. I agree it might be the HD. I'll look into that.

    Happy new year!

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