Question about installing 10.4 on Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by AdrianK, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    According to the procedure is as follows:

    About step 5: my MacBook Pro 5,5 can't boot Tiger, since the earliest it shipped with is Leopard so I wouldn't be able to boot the ATV's drive, however, I'm wondering if step 8 is really necessary. I have the install disks for an iMac Core Duo which are 10.4.11,beyond 10.4.8 which they claim you need to update to. Hopefully that would mean that the ATV would boot in to the set up process when the rest of the steps are carried out?

    And yeah, I know there are images for 10.5, but I'd prefer 10.4 as it should be faster and everything I need is supported under 10.4 (also it was the first version of OS X I ever used - on a dell no less - so I have a soft spot for it :p).

    Could anyone who has performed the procedure share some words of wisdom? :)
  2. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2010
    Canadian Eh!
    Did you get it figured?

    The instructions your following seem way more complicated then they need to be, try this instead.

    It's much simpler a process. I used a 10.5.8 prebuild image that is linked in the guide.
  3. AdrianK thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    My ATV is en route atm, will be getting it next week. I'll definitely try with the disks I have as soon as I get it and report back.

    I really don't want leopard, but I guess I might have to settle for a 10.5 prebuilt image if there aren't any for 10.4 floating around.
  4. Bill.the.Cat macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2011
    Why don't you want Leopard? Curious because that's what I run on my ATV and it's great. Do you have some evidence for Tiger being "faster" on the ATV?
  5. AdrianK thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Hmm, maybe you're right. As long as I can get A/V via component, Crystal HD and ethernet working I'll be happy camper.
  6. Bill.the.Cat macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2011
    Make sure you go with the 10.5.5 image, then, instead of 10.5.8. Or use the latter and a cheap USB audio adapter.

    Given CrystalHD in your list, it seems you want to use it for playback? CrystalHD will not help if you are running Tiger or Leopard; it's only useful under the linux-based XBMC and (possibly) under the stock ATVOS. I once installed the OS X driver for my CrystalHD card on ATV1 and wasn't able to view HD material reliably. ATV1 now only does Leopard Server duty for me.

    If you want to use the ATV1 for HD material playback, the only real option is XBMC + CrystalHD. ATVOS with CrystalHD apparently can work, but the types of files that will play is more limited.
  7. AdrianK thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Thought so, thanks for confirming.

    Ah, I was under the impression that it "just worked" (after installing the driver) with XMBC, as that's what I was told by a friend with a CHD in his netbook running 10.5.8.

    Major bummer :-/
  8. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003

    use the linux image ... it works great on atv 1 running chd for playback.

    Or as said above go get nazarko's crystalbuntu patchstick image and do it that way.
  9. Bill.the.Cat macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2011
    Oh, it "just works" perfectly with Sam Nazarko's Crystalbuntu image (Optimized Ubuntu install with CrystalHD card and XBMC). For me it did not work well with OS X, i.e., didn't play HD smoothly. I'm much happier with a couple of ATV2s and the ATV1 as iTunes server.
  10. lanayapiper macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2012

    I have read this one but haven't tried yet. :)
  11. richwiggy macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2012
    aple tv

    can you help me please
    I am running my dell alongside my mac til the wife gets the hang of it
    when i connect my apple tv to the dell all works well
    when i connect it to the mac the movies will not download to the apple tv hard drive, the music and the photos are fine
    any suggestions please.

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