Hacking Apple TV to run boxee, XBMC and enable an external hard drive

by tomek on July 31, 2009


hacking apple tv Hacking Apple TV to run boxee, XBMC and enable an external hard drive

On his blog dannyruchtie.nl, Danny has published short but exhaustive tutorial on how to hack the Apple TV to run boxee, XBMC and enable an external hard drive.

In just four steps he explains how to create and install a patchstick, access Apple TV and enable external USB drives. He ensures the whole process is completely free.

Read the article here.

  • druchtie

    Hi Tomek,
    I have post an other article on my site, that you might find interesting.

    Run Transmission (bittorrent) on the Apple TV
    http://dannyruchtie.nl/index.php/2009/08/run-tr

  • rey721

    Hi there:
    I have downloaded this software but it's been two days that I have been trying to download the “2Z694-5573-24.dmg.” by clicking on Create using button and it gives me a “HTTP Error 404: Not Found” message.
    any solution dudes?

  • iBenoit

    Here is how I got around that issue:

    Google “2Z694-5573-24.dmg” – this will give you a site or two where you can d/l the file.
    Once on your HD, point to it instead of letting the patchstick software d/l it.
    it should work seamlessly.

    Ben

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  • Charlton Monsanto

    Hello, ATV Newbie here but have 2 and love them. Un-hacked. Recently did something stupid. Posted the following on Apple Discussion Forums, wondering if anyone here can give me some guidance. “Wrote over my master iTunes library. No, the same volume was also the Time Machine Back Up volume. Yes – stupid. However, I do have 2 ATVs, and they have the Movies, Photos, TV Shows that were previously synching with my Master Library. Is there anyway for me to pair up one of the ATVs with my Mac, and tell iTunes to import/copy all media from the ATV down to the new iTunes library?

  • klwiz

    Hi. After the hack, my ATV works perfectly with additional 1T Buffalo external drive. WHen I upgraded the HD to 1.5T Seagate, the ATV can't seem to locate the drive. The HD works fine with my iMac. Any advice?

  • jonavision

    If I do this hack, Can the external HD be used for sharing my itunes and movies between my home computers? Am I better off plugging my external HD into an airport express on my home network?

    What I want to do is watch all my media on computers and apple tv and store all the media in one place.

  • http://www.belmos.com Watch TV Shows Online

    The fact that he was on the Hajj implies he is a muslim but, apparently, not muslim enough. What happened to asking an apostate to recant before chopping his head off? But I suppose Mo will understand if fervor got the better of them.

  • http://www.belmos.com Watch TV Shows Online
  • http://www.belmos.com Watch TV Shows Online

    The fact that he was on the Hajj implies he is a muslim but, apparently, not muslim enough. What happened to asking an apostate to recant before chopping his head off? But I suppose Mo will understand if fervor got the better of them.

  • SGGG

    I have followed the above but the harddrive doesn't mount… does the harddrive have to be a certain format? If not what do i do to get it to recognise?

  • JD

    Ok, everything is going perfectly fine & I'm getting the software menu. Nothing happens when I click any of the options though? I'm running 3.1. What am I doing wrong here? I've followed these directions like 20 different times.

    Thanks guys,

    JD

  • Paul

    Hi JD
    That's my problem too. Did you find a solution?

    Paul

  • canchi

    me 3 same problem as JD and Paul but I have a question can I do SSH with a PPC or only Intel?

  • Paul

    I think that this is a known issue and the problem is being worked on. There is a discussion on this topic at the ATV-USB Creator forums: http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/issues/

  • lynnselby

    Is there anyone in the USA that will HACK my apple tv so I can use a 2 TB external hard drive
    thanks,
    Lynn

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  • JSim07

    This is so frustrating. It is not obvious to everyone how “SSH” into their Apple TV – and I find myself chasing message boards and incomprehensible posts on Awkward TV to try and figure it out. Now this article link doesn't work.

    Can anybody help a newbie out. Just got an ATV fresh out the box – new software. Just want to add Boxee to it. I've made the patchstick – loaded it unto ATV and am stuck at the part where I need to “launch” the software.

    Is there a “For idiots” guide for this stuff?

  • Clyde Emmanuel

    i have not been successful with installing nitotv to my apple tv 1st generation. i was able to hack the appletv and i have installed boxxe and xbmc. after i was i was also able to successfully install remote hd. one tutorial instructed to do the following [Go to Software Menu -> 3rd Party. Notice there’re only 4 options available. Select “Check for Updates”, and wait patiently. There should be a progress bar or some animation going on the screen but no, it’s a strange blind wait. Nevetheless, you’ll notice there’ll be a whole lot more stuffs after checking for updates is done. Once that happens, scroll down and select “nitoTV”and install it. Reboot ] i did that and after selecting the 3rd party option my apple tv just rebooted itself.

    i searched another option with instructions on how to use my macbook and the terminal option. that has not worked either. often resulting in errors that said the operation timed out or that that it was not recognized.. 
     could someone offer me some help please::::::::::::::::?

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