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The world’s first SSD-equipped Apple TV

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on June 13, 2008

ssd with white lite The worlds first SSD equipped Apple TV

Josh Lee is not a typical kind of guy so why should his Apple TV be like anybody else’s? Why settle for a 40GB traditional hard drive when there are solid-state drives out there that run faster, quieter and cooler?

And that was exactly what Josh did. He replaced his clunky old 40GB hard drive on his Apple TV with a new state-of-the-art Transcend 32GB SSD. All he did was taking an image of his 40gb drive, doing a little diskutil repartitioning trick and then writing the image back to the new drive. Voila – the world’s first SSD-equipped Apple TV.

So was it worth it? Josh reported that the heat coming off of the Apple TV has been reduced. However, as far as speed, it is more or less the same. He mentioned though that it might have made a difference if he got a faster version of the SSD.

Here is Josh’s original email to me:

attached are a few pics..

its the Transcend 32GB SSD model# TS32GSSD25-M
I picked it up for about 160 bucks + shipping..

all i did was take an image of my 40GB drive..

then mounted it, resized the Media Partition with “diskutil resizePartition disk sizeG”

which didnt change the size of the DMG file, i suspose there is a way to compress it with hdutil.. ?

then i DD’d the image to the SSD, which took forever. it came back and said it was full not enough space..

i tried it anyway in the apple tv. then did a factory restore, (i think this recreates the partitons) and came out like you see in the pics… then it asked if i wanted to upgrade, and i did.

used the patch2stick and im up and running without all that HEAT! icon smile The worlds first SSD equipped Apple TV lol

its basically the same process for upgrading the drive…. as far as space is concerned.. who needs so much space on the ATV anyway? i store everything on a NAS.. icon smile The worlds first SSD equipped Apple TV

Here are the photos forwarded to me:

running with 22.thumbnail The worlds first SSD equipped Apple TVupdating atv.thumbnail The worlds first SSD equipped Apple TVrunning with 11.thumbnail The worlds first SSD equipped Apple TVpatchstick upgrade.thumbnail The worlds first SSD equipped Apple TVrunning white.thumbnail The worlds first SSD equipped Apple TV

Jaman TV for Apple TV Take 2 available

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on March 4, 2008

jamantv20 Jaman TV for Apple TV Take 2 available

Did somebody not just ask me if Jaman TV was available for Apple TV Take 2?  Well, I guess, the answer is “yes”.

Jaman just informed me a few days back that the Jaman TV plugin is now available for Apple TV Take 2.  I played around with it and am happy to report that it works flawlessly on my updated Apple TV.

As far as I know, there are no new features.  Just the ability to work with the new Apple TV 2.0 software.

The Patchstick zip file is available for download here.   You can refer to the original Jaman TV post (located here) for installation instructions and how to use the player.

Creating Patchstick for Apple TV Take 2 under Windows

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on March 4, 2008

atvwindows Creating Patchstick for Apple TV Take 2 under Windows

Good news for you Windows folks. Now, you, too, can create Patchsticks for modding your Apple TV without the need of an Intel Mac.

The guys at ATV4Windows have finally figured what thought to be impossible only a few weeks back: a way to create Patchsticks under Windows. Not only that, they even have a video to prove it.

Congratulations, ATV4Windows team.

Couch Surfer 0.2 now available

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 29, 2008

Version 0.2 of Couch Surfer brings you support for History and the ability to load “new window” links. Brandon has also made available custom webkit frameworks in a separate file.

Thanks, Brandon.

Let me know how it goes. Just got the files from Brandon. I haven’t even installed it yet.

The browser formerly known as Safari HD is now “Couch Surfer”

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 22, 2008

After a little run in with the lawyers from Apple concerning the the name and the logo of “Safari HD”, Brandon has decided to change the name of his immensely popular browser plugin to “Couch Surfer” along with a new logo.

The files are listed below.  Download away!

Site reorganization

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 21, 2008

I’ve been putting this off for too long.   The complaints have been mounting about how hard it is to find the information you need.   And the absent of forums is also forcing our readers to communicate via comments instead.

So I am now in the process of reorganizing the content of the site to make it easier to find what you need.  I will also be installing a bulletin board software so our readers can finally communicated more effectively.  If I have time, I might even start a video  podcast explaining all the different hacks available on the site.

The goal here is make things easier on you, the readers.  Hacking the Apple TV should be fun and not something to lose sleep about.

Just be patient.

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