Apple is on a roll.Â iTunes 7.3.1 just came out a month ago, now there is 7.3.2.Â Man, you guys are hard at work, Apple.
It seems like there is no new functionality.Â Just bug fixes to improve stability and performance.
Go get yours today!
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We got a lot of people writing in about how the patch is NOT going to work for them.Â We have already addressed that in the previous blog entry.
Now, we’dÂ like to hear from those who got the patch to work.Â How do you like it?Â Anybody got a 2TB drive plugged in yet?Â Maybe you can send in a screen shot of the settings screen showing your USB drive size?
Come on.Â Show some love.
We are aware that the USB Patch released on Friday night was pretty restrictive on the requirements:Â Intel-Mac, OS X files, Apple TV Software 1.0, etc.
Now that the source code is out in the wild,Â we would like the community to investigate these issues and submit improvements over the existing code.
We feel that the highest priority is to make the patch work with Apple TV software 1.1.Â Reverting back your Apple TV software to the previous version is just a step backward.Â One shouldn’t have to be forced to do this.
Next priority is to make the install script work on other environments:Â Windows, PPC OS X, etc. Correct me if I’m wrong but if all of compilation takes place on the Apple TV, (which runs the Intel version of OS X) then there shouldn’t be any restrictions on the computer that remotes into it, right?Â Or you can just tell me that I’m full of it.
Of course, the ultimate goal is to wrap the geeky stuff in a nice GUI, then we’ll all be happy.Â Volunteers?
So what are you waiting for?Â Help us out.Â All lines are opened, operators are standing by.
After numerous delays, we present you the USB patch that you guys have been waiting for. You can find the link to the patch at the bottom of this blog entry.
Just a recap for those who are not familiar with this. A few months back, AppleTVHacks.net and FatWallet set up a bounty looking for a way to use an external USB drive as a primary storage for the Apple TV. The patch must still allow the Apple TV to boot from its internal hard drive but only use the external USB drive as its primary storage.
First of all, our team would like to thank Patrick Walton of University of Chicago for sending us the original entry. We certainly appreciate his effort; it was a quite an achievement. Unfortunately, syncing did not work. By the time we realized the problem, Patrick was already too busy to fix his code.
Fortunately, Tom Anthony, our resident geek, was able to pick up where Patrick left off and fixed the syncing problem that the original patch had.
We would also like to thank Turbo for spending the time to test out the patch.
The patch was written for and, therefore, tested on Apple TV software version 1.0. If you have 1.1, the patch might not work. Please let us know if you can get the patch to work on 1.1.
What you need:
Under Unix or Intel Mac, use “uninstall-atvrhd.sh” to uninstall the patch. It should undo the changes – however, if you get really stuck, use the “Factory Restore” feature on your Apple TV.
If you would like discuss about this patch (problems, praises, etc.), please use AppleTVSource.com’s Forums page for that.
AppleTVHacks.net team would like to thank FatWallet for sponsoring this bounty and for their patience. Without them, this would not be possible.
We would also like to apologize to the community for delaying the release of this patch. We never thought that it would take this long. We know that many of you were dissatisfied (to put it lightly) with the progress. Many unforeseen events happened that resulted in the delay. Please accept our sincere apology.
Good luck experimenting with it. And, remember, BACKUP!
Are you ready for it? I certainly am.
Anyhow, here’s the checklist for you to get ready for the patch.
One more important thing. We have only tried running the install script against Apple TV software 1.0 not the current version, which is 1.1.
Oh and if you haven’t backed up your Apple TV yet, please do so. As with all hacks, there is always that possibility of transforming your Apple TV into an expensive paperweight.
Later down the road, we or somebody from the community will probably make this process more user friendly. As for now, this is how it is.
Before this gets out hand, let me explain.
Regarding enabling ssh on your Apple TV, you can definitely do it without opening the case to void the warranty. You can follow this wiki on awkwardtv.org
The hack requires a copy of boot.efi from Apple TV. This, of couse, was impossible without opening the case and getting the boot.efi out of the drive. However, since the release of the Apple TV software 1.1, you can obtain this file from there. You can obtain the update here.
About requiring an Intel Mac, I can try running the install script under cygwin to see what happens.
Lastly, about the submission not being valid. We think that it definitely qualifies. The patch can be applied without opening the case. Also, there is no mention that the patch or the install script should work on one environment or another.
As previously mentioned, the process will get easier over time. We will refine it. This just the first version of many revisions to come.