Agghhhhhh No I don’t want to say Goodbye to my ATV, any one care to help me?
My story with the ATV Gen 1
This is a bit of a’ let it all out post’… Yes an old thread , but maybe if any one wants a chuckle and in the end cares to help me out, that would be awesome. Yes after all my waffle I do have question at the end of this post. I hope you can bear with me and read to the end.
Thanks to Sam for creating this to work on an ATV, even though it seems I am maybe nearly 10 years late to this party
A few months ago , in sheer annoyance, due the GF’s nagging, I spent two days trying to get the ATV Gen1 to log back in to YouTube. She wanted her YouTube music vids on the big TV screen in the living room. She is more technically challenged than I am, she could work the remote control of the TV, Amplifier and ATV all at once and play her vids…till it stopped a few months ago. Nagged for months about it I finally thoug ti’d better have a look. After two days of trying and reading and scouring the net I gave up, ripped the ATV out and in anger chucked it out the third floor window I was so fed up. The I went down and stamped on it
Turns out YouTube removed support for ATVG1 login
It now also turns out that Apples latest iTunes and store also blocks the ATV G1 so I cant even sync or download my iTunes purchases on it.
I posted my dissatisfaction with this state of affairs on the Apple Community Forum and my messages were blocked and sent threatening e-mails by moderators…typical Apple !! If the big motor corporations like GM, Ford, Renault etc etc stopped support for older cars and disabled them with software updates, after 10-12 years there would be outrage, yet we all just accept it with tech
That annoyed me also, to be beaten by tech, so I dug around and bought another ATV Gen 1 on e-bay and this time I am determined to get it running with something.
Was so pleased yesterday to find OSMC as all my attempts so far with ATV bootloader had ended badly. I got it running in minutes with the excellent boot stick creator on here Seems that so many of the ATV bootloader tutorials I tried to follow end in dead 404 links, because what I am trying is now so ‘old’
So I got Sams OSMC bootloader USB creator from here and got my OSMC install working in minutes Then I tried an upgrade, and failed, I searched the forum, found a thread and posted.
Sam replied and informs me that ATV Gen 1 support is ended . At first I thought he merely meant support by Apple has ended, but no .my only saviour, OSMC has ended support too
I know an RPI is better and quicker, I have two here already doing stuff, (RTL-SDR and heyu/HA-Bridge ‘engines’ but I want my ATV to work…as much as a 'up yours to Apple as for anything !!
I don’t actually need a media centre as such, my NAS4Free box in the attic does all my audio serving needs to my sound system and TV/Video is not something I care for. Music is my thing.
But I do still want to get the ATV 1 running some *nix distro, so I can at least feel a sense of achievement that I have got it working.
I do not need |Kodi, Chorus, OSMC as such but would like to get it running with an *buntu OS if I can.
I am at a level where I am not even sure about the differences between *buntu and Debian OS’s, and if the command line stuff for them is the same or all different beasts.
I did see a link somewhere above, that I have not yet got to reading, about removing Kodi and having a basic Debian Jessie running on it.
But my question is ….yes finally getting there, and yes I know …not directly to do with OSMC, in fact nowt to do with OSMC, but maybe some one can take pity on me and give me some guidance
Yes, here it is ……the question
Can I just rip the original ATV HDD out and put in a bigger HDD and then boot with the OSMC Boot creator USB ? or is there stuff on the original HDD that I need to salvage to get it to boot to start with ….
maybe take out the old HDD, fit it up to a IDE caddy, and dd the contents to a bigger HDD first ?
Even good links to point me in the right direction ?