Safe Update 1.1 Step by Step

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Originally posted on iClarified, wikified, and renumbered the steps.


To follow these steps you will need to have:

  • SSH enabled on your AppleTV (I won't get into that but the main page is a good start).

This can all be done with the built in safe update from nitoTV's installation manager: NitoTV#Safe_Update

Step One: IP Address

Make you sure know the ip address of your AppleTV. You can find this in your AppleTV menus under Settings:Network.

Step Two: Download

Download the update from apple. The DMG is accessible from and it weighs in at 179MB (188,072,708 bytes).

Step Three: Send it to the AppleTV

From Mac OSX

  • Open a new Terminal window from your OSX Applications:Utilities folder and navigate to the folder you stored the update DMG in;
  • Type
     sftp -1 frontrow@apple_tv_ip_address 
    into the terminal window (substituting apple_tv_ip_address with your apple tv's ip address). Note: the password is "frontrow";
  • Enter
     put 2Z694-5248-45.dmg 
    The dmg will now copy to your AppleTV. Once transfer is complete type
    which will close the sftp connection.

From KDE

  • Open Konqueror;
  • Navigate to the folder where you put the update DMG in;
  • Right-click on the DMG, select "Copy" from the context menu;
  • Open a new tab;
  • Type
    in the address bar (again, substituting apple_tv_ip_address with your apple tv's ip address). You may have to accept the apple_tv_ip_address to continue, and you may have to type the "frontrow" password again;
  • Select "Edit" from the main menu, then "Paste 1 file".

Step Four: SSH

  • Type
     ssh -1 frontrow@apple_tv_ip_address 
    in a terminal window (once more, substituting apple_tv_ip_address with your AppleTV's ip address). You will have to type the "frontrow" password again;
  • Next type in
     sudo mount -uw / 
    and if prompted enter "frontrow" for the password.

Step Five: Backing up

Now you can execute the following commands to make a backup of your 1.0 Software.

 mkdir 1.0.backup
 cp -p -r "/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Backrow.Framework" ~/1.0.backup
 cp -p -r "/System/Library/CoreServices/" ~/1.0.backup

Step Six: Extracting

Now execute the following commands to extract the files necessary from the 1.1 update.

 mkdir 1.1.files
 hdiutil mount 2Z694-5248-45.dmg
 cp -p -r "/Volumes/OSBoot 1/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BackRow.Framework" ~/1.1.files
 cp -p -r "/Volumes/OSBoot 1/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AppleTV.Framework" ~/1.1.files
 cp -p -r "/Volumes/OSBoot 1/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.Framework" ~/1.1.files
 cp -p -r "/Volumes/OSBoot 1/System/Library/CoreServices/" ~/1.1.files

Step Seven: Replacing

Execute the following commands to remove the old files and replace them with the newly extracted ones.

 sudo rm -r /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BackRow.Framework
 sudo rm -r /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.Framework
 sudo rm -r /System/Library/CoreServices/
 sudo cp -p -r ~/1.1.files/Backrow.Framework /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks
 sudo cp -p -r ~/1.1.files/AppleTV.Framework /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks
 sudo cp -p -r ~/1.1.files/iPhotoAccess.Framework /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks
 sudo cp -p -r ~/1.1.files/ /System/Library/CoreServices

Step Eight: Fix 'sleep'

To fix an issue with the sleep fuction no longer working please execute the following:

 sudo chmod u+s /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AppleTV.framework/Resources/SettingsHelper
 sudo chown root:wheel /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AppleTV.framework/Resources/SettingsHelper

Step Nine: Prevent new upgrades

To make sure the software update doesn't automatically do a full upgrade to 1.1, make it impossible to reach the update server.

 sudo bash -c 'echo "" >> /etc/hosts'

Step Ten: Reboot

Reboot the AppleTV by executing

 sudo reboot

and you should have your AppleTV working smoothly by now...