AppleTV 2.1 Safe Update

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I am just creating a basic stripped down page on how to perform a safe update procedure with the new Take 2 update released on 02-12-08.

NOTE: None of the PlugIns will work on Take 2 yet, even the leopard versions will not load, it appears to be a whitelist issue, i imagine this will be resolved relatively soon.

==> NOTE: The 1080i resolution seems to be missing after doing the safe update. Perhaps there is a required change in the HDMI firmware update?

To shed some light about the HDMI firmware update question, here's a quote from an review:

"The update actually includes three software upgrades:

   * An EFI firmware update.
   * A firmware update for the Apple TV's HDMI video hardware that enables 1080p output through upconversion.
   * The new Take Two menus and interface with support for HD downloads, rentals, AirTunes and more."

The safe update procedure is basically identical to the last one, with one extra framework to add and one extra framework to swap in.


Download the dmg for Take 2

Copy this over to your frontrow folder through ssh or a mounted remote drive

scp -1 2Z694-5274-109.dmg frontrow@AppleTV.local:~/

frontrow as password

ssh -1 frontrow@AppleTV.local

frontrow as password

cd ~
hdiutil mount 2Z694-5274-109.dmg

after the image is mounted we are going to go to the PrivateFrameworks, CoreServices and Frameworks folder and make backups of all the current important files to revert to 1.1 if desired.

sudo mount -o remount,rw /dev/disk0s3 /
cd /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/
sudo mv BackRow.framework BackRow.framework.11
sudo mv AppleTV.framework AppleTV.framework.11
sudo mv iPhotoAccess.framework iPhotoAccess.framework.11
cd /System/Library/CoreServices/
sudo mv
cd /System/Library/Frameworks/
sudo mv QuartzCore.framework QuartzCore.framework.11

okay now everything for 1.1 is backed up now to move in the new Finder and frameworks

Private frameworks (same as last safe update)

sudo cp -r /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AppleTV.framework /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AppleTV.framework
sudo cp -r /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BackRow.framework /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BackRow.framework
sudo cp -r /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework

Frameworks (new for take 2)

sudo cp -r /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1/System/Library/Frameworks/QuartzCore.framework /System/Library/Frameworks/QuartzCore.framework
sudo cp -r /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreVideo.framework /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreVideo.framework


sudo cp -r /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1/System/Library/CoreServices/ /System/Library/CoreServices/

Fixing helper permissions

sudo chmod u+s /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AppleTV.framework/Resources/SettingsHelper

now just kill the finder and the new one should load up

kill `ps awwx | grep [F]inder | awk '{print $1}'`

Fixing airtunes

From the forum:

It's extremely easy to activate airtunes, all you need is to copy two files from the upgrade DMG:


sudo cp -r /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1/usr/libexec/airtunesd /usr/libexec/airtunesd
sudo cp -r /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1/System/Library/LaunchAgents/ /System/Library/LaunchAgents/


This is hot off the presses so I know the finder loads and appears to work okay, report any problems here on the wiki, on the forum or in the chatroom.