Apple TV OS 10.4.7

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Build version and kernel

This is the operating system that is driving the Apple TV out of the box:

System Version: Apple TV OS 10.4.7 (8N5107)
Kernel Version: Darwin 8.8.2
Boot Volume: OSBoot
Computer Name: AppleTV

This is the uname -a output:

appletv.home 8.8.2 Darwin Kernel Version 8.8.2: Mon Jan 29 18:57:29 PST 2007; root:xnu-792.94.18~1/RELEASE_I386 i386 i386


The mach_kernel.prelink is compressed using LZSS. More info on the Apple TV Hacks site.

/System/Library/CoreServices/ does not contain the real Finder, but the Apple TV GUI. This is a custom application not available on Macintoshes.

Enable real Finder

It is not (easily) possible to enable the real Finder since it is not there and it would require SSE3, which the Apple TV doesn't have. Also, Watchdog must be taken care of.


See the full file list of a virgin Apple TV here.

Apple binary-protected files

The Apple TV runs Apple binary-protected files:

  • (which is not the real Finder, but the Apple TV frontend)
  • AppleTCOWatchdog.kext
otool -l /System/Library/CoreServices/
Load command 0
      cmd LC_SEGMENT
  cmdsize 56
  segname __PAGEZERO
   vmaddr 0x00000000
   vmsize 0x00001000
  fileoff 0
 filesize 0
  maxprot 0x00000000
 initprot 0x00000000
   nsects 0
    flags 0x4
Load command 1
      cmd LC_SEGMENT
  cmdsize 532
  segname __TEXT
   vmaddr 0x00001000
   vmsize 0x00050000
  fileoff 0
 filesize 327680
 maxprot 0x00000007
 initprot 0x00000005
   nsects 7
    flags 0x8

Heres the combo update for 10.4.7, might be useful for files for ATV if you have since updated your computer to 10.4.9