Beginners Guide for 2.x

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Beginners Guide for Take 2

Useful Dongle

My ATV is downstairs in the living room and my Mac is upstairs. Legging it up and down the stairs all the time is not ideal, especially if you're trying to work out something that went wrong, so I bought one of these little devices so I could plug in the ATV to a spare monitor next to my iMac.

For the Beginner

I think there are two ways to go with 2.0 and from iTunes 7.6.1.

Option 1: Hack it!

If you followed the 1.0 Guide, you might feel like you can try a 2.0 hack - with a bit less hand holding.

You can make a Patchstick following instruction here: Take2patch

And then following the update procedure for AFP and USB storage here: Take 2 Full Update

Note that only a few plugins work (Sapphire not yet - it's is though a work-in-progress). See here for list of Take 2 working plugins: ATV2-Compatible Plugins.

So, you'll lose Sapphire, but gain HD rentals, AirTunes, the new menu system, etc. Although let's be honest, the new menu system is not nearly as good as the old one, but the features contained therein are a great step forward.

Option 2: Keep it standard (but use some useful free software

This is what I've chosen. The advantages are far greater than the disadvantages. Firstly, whenever new firmware is released, you'll be able to upgrade right away without issue. Secondly, no hacking and endless maintenance, tweaking, updating plugins, weeping when it breaks and you have to start all over.

From 7.6.1, iTunes gives you two sync options. You can now let it sync newer items automatically and make older items available to stream. Or, you can just select what you want available, let iTunes sync some and stream the rest. The advantage now? On the ATV, it's utterly seamless. No selecting shared music - just go straight into "My Music" and you see anything synced or streamed. Now, that external storage doesn't seem quite so necessary.

Sync .avi, DivX, etc

Use iSquint to convert - it's fast, it's free, it does batches, brilliant, quick and painless. Drop the converted files into iTunes. For TV, use one of Doug's Apple Scripts to Set Video Kind of Selected, which will quickly make the movie into a TV Show and give the right season and episode number. Use MetaX to edit the tag data for show names and descriptions, movie posters, etc.

The Downside

OK, it's not for everyone. No funky plugins. You need your iTunes Mac open all the time. But, it works for me and my setup and needs, so it's

Goodbye From Me

I have a 10 week old baby boy and that's a big part of me choosing option 2 and giving up on 2.0 hacking. Someone else, please feel free to take over. Thanks for all the positive comments (notably, when I did the 1.0 Guide). I'll be around. --Simplicity 00:04, 8 March 2008 (CET) aka Peter Alexander (peter dot alexander _at_ mac dot com)

For those of us trying to compile this page

I am currently gathering up everything being posted in the forums into a simple procedure to allow the following:-

1) Start with Stock ATV with standard update 2.0 firmware

2) Patchstick 2.0 to allow SSH

3) Enable AFP

4) Enable external USB storage

5) Install plugins

Useful Links

If anyone would like to offer useful forum / wiki links or quotes, please do so below.

Install Perian


ATVFiles for ATV2 thread

The whole big ATV2 release discussion thread

Good Stuff on AFP in the above thread

Making at 2.0 Patchstick Forum Thread

How to make a SSH patchstick for Take2 Wiki Page

AFP alternative for windows. For me does Winscp the drag / drop job:

That pesky master.passwd error when using the Patchstick - how do you mount Patchstick root again?

Error at Patchstick creation like cp: cannot overwrite directory /Volumes/Patchstick-root/ ......

Run this in the Terminal:-

    sudo rm -R /Volumes/Patchstick-root