Beginners Guide for 2.x
Beginners Guide for Take 2
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. Alternatively (and seemingly more successful) use the safe updater from NitoTV. This does it for you. You should be able to use an external drive once this is done AND if you use the code at the bottom of this page, be able to use it for external storage (not tested personally).
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)
You can do more than you think with a standard ATV and a few free utils and spare yourself plenty or time, effort and expense. Check out The Alternative to Hacking page.
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
If anyone would like to offer useful forum / wiki links or quotes, please do so below.
AFP alternative for windows. For me does Winscp the drag / drop job: http://winscp.net/eng/download.php
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