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How to Restart Jailbroken Apple TV

Written by Joshua Lyon on .

There are a number of different ways to restart your Apple TV. Depending on your setup, each one has it's own benefits. I've listed a few of the different methods below.

MENU + DOWN
If you press and hold the MENU and DOWN button on the Apple TV remote for 6 seconds, the Apple TV will perform a complete reboot. Some people have mentioned that a downside to this is if you are running a tethered jailbreak you will have boot the device back up tethered. If you are running an untethered jailbreak - like GreenPois0n RC6 or newer - then this is probably the simplest method to reboot your device as it only requires the remote control.

SSH: killall AppleTV
This method requires you to SSH into your Apple TV using a client like Putty (or a Terminal) and issue the "killall AppleTV" command. Please note that the command is case sensitive. The benefit to this method is if you are running a tethered jailbreak, you will not have to get out your computer to do a tethered jailbreak. A downside of this method is it only works if you have a network connection to your device and you have to have a PC or other device to issue the command.

Pull the Power Plug
This is probably the most drastic method of all the ones I'll list, but it works in a pinch. As you may expect, some people claim that using this method may be bad for your device. I personally try not to pull the plug on any of my devices, but I've occasionally had to use this method. If you are running a tethered jailbreak, this method will also require you to get out a computer to boot tethered.

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Fix: Apple TV 2G Wifi Broken After Jailbreak

Written by Joshua Lyon on .

After doing an untethered jailbreak on my Apple TV 2G (ATV2) with GreenPois0n RC6, I noticed that if I rebooted the Apple TV my wifi would not reconnect. Disconnecting the power and plugging back in would not resolve the issue. After a bit of research, I figured out a quick fix to getting my wifi back:

Go to: NitoTV > Settings > Restart Lowtide

After the device rebooted, my wifi connection re-established itself within 10-15 seconds. To permanently fix the issue, I SSH'ed into the AppleTV and issued the following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get remove com.nito.nitotv
apt-get install com.nito.nitotv
killall AppleTV

 

Update (2/20/2010): A number of blogs are reporting that greenPois0n RC 6.1 includes the wifi fix directly. So if you haven't already flashed, just go ahead and use 6.1 and it should include the wifi fix. Additionally, you can always flash RC 6.1 over your current setup, but I find it easier just to either remove/install com.nito.nitotv or install OpenSSH from the nitoTV menu.

Update (2/16/2010): NitoTV recently posted on their twitter account the the wifi issue appears to be related to SSH -- they recommend that you grab OpenSSH from the top of the nitoTV featured list and reboot to fix the wifi issues. You shouldn't need to do both fixes (the commands above and the OpenSSH install), but it also shouldn't hurt anything.

On Wednesday 16th February 2011,  said:
the wifi fix is live!! thanks  and  for major contributions 
to squelching the problem! it was an SSH issue and saurik has updated 
openssh to 5.8p1-9. grab openssh from the top of the nitoTV featured 
list and reboot and your wifi woes /should/ be history!!!

Note: If you are running a tethered jailbreak, it's recommend you update to an untethered jailbreak such as the GreenPois0n RC6 jailbreak. fireCore also has out a beta version of their seas0nPass utility. However, with the untethered Windows version of GreenPois0n being out for Apple TV 4.2.1 devices, I don't see why you wouldn't just want to use the GreenPois0n release as it's just as user friendly... well, at least as user friendly as a jailbreak can be.

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XBMC Live Drives Mounted as Odd IDs

Written by Joshua Lyon on .

Drives Mounted as Odd IDs? (UUID)

If your drives are showing up as long IDs that look similar to "5f3d2340-b3c7-4c47-ba9a-ceaa9e699a4f" (from df -T command), there are a number of things that may have caused this. I've found that if my partitions are all labeled and the nodiskmount flag is still present in my grub configuration, then I no longer have this problem.

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How to Install NewzBook on XBMC Live

Written by Joshua Lyon on .

NewzBook is an application I wrote to centrally manage my downloads and media. It has integration points with various indexing sites, SABnzbd, media management, etc. I originally designed the application for the Popcorn Hour, but I am now using XBMC again. I personally use the XBMC Live variant, so I've written up some instructions so other XBMC Live users could also use my NewzBook app.If you haven't heard of NewzBook before, I would recommend checking out this thread on the NMT forums which describes what it does... I've also attached a few screenshots after the jump below.

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