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How to Jailbreak Your AppleTV Using ATV USB Creator

How to Jailbreak Your AppleTV Using ATV USB Creator

Posted October 1, 2008 at 11:58pm · 65 comments · Add Comment
KKFW - October 8, 2015 at 5:11pm
Found a solution to Error 13 here:
NickGP - June 20, 2015 at 1:44pm
I have tried this at least 10 times will not work
JRF - February 9, 2015 at 5:26am
Hi...I'm getting the following error: Creating USB Flash Disk... umount_disk settling delay (10 seconds) partition the target disk umount_disk settling delay (10 seconds) install recovery onto target disk Unable to mount recovery: GetMasterBlock: Error 13 opening /dev/rdisk2s2 GetMasterBlock: Error 13 opening /dev/rdisk2s2 mount_hfs: Permission denied install_recovery failed Failed! (0:01:25) And I've tried this on four different sticks...thoughts?
Paulo Matsui
Paulo Matsui - December 17, 2012 at 11:12pm
Great stuff. Thanks. Worked fined as a charm. Such a shame Boxee is not supported anymore. But as a workaround I DL the XeeBo skin for the XBMC and it is as good as the original. Thank you again!
Alexzuno - January 13, 2012 at 6:53pm
It´s frozen on the apple symbol and the led is blinking orange, no error or anything, help!!!!
Gerardo - July 10, 2010 at 9:22pm
Does the Apple TV jailbreak do something to make it work with a standard tv, in colod?
igirl - January 7, 2010 at 12:23pm
ATV USB Creator failed for me on the "Create Using" step - Downloading 2Z694-5573-24.dmg... Download failed: HTTP Error 404: Not Found I have a brand new Apple TV (probably v3.0.1) coming today - I suspect this patchstick may not work with it anyway... :-/
pakinto - May 29, 2013 at 5:24am
Same here, is there an updated link anywhere?
Gody - November 2, 2009 at 4:25am
how to jailbraik FW 3.0 ?
pakinto - May 29, 2013 at 5:24am
Same question here, I have 3.0.2
christian - October 30, 2009 at 8:07pm
Anyone have updated to 3.0 with ATV USB creator?
Wayne - October 31, 2009 at 3:07am
I have just updated to V3.0. ATV USB Creator seems to patch the system fine, but you don't get an XBMC link or anything and none of the software installed during patching seems to either appear in the menus or work when you select it. I would think that Apple have closed off some of the loopholes that allows the software to be patched.
igirl - January 7, 2010 at 5:31pm
how about 3.0.1?????
Ray - October 11, 2009 at 7:14pm
I keep on getting the same error code - and I have tried 4 different USB flashdrives. Anyone know what the problem is? Here is what appears in the ATV USB Creator window: 2Z694-5660-029.dmg selected Creating USB Flash Disk... umount_disk settling delay (10 seconds) partition the target disk umount_disk settling delay (10 seconds) install recovery onto target disk Unable to mount image: hdiutil: attach failed - Resource busy install_recovery failed Failed! (0:00:49)
Nicolas - July 10, 2009 at 2:35pm
Im trying to do it but when I click create using, it give me back this message Downloading 2Z694-5573-24.dmg... Download failed: HTTP Error 404: Not Found You can try again to resume your download Please help me
Thierry - May 9, 2009 at 3:43pm
Hi, I've tried the full process without any success. I have an ATV with version 2.3.1 and using Leopard 10.5.6. My usb disk has been formated (renamed patchstick) and configured usb creator v.10 When I reboot my atv (menu + '-'), i have the screen where I need to choose the language and then screen resolution and finally atv asking for restart. Any idea how i can fix this ??
jeremy - May 4, 2009 at 1:33am
Go to to get the newest version of atvusb-creator.
Eva - February 15, 2009 at 12:17pm
I finally did it and everything works fine (playback from USB stick, Boxee etc.). The only problem I have now: Video playback in YouTube and Podcasts does not work any more! I only get the sound of the video, but no image ..! What can I do? Is there a problem with the codecs maybe? Thanks for your help!
Mansari - February 12, 2009 at 9:23am
Do the instructions miss Step 17 or i am missing something?
Dale - February 13, 2009 at 6:56pm
I have downloaded the atvusb-creator to my desktop on my ibook, but when I double click on the icon to open the file it just flashes quickly, but does not open. I have downloaded this program several times thinking that it might not have downloaded and unzipped right, but each time it does the same thing...any ideas?
mansari - February 14, 2009 at 2:29am
Try this code. it worked flawlessly for me-
Andy - January 2, 2009 at 11:31pm
Is this compatible with Leopard?
Jim Angus
Jim Angus - November 13, 2008 at 3:46pm
How do you tell if the "jailbreak" was successful? A follow up. If successful, the stream of text will end with a line that indicates success. I was NOT successful until I checked the ATV USB Creator Website and downloaded a newer version. The newer version worked. I can now SSH into my AppleTV. Unfortuantely, I can't use the features installed in FrontRow. Why? I am the victim of Hughesnet broad band service. I live in a rural area where satellite DSL is the only option. Satellites have "latency", the time it takes the signal to go into space and back. That messes up most downloads and touching applications. So the ATV can't download the software that I need. I'll have to do it manually which will be a challenge for an SSH novice...
Jim Angus
Jim Angus - November 12, 2008 at 5:40pm
How do you tell if the "jailbreak" was successful? This would be a nice addition to the tutorial. I followed the steps using 2.1. I rebooted with the patchstick and the appleTV displayed a lot of code, then stalled. After about 10 minutes the screen went black. It has been about an hour... was I successful or did something go wrong? I hate to take out the stick and reboot without knowing whether it just needs more time...
J Teddy
J Teddy - October 28, 2008 at 8:34pm
spincast - Did you try installing boxee first, then everything else you wanted? If not, I would give that a try and let us know your results.
spincast - October 28, 2008 at 4:11pm
At first I had trouble with my 2GB SanDisk Cruzer, then I reformatted in "Mac OS X Extended (journaled)" format and it worked fine. I'm on 10.5.5 with an atv on 2.2. The problem I am now stuck with is this: I started with a factory restore, then I found that the patchstick/Boxee process put me at 2.0.2. Everything worked fine. I installed Couch Surfer 0.4, and it worked fine. I then went to upgrade through the normal aTV process and that brought me to 2.2, but all of the added features (Boxee, sshd, and Couch Surfer) were gone. Back to where I started. Is there a way to have everything? Boxee, sshd, and 2.2?
bill gates
bill gates - October 23, 2008 at 10:28am
if you get the 'major versions differ' error, change -1 to -2 and the problem is fixed, at least it was for me.
Eric - October 21, 2008 at 11:21am
Does it only work on 2.1 or can I upgrade to 2.2? Also, what if I have 2.2, does it downgrade?
Jason Teddy
Jason Teddy - October 15, 2008 at 8:22pm
Kaido, I think you have two options for watching videos in various formats on your AppleTV. 1. Use the ATB USB Creator on this thread we are on, which installs XBMC, and Boxee 2. Following the Full Take 2 update. Personally I have gone with option 1. I like running XBMC on my ATV, as my previous media center was an Xbox.
Kaido - October 15, 2008 at 9:13am
Hey Jason, thanks a bunch the command '$ scp -r ~/Desktop/Components/AC3MovieImport.component frontrow@AppleTV.local:~' did the trick. could anyone direct me to a tutorial on what do I have to do next to watch divx, avi etc files on my Apple TV? Sorry, but I am an utter dumbuser in this respect.
Jason TeddY
Jason TeddY - October 14, 2008 at 1:36am
Kaido, please try the below. $ scp -r ~/Desktop/Components/AC3MovieImport.component frontrow@AppleTV.local:~ or $ scp -2 -r ~/Desktop/Components/AC3MovieImport.component frontrow@AppleTV.local:~
Kaido - October 14, 2008 at 1:28am
Jason, I was typing this command: scp -1 -r ~/Desktop/Components/AC3MovieImport.component frontrow@AppleTV.local:~
Jason TeddY
Jason TeddY - October 13, 2008 at 10:26pm
Kaido What command are you typing? You can change between SSH protocol's by omitting the -1 e.g SSH v2 - bash$ ssh frontrow@appletv SSH v1 - bash$ ssh -1 frontrow@appletv
Jason TeddY
Jason TeddY - October 13, 2008 at 10:24pm
Christopher S Instead of rebooting your Apple TV via the remote, try removing the power first. Plug in your USB thumb drive, and then plug the power back in. Let us know how it goes.
Christopher S
Christopher S - October 13, 2008 at 10:05pm
Tried a Sandisk 4gig, Lexar Secure 512, and Pny 1 gig and the program says it ran successfully each time and I see the files on the thumb drives. The Menu & "-" does reboot the AppleTV but I never see anything that looks like a shell running; a couple of times I have gotten prompted to restore to factory but that was when I was holding the buttons down for a really long time I think. My AppleTV is currently already on the 2.2 Firmware and I created my patchstick with 2.2 as well. Hints to as what I am missing here?
Jason Teddy
Jason Teddy - October 13, 2008 at 8:20pm
Successful install on a 1GB stick. I was running Apple TV v2.2. I have encountered 2 problems. 1) No USB acces. I followed this guide, and when my apple tv reloaded, I was unable to scroll through the menu. I had to factory restore my apple tv. 2) No subtitles where playing while I was playing an .ogm file in XBMC.
Kaido - October 13, 2008 at 6:41am
i've got same problem here: "Protocol major versions differ: 1vs. 2". has anyone found a cure for that?
Ben Yuen
Ben Yuen - October 12, 2008 at 7:06am
I tried on two 1G USB stick and one 1G micro SD with USB adapter. All of them failed to create the patchstick. I use Intel iMac running Tiger 10.4.11. So I did again under Leopard in my external drive. All of them were created successfully. I upgraded to ATV 2.2 and then applied this patchstick. It works, however, It does not allow ssh -1 connection with message of "Protocol major versions differ: 1vs. 2". Anyway, ssh -2 does work for me. Besides, after I reinstalled previous ATVFiles, my ATV couldn't boot to menu. I had to delete the "ATVFiles.frappliance" plugin to restore it. I guess XBMC is not compatible with ATVFiles.
luc - October 9, 2008 at 11:48am
everything worked but i can't ssh my atv it tells me Protocol major versions differ: 1 vs. 2 what do i have to do now ?
colts - October 6, 2008 at 3:57am
Where can i download the 2.1 or the 2.2 dmg ?
Lou - October 5, 2008 at 7:45am
Can anyone confirm that running the aTVUSBCreator with its 2.0.2 firmware DMG won't brick my 2.0 aTV? I've already created the patchstick and am very eager to proceed and start enjoying movie streaming goodness.
Dale - February 13, 2009 at 3:04pm
My ibook won't open the atvusb-creator. It flashes for a second but will not open. Any ideas?
Rich Cini
Rich Cini - October 4, 2008 at 10:55pm
UPDATE: It seems that the firmware that atvusb downloads is the 2.0.2 firmware even though the listbox says 2.1, If I point the program to a known-good 2.1 firmware DMG, the patchstick that's created works perfectly. Only problem is that XBMC doesn't work.
Rich Cini
Rich Cini - October 4, 2008 at 10:13pm
Didn't work for me with firmware 2.1 although Patchstick program is excellent. Ran through whole process, rebooted ATV with 1gb thumb drive. Script runs and appears to install properly but on ATV reboot, I get the blinking amber light and Apple logo on TV and nothing else. Had to re-write OSBoot partition with existing 2.1 firmware to unbrick it. Any ideas?
colts - October 4, 2008 at 1:58pm
@new2appletv doesnt work. using an 1gb stick. any tricks?
new2appletv - October 4, 2008 at 1:14pm
The factory s/w on my ATV is v2.1 and I upgraded to 2.2 after ATV USB Creator patch and it went thru fine.
Wayne P
Wayne P - September 3, 2009 at 1:24am
If I update the ATV with a future software version (Apple is rumoured to be putting one out soon), will it "undo" my jailbreak? Will I have to redo the patchstick etc?
Lou - October 4, 2008 at 12:58pm
Okay...My aTV is running Firmware 2.0 and the patchstick works its magic with Firmware 2.0.2. Is this going to brick by aTV? I've made that mistake before with my 1st Gen iPhone. If so, where can I get the 2.0 img to use with aTVUSBCreator (since the link in the iClarified Tutorial has been murdered by Apple)? PS Love the site.
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