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Apple TV 1 (silver) is no longer available from Apple, but can be purchased from alternative sources (eBay, kijiji, craigslist, etc.).

It is highly recommended that you replace the WiFi card with a Broadcom Crystal HD to enable playback of HD videos.

1 Before installing a replacement OS

Warning Before installing a Linux-based OS, you will want to make sure that your ATV1 has been updated to the original ATV OS 3.0.2 at least once in order to flash the HDMI controller firmware. You also want to change the original ATV OS settings to "RGB High" in the AV settings.


2 Crystalbuntu

See also: Crystalbuntu

OSMC is the future name of the RaspBMC and Crystalbuntu XBMC/OS distributions, created and maintained by Sam Nazarko.

Crystalbuntu has easy to use installers for Linux, Mac, and Windows: http://www.crystalbuntu.com/download/

3 OpenELEC

See also: OpenELEC

OpenELEC is a fully-featured but highly optimized Linux OS created solely to run XBMC on the mk1 AppleTV and other HTPC systems. OpenELEC provides a set-top-box like XBMC experience; with a controlled Linux environment that puts simplicity, reliability and performance ahead of the users ability to tweak/customize (and break) the underlying OS. OpenELEC can be installed to a USB stick or the internal hard drive; allowing you to run an optimised XBMC installation alongside the original Apple OS or replace it completely.

OpenELEC has an excellent guide for installing on mk1 Apple TV's here: Installing OpenELEC on AppleTV

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