Apple TV 1
|Apple TV 1|
First generation Apple TV (silver)
Original OS: v9, v10, v11|
Linux: v9, v10, v11, v12, v13
|Released||January 9, 2007|
Original OS: 3.0.2 (custom Mac OS 10.4)|
Linux: OpenELEC, Crystalbuntu
|CPU||Intel Pentium M|
|Storage||40 or 160 HDD (2.5" PATA)|
Original OS: 720i/P|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), 10/100 ethernet, USB 2, HDMI, component video, analog audio, optical audio, infrared (IR)|
|Devices||x86 hardware||Apple TV 1|
- This is the page for the original Apple TV 1 (silver). For the Apple TV 2 (black) see: Apple TV (iOS)
The original silver Apple TV is a low-powered x86 Intel computer. Originally, XBMC was installable on the original ATV OS (modified OS X), but now requires a installation of a Linux-based OS to unlock the full potential of the unit. When also combined with the Broadcom Crystal HD card, the older ATV 1 is actually more powerful than the newer ATV 2 and 3, which are based on ARM processors. ATV 1 + XBMC + BCHD can decode virtually any video and output a true 1080P signal, and is far more powerful than a non-modified ATV.
Apple TV 1 (silver) is no longer available from Apple, but can be purchased from alternative sources (eBay, kijiji, craigslist, etc.). If a unit is found in good condition, it makes for an excellent XBMC HTPC. If found for a good price (common as people are updating to the newer ATV2/3), such as $80-ish USD, it's also an excellent deal.
2 Installing XBMC
- HOW-TO:Install XBMC on Apple TV 1 (Linux) - Replaces the OS for better performance, and is also required for using versions of XBMC after v11.
3 HD video decoding
Broadcom Crystal HD refers to PCI Express mini cards that do high definition hardware decoding for many video codecs. The cards allow many low-powered systems to handle full bluray quality video, and more. There are two versions, the BCM970012- a full height mini PCIe card, and the BCM970015- a half height card (can be adapted to full height) mini PCIe card. XBMC supports hardware video decoding on both cards on all desktop OS versions including: Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.
4 Frequently Asked Questions
- See: Apple TV 1/FAQ
6 Hard drive
Apple TV 1 uses a 2.5 inch PATA hard drive that is easily upgradable. It can also be removed completely, having the ATV1 boot directly from a USB drive, in order to make system even more silent (drive isn't loud, but YMMV).
7 Random notes
Feel free to place various notes, tips, and links here. As this section of the wiki gets more organized, those notes will be properly sorted. Consider this like a dumping ground for when you're not sure where to put something.