Jailbreaking 101 w/ Seas0nPass (Mac + PC)

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Full details on jailbreaking the Apple TV 2 with Seas0nPass can be found here.

http://support.firecore.com/entries/387605

Check for latest version

Always ensure you're running the latest version of Seas0nPass. The latest versions are listed below.

  • Mac - 0.9.5 (775)
  • PC - 0.9.5.15470

Trouble with DFU mode

Pre-launch checklist

  1. Ensure you're using a silver (aluminum) Apple TV remote. The older white (plastic) Apple TV remotes are missing the dedicated play/pause button and will not work.
  2. Disable the 'remote control infrared receiver' option through System Preferences --> Security --> General. (Mac only)

If you're having trouble getting the Apple TV into DFU mode try the steps below once you're at the 'Waiting for DFU' step.

  1. Disconnect Apple TV from USB. 
  2. Reconnect, and wait for the rapid flashing light.
  3. (Optional) If you're not seeing a rapid flashing light, hold down the menu and down arrow buttons for about 7 seconds (or until you see the rapid flashing light). 
  4. Hold the menu and play/pause buttons together for 7 seconds (count slowly - one thousand 1, one thousand 2, one thousand 3, etc...)

If all else fails...

  1. Connect the power cable along with the USB cable to get into DFU mode. Disconnect the power cable once the restore process begins.
  2. Try a different USB cable - a good, low cost cable can be found here.

Mac specific issues

  • Some users have reported issues when Filevault or Clean My Mac are in use. Disabling these should resolve most issues that arise during the jailbreak process.
  • If you're getting errors when creating the IPSW (stuck on Patching Ramdisk) please try the fix found here.

PC specific issues

  • If you're receiving errors regarding Microsoft .NET framework you can download and install the latest version here.

Note: If after all this you're still having trouble please open a support ticket and attach your Seas0nPass log file.

Mac log file: SP_Debug.log (locate by selecting the 'Show Log In Finder' option from the Seas0nPass --> Help menu)

PC log file: /Libraries/Documents/My Documents/Seas0nPass/Seas0nPass.log

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Re: Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips

james,

I did everything correctly and when I connect my apple tv (black) to the HDMI it is stuck at the Apple logo as the light on the device is just a slow steady blinking...any idea with what going on? I have jailbroken and did the tethering as well...thanks!

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Re: Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips

This was what I observed when I booted the aTV untethered... try repeating the tethered boot.

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Re: Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips

I did to a tethered boot. I am a bit confused here. Is the process as follow?

- jailbreak using SeasonPass with the atv attached to a Mac only with the usb wire.

- unattach temporariliry

- reattach usb and put in power chord at which point it boots ( do you have to force a boot somehow or is pressing tethered booth enough)

- unattach the usb cable

- attach to TV and ethernet

Install atv flash from Mac ( it sees the atv).

Go to ATV

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At this point my atv is showing the white Apple screen forever

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Now what?

Each time we restart the atv will we then have to jailbreak again and go through the whole process or is the jailbreak permanent until a firmware upgrade?

Do we have to keep the atv attached to the mac via the usb cable?

I have tried all of this several times. The jailbreak part is easy ( with .66 of SeasonPass). It would be nice to be able to reuse the modified restore images.

I think I will wait.... don't want to brick the atv. Plex is nice but not that nice.

philip

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Re: Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips

Dear Philip,

I experience exactly the same problems. It works one go, and than next time you start it up (next morning the 2nd time) it got hung and a restart lets the apple TV hang on the Apple Logo. I restored the Apple TV 2 now with Apples update. I hope it is not bricked now.

I will wait further developments, it is now to buggy on several levels unfortunately.

Warmest regards,

Roemer

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Re: Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips

The same for me here, it works till I toggle the power (to restart) and the there was the apple logo..... for ever....

Hopefully you can fix that

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Re: Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips

I have the exact same problem as described above. I hope there's a solution.

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Re: Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips

I've been unable to get my Atv 2 into DFU mode. Tried the instructions and other tricks online but still won't work. Any suggestions? I'm on 4.1.1.

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Re: Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips

make sure you are putting your apple tv into dfu mode before you do the tethered boot

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Re: Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips

breban wrote:

I've been unable to get my Atv 2 into DFU mode. Tried the instructions and other tricks online but still won't work. Any suggestions? I'm on 4.1.1.

I can help you out if you can tell me exactly what you are doing and at which point of the jailbreak you are doing it. I have been raping my apple tv 2g the past couple of days working on figuring out other peoples problems :)

happy to help,

kerryk.17854 (nandor690)

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roemerv.107071 wrote:

Dear Philip,

I experience exactly the same problems. It works one go, and than next time you start it up (next morning the 2nd time) it got hung and a restart lets the apple TV hang on the Apple Logo. I restored the Apple TV 2 now with Apples update. I hope it is not bricked now.

I will wait further developments, it is now to buggy on several levels unfortunately.

Warmest regards,

Roemer

Ok, I think I have this figured out. The reason why seasonpass fails with me is that my ATV will not go into DFU mode with the usb and power cable plugged in. I then used PwnageTool and this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EWKr7Ww_c0

which describes how to jailbreak it. The jailbreak went fine but the tethered boot didn't because the explanation that he gives to get the ATV back into tethered mode didn't work in my case. I had to

- connect usb (wait 10 secs or so) and then the power

- press menu+down for 6 secs ( until you get the faster flashing)

- remove the power <-- this is the key

- put the ATV into DFU mode by menu+play for 7 secs or so ( until faster flashing)

- plug in power

- it tranfers what it needs to

- you get this weird error at the end but disregard

- disconnect usb and plug in HDMI and then my network cable

I can now ssh in.

There is no way SeasonPass will work on my setup without slightly modifying the instructions to get it back to DFU mode when tether booting, but apart from that minor modification I am sure Seasonpass would work and that would be far nicer.

I am now ssh'd into the ATV and I can install atvflash, although I'd like the latest version of Plex.

philip

Edit: Just installed Plex. Will remove it and install atvflash when it supports the latest Plex client.

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