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HT4367: Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Restoring your Apple TV

Learn about Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Restoring your Apple TV

HT4367 Restore Apple TV 2nd generation - how?

376 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 25, 2012 2:05 AM by LMCoolJ RSS
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Dec 24, 2012 4:27 PM

I have tried all of what is advised (USB cable, no power cord, iTunes 10.6.3, 10.7, 10.01, on Mac and Windows, held menu+down button, etc) but AppleTV is not appearing in list of devices. Can not start restore.

White led is constantly blinking after software update (no I did not interrupt download).

All that is visible now on the TV when AppleTV is connected is the iTunes logo and usb cable.

What to do?

Clearly this software update is bad news and should be avoided.

AppleTV 2, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    Dec 24, 2012 4:43 PM (in response to LMCoolJ)

    Welcome to the Apple Community and a merry Christmas.


    If your problem persists get yourself a micro USB cable (sold separately), you can restore your Apple TV from iTunes:

        1.    Remove ALL cables from Apple TV. (if you don't you will not see Apple TV in the iTunes Source list)

        2.    Connect the micro USB cable to the Apple TV and to your computer.

        3.    Reconnect the power cable (only for Apple TV 3)

        4.    Open iTunes.

        5.    Select your Apple TV in the Source list, and then click Restore.

    If when you choose restore you get a message that the device cannot be found, download the file below

    Apple TV Software Restore 5.1.1 (2nd generation)

    Then hold down the option key while choosing restore and select the downloaded file when prompted.


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