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Apple TV (2nd Gen) screensaver photo shuffle

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  • STEVER315 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 24, 2010 5:01 PM (in response to firetr2)
    I don't necessarily have a problem with the shuffling, but I did have a question about the caching. Using my ATV2 and streaming a radio feed currently. Now my laptop and itunes is closed, but the photos screensaver still started up and showing images, and from what I can tell a good portion of everything I had shared. Just wondering how much is actually cached on the ATV2? Otherwise even though my stuff is closed (not powered off, just sleeping), does ATV2 wake up my machine and access the files? If so... I'm both pleasantly surprised and kind of upset at the same time. Since I don't always leave my computer plugged in this can obviously give me battery problems. Wonder if anyone else has noticed this?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • rabbitfufu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 28, 2010 9:57 AM (in response to STEVER315)
    I have this issue of ATV2 screensaver NOT pulling all photo from large iMac iPhoto library.
  • Semisential? Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 4, 2010 12:57 PM (in response to rabbitfufu)
    Yes. The latest update improved the screensaver in that it now picks random photos from across your whole library. BUT it still only selects a limited number, and over the period of 20 minutes we start to see repeats. I'd say it's only grabbing a couple of hundred at a time. This is frustrating, and proves it's still not selecting photos LIVE from your iphoto library. This was fine on ATV1 because it had more storage and could therefore store the whole library, but on ATV2 the limited storage means this method for caching photos locally is not the way to go.

    Please apple.... make the ATV smart enough to live stream photos from the library, or at least give us an setup option to have the ATV2 update it's cache every XXX minutes.

    Thanks Steve.
    Imac i7, Macbook Pro, i7, iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • kbixby Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 10, 2010 12:40 PM (in response to Semisential?)
    Well with the update I'm 50% happier than before at least. Any idea how long until the cache is purged and a new collection of photos is grabbed?
    24" Intel iMac | Intel MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • firetr2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 14, 2010 2:30 PM (in response to edernest)
    Does anyone know if the update on December 14,2010 to iOS 4.2.1 helps with the screensaver issue? I sure hope so.
    Core i7 27" iMac ssd and hdd, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • tbsteph Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
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    Dec 16, 2010 6:37 AM (in response to firetr2)
    Well, after the 12/14 update, my screensaver seemed to be stuck on the same 100 - 200 pictures. I went to my connected iMac picture settings and and reset the photo library (disconnect - reconnect) and all seems well again. (It reloaded the picture library.)

    Good Luck!
    White Macbook 2.16 - Mini - iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5), New/Old Mac Convert
  • jeffb6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2011 12:29 PM (in response to edernest)
    I just got ATV2 and setup the screen saver to use my photo library. As with all the rest, I am very disappointed because the photos keep repeating. I have 5000 photos in my library and repeats should not happen. Frequently I even see photos repeat within 3 photos. One of the main reasons I got ATV2 was for the screen saver display on my TV. I've noticed that even though there are 5000 photos, only about 100 are used for the screen saver. I have noticed that sometimes when I exit from ATV2 and come back later, it appears to be creating a new group of ~100 to display (e.g. after reentering ATV2 from watching a DVD and go to the screen saver menu, I see a spinning wheel on the photos option. Then when the screen saver is activated, a new group of photos begin displaying). Even when the group of screen saver photos is updated manually (or occasionally automatically), there seems to be a core bunch of photos that shows up in every group. Why can't it randomly select photos from my entire library in real time instead of batches of 100 that are infrequently updated. This can't be that difficult to fix. If it is that difficult, then they should stop selling this as a feature. Has anyone figured out how to make this work where it pseudo-randomly selects from the entire library without repeats?
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5), ATV2 wirelessly connected to network
  • dtommyd2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2011 1:52 PM (in response to edernest)
    Same boat. This slideshow is the biggest feature for all the people who know nothing about computers. Grandmas and such. In my case my Grandma was so impressed for about 3 minutes and then it started repeating. I know what to add to make this work. I have my laptop on and itunes and iPhoto open. I get it. It doesn't work right. In my mind, this is the most basic function that Apple normally nails. I understand that it's not going to import my 3000 photos from the last year. It has 8gb built in that must have a size limit.
    Additionally, I also have it set up to use pictures from Flikr. I have an AP search selected as the 100 photos. Somehow it grabs a few photos, then shows me pictures from last month. This is AP. It's updated all the time.
    Seriously, fix this. Your making me look like and idiot.
    core2duo 2.4ghz, Windows 7, Atv1+2, iPad, 3 iPhone 2g, iPod Touch 1g - 3 Macbook- 4 win7
  • smitty8898 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2011 5:58 AM (in response to edernest)
    I thought apple was this great company that listened to its customers?! My screensaver on my new apple tv is functioning just like everybody elses is here.....Not truly selecting photos in a random manner.
    PLEASE FIX THIS!!!!!! It is VERY annoying!!!

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  • one_inch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2011 6:06 PM (in response to MikeC79)
    This worked for me! Some minor repition still on screen but it's picking from a much wider range of pics now
    HP, Windows 7
  • TheScoot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 23, 2011 9:21 AM (in response to firetr2)
    Add me to the list. have the same complaint. Pictures repeat a ton! I have 5500 photos in my library and yet i just counted 10 repeats in the last 50 photos. Worked much better in atv1
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Snow Leopard
  • dan Fouts Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 5, 2011 6:20 PM (in response to edernest)
    Apple please fix this! I talked my wife into the fact that I needed an ATV2.....and now the one feature she loved from ATV1 seems horrible. Bad repetetion of same photos....:)

    PLEASE Software update this!
    iMac 2007, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 20 inch, 2.4 Ghz, 1 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD
  • eJed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 10, 2011 4:25 PM (in response to edernest)
    Add me to the list. Looks like its pulling 50-200 pictures a day and repeats them all day long.
    Apple TV 2
  • DonnieM51 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Feb 12, 2011 6:38 AM (in response to edernest)
    Ditto. Pulls 50-100 pics from album of 6000 on my iMac. Shows them "randomly", then repeats the SAME pictures in the EXACT same order over and over.

    What should happen: Randomly show ALL of 6000 pictures, and never in the same order. (That's the definition of random, right?)

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • JasonGough Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 18, 2011 1:10 PM (in response to edernest)
    I have the same problem of repeated photos. After about 10 minutes it's not even fun anymore.

    Worse that this, sometimes it seems to actually run out of pictures to repeat; the screen just goes totally empty

    Please get this fixed apple, you're so much better than this.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone, iPad
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