As a long time apple user and apple lover (iPhone5, iPad3, MacBook Pro, Apple TV), I am absolutely disappointed in these recent apple shortcomings. First the new maps routing me up one way roads in Boston, now the Apple TV crashing after a routine update. Apple, please get your act together. These half baked updates are getting very, very old, very, very fast.
I purchase and recommend apple products based on the stability and foresight of the products, as do many others - this is why we pay premiums for the products. I do NOT expect to have to tinker with and downgrade from updates, especially on the newest generation of product (apple tv 3). I am thoroughly frustrated that the most recent upgrade has temporarily rendered my Apple TV useless. This is completely unacceptable and will likely affect my future purchasing decisions if not resolved soon.
I can forgive the occasional issue - the maps quirks, the new iPhone5 cable, but a bad update now? W T F.
Ironically enough, the only computer I have around tonight is my sig other's toshiba laptop. Plugged the Apple TV in to restore and received an error that the Apple TV could not be restored (error 10). No Apple TV for me tonight. I guess I'll just plug my iPhone directly into the stereo...oh wait...I can't anymore because the old iPhone 30 pin cord is defunct. Luckily I have a jawbone jambox that connects with Bluetooth...until apple decides to not be compatible with Bluetooth and invents their own proprietary wireless connection. Thunderbolt and lightning are already taken...how about apple rain wireless?
I have been talking to the Apple TV team and performing some diagnostics on the unit at their request so I know they are working on the issue.
At this time they have asked me to test a number of reboot scenarios and an attempt to recover the logs, none of which have resolved the issue.
The fact that the unit gets an IP address via DHCP with wired connection, despite the slow flashing light, indicates to me that it is software related and not a hardware failure, however, I'm concerned that a restore to previous version does not resolve the wifi.
At the very least a restore to the previous version has me working via Ethernet fixed wire.
In a weak moment I pressed the OK button to update my ATV2 - now looking at a fast blinking light. Thanks for the help - just now ordered a six dollar micro USB cable from Amazon. During the update, the progress bar took an awful long time and paused at several points for a few minutes. I thought I was in trouble, and it was true. One thing that really stinks is that the display showed an iTunes logo with a white USB cable below it, but no language at all. A phrase or two in English, French, Japanese, Arabic, Korean, and Chinese would help to clue folks in on what the heck to do next.
SOLVED for ATV 3 v5.1 Update
Following a software update to v5.1 (from v5.0.2) the ATV restarts and is stuck on choose your language. Selecting the language results in a black screen before the unit returns to choose your language.
Following a software update (as above) the ATV restarts and is stuck with a black screen and a slow flashing light forever.
Remove the fixed wire Ethernet cable and power on.
After selecting the language the unit will look for a wireless connection with a button called "Other". Do no press "Other" and wait for 30 secs. If you do not see a busy indicator (spinner) inside the button and no wireless networks are found press menu on your remote. Repeat pressing menu until you get to "Computer" and "Settings" main screen.
The unit powers straight up to the main menu "Computer" and "Settings"
Step 3: - Be careful with this step or you'll kill your wireless! If you are unsure then get someone who knows how to configure this.
Logon to your wireless modem management console.
Reconfigure the wireless setting to 2.4 GHz b/g/n with a speed of up to 54 Mbps and a channel of 11. Set the security to WEP and generate a pass code.
Save and wait for the modem to reconfigure.
Optional: Test the new wireless configuration with a device that you know works.
On the ATV navigate to the settings >> General >> Network >> Wifi and Wait on the "Other" screen.
For me the wireless networks started appearing at this point and I could select the one I needed and enter the pass phrase.
If they don't appear - power off/on again back to menu, network, wifi, other.
Now plug in the fixed wire Ethernet cable and the unit no longer resets!
Setting the wireless back to the original setting is now working - don't know why.
My settings were originally 2.4GHz b/g/n, channel Auto, Speed up to 300Mbps, Security WPA2-PSK (AES).
Hope that helps you.