View Full Version : atv takes a really long time to boot (10+ minutes)

February 14th, 2010, 05:45 PM
I have formatted my USB drive FAT32 and when my atv reboots, it'll wait until the usb drive has finished mounting before booting into Frontrow. This means it'll stay at the amber LED for extended period of time (more than 10 minutes). The drive is 500gb and so this process takes a really long time. When I boot up and an ntfs drive plugged in, it boots normally.

Short of using a different filesystem, are there any solutions to my problem?

Or is there any way to have the system automount ntfs using ntfs-3g (read-write) instead of mount_ntfs (which will mount it readonly)?

February 14th, 2010, 06:19 PM
You have any Large files on that FAT32 drive? What is the size of the largest one?

February 14th, 2010, 06:26 PM
The largest files are probably no more than slightly over a gig in size (video). Nothing HD or anything like that.

February 14th, 2010, 06:29 PM
What FS are you trying to mount that drive with? AFP? NFS? ????

February 14th, 2010, 06:53 PM
Neither NFS nor AFP. I am mounting it locally. And when I say mount, I mean, I'm plugging the usb drive into the atv. When I reboot the atv, I'm able to ssh in about 30 seconds after the reboot, but the LED stays amber.

I can then check the ps -awxx and see that mount_msdos is running. If I unplug the usb, or if I 'sudo kill' the mount_msdos process, then the atv boots up to finder. If I don't, I'm staring at an apple logo on the tv and a blinking led for over 10 minutes. I don't know exactly how long it takes because I usually do something else until I hear my tv playing the appletv welcome sound.

February 14th, 2010, 07:04 PM
Well, being that FAT32 is dead anyway, I would encourage you to solve your problem by converting the FAT32 drive to an NTFS Drive. :D

But seriously.... Yeah. I'd convert.

February 15th, 2010, 04:04 AM
Well, being that FAT32 is dead anyway, I would encourage you to solve your problem by converting the FAT32 drive to an NTFS Drive. :D

But seriously.... Yeah. I'd convert.

I read a discussion somewhere where Nito was talking to some guy about USB drive formats and he recommends that if you're going to use a Windows formatted drive with the ATV, it's better to stick to FAT32. But I think that he's talking from the perspective of NitoTV playing media from the drive, so maybe the discussion has no bearing on you? Check out the thread anyway:


I haven't read it all and it probably says something important for a few pages before where I linked that totally negates anything I've said so far! But at least the hackint0sh community are more likely to have Windows formatted drives hanging about so maybe there's something useful for you there....

Speaking from personal experience - I have found (predictably you might say) that HFS+ works flawlessly with the ATV (even up to 15GB HD files). Having said that it's probably easier for you to go from FAT32 --> NTFS than FAT32 --> HFS+!


EDIT found this on Awkward


scroll down to Filesystem Compatibility section and it tells you that you need to install MacFUSE and NTFS-3G packages. But, it's a guide for 1.1, so don't know if it works for 3.x, also the implementation is described as 'sluggish' as compared to read-only mounting - so perhaps it's not really worth it anyway?