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westbeverly
October 3rd, 2008, 01:04 PM
I spent an hour last night trying to boot ATV from a Patchstick on a Kingston 2 GB USB drive. Formatted Mac OS journaled/ unjournaled/ etc. and nothing happened anytime I tried to boot from it.

From reading the forums, it sounds like the most likely reason is that the ATV is just finicky about which drives you use.

So which drives have people had success with? I'd like to buy one that has a reasonable likelihood of working the next time around.

Thanks.

cdude
October 3rd, 2008, 01:51 PM
I can tell you I did NOT have luck with a SanDisk Cruzer 1gb drive... I have read positive reports about the SanDisk cruzer 2gb drives, oddly enough.

More experimentation soon.

marcel
October 3rd, 2008, 02:57 PM
If the Flash drive says "bootable" on the package labeling it should be fine, Don't go larger than 2G..

dave
October 3rd, 2008, 04:07 PM
Is what I used... Make sure you read my post on how to format it for MacOS.

snown
October 3rd, 2008, 08:26 PM
I used a 1gb Dane-Elec (http://www.dane-elec.com/)

westbeverly
October 3rd, 2008, 09:17 PM
Is what I used... Make sure you read my post on how to format it for MacOS.
I looked at your post re: formatting. I have successfully formatted Mac OSX extended, but don't see an option for Mac OSX Standard.

I tried to replicate your instructions to see if I could get the "Standard" option, but I do not see an "unmount" button that you mention.

westbeverly
October 3rd, 2008, 09:28 PM
Never mind. The problem was USB stick. Swapped a 2GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 for a 1GB Data Traveler 110 and all is well.


Thanks everyone for the help.

JoeBob
October 3rd, 2008, 09:58 PM
Never mind. The problem was USB stick. Swapped a 2GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 for a 1GB Data Traveler 110 and all is well.


Thanks everyone for the help.

This must be my problem - my Kingston 1GB is a Data Traveler 100...looks like I'll be hunting for the 110.

jalopez
October 4th, 2008, 07:10 PM
SanDisk cruzer 2gb worked for me.

Coda
October 5th, 2008, 05:50 AM
I use a cheap 2GB USB stick (has PConKey written on it). Works great. System profiler (mac) shows this info:

Product ID: 0x6025
Vendor ID: 0x0204

Maybe you can look these up to find the manufacturer. Probably not helpful. Anyway its the clear blue plastic stick that has a one piece metal swivel cover around it.

dave
October 5th, 2008, 01:59 PM
My Kingston says DT1, so not sure if it's 100 or 110. I doubt there is much difference. We've seen problems with 2GB doing installs however.

With SO MANY of these on the market, due to Asian flooding of the marketplace, it's going to be tough to compare a generic store bought with a Sandisk, Kingston, etc.

Fortunately most people have a drawer of these (almost like my boxes of 3.5 and 5.25 floppies) and can try a few to give it a shot.

Now my buddies with Windows boxes are looking for their version of the updater. :)

uncola
October 11th, 2008, 08:33 PM
add the Sandisk Cruzer Mini 512mb to the list of working flash drives.

nanchatte
October 12th, 2008, 02:13 AM
add the Sandisk Cruzer Mini 512mb to the list of working flash drives.

... because mine didn't work ;-)

but seriously uncola, how did you get it to work?

How did you format it?
Also, were there two partitions visible or just one (PATCHSTICK and disk1s2 for example)...

I have that very stick but am having no luck

I've tried MSDOS, Mac OS Standard and Mac OS Extended (Journaled) but all give the same result. i.e. I get a penbuntu login prompt and nothing else.

Cheers

jschaff
October 12th, 2008, 04:37 PM
I have tried to install with a SanDisk SDDR-113 Media 512 MB mini SD card.

I have been able to use this to install the ATV Flash upgrade to the Apple TV with any problem. Installed perfectly. But when I tried to do this with the Boxee install, I have been unsuccessful every time. The Linux starts up and it says "can't find patchstick.ll".

I had thought that the AppleTV could not access any USB drive 1gb or greater. So I did the install of the ATV Flash with first a 256Mb drive. Then the boxee said that the minimum USB drive to use is 512Mb which I got. Still not working.

Tried to format the card with a PC to make it bootable. But this gets reformatted when boxee gets loaded onto the drive for install.

Got any ideas? I can't get boxee installed on the Apple TV

marcel
October 13th, 2008, 02:40 AM
try this thread http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=594

phillipsmn
October 13th, 2008, 07:19 AM
I used a Sony MicroVault 1GB and it worked perfectly. I picked it up for less than $15.00 from Target, in case you're looking.

cdude
October 14th, 2008, 02:12 AM
I finally got boxee working with a 2gb Sandisk Cruzer Titanium. Older unit, one of the first ones they came out with. Formatted Mac OSX Extended (Journaled). Note: I used a Windows box (a long time ago) to completely remove the U3 partition and crapola from the drive. So no U3 issues. Finally worked perfectly on the first try... unlike the Sandisk Cruzer 1gb (traditional memory stick type, not the neat retractible Cruzers that the newer ones use) that I was trying before.

marcel
October 15th, 2008, 03:39 AM
@crude..cheers for the update ..welcome to boxee.:)

CKeiser
October 15th, 2008, 12:38 PM
I tried unsuccessfully with a Sandisk 2Gb.
Found a very old Sandisk 1Gb rolling around in the bottom of a bag and it worked just fine.
Go figure.
-CK

cdude
October 16th, 2008, 03:37 AM
I tried unsuccessfully with a Sandisk 2Gb.
Found a very old Sandisk 1Gb rolling around in the bottom of a bag and it worked just fine.
Go figure.
-CK

U3 or no? If no, how did you remove it?

Tom Dibble
October 24th, 2008, 02:48 PM
Worked just great with an original style Apple iPod Shuffle (the "white pack of gum" style), 1GB (provenance: this is one given to all Apple employees when the Shuffle came out).

The atv app annoyingly kept remounting the Shuffle (I think that happened four times over the course of the procedure), which kept bringing up iTunes to tell me the iPod appeared corrupted, but closing iTunes (or, after the second time, force-quitting it while it was starting up) kept everything moving.

On the AppleTV, everything went flawlessly. At the end, the message said ssh would be available as 'ssh frontrow@appletv.local', but 'appletv.local' isn't to be found and I had to use the IP address (in the Apple TV settings or in Boxee's settings) to try ssh'ing in. Not overly important, but it'd be nice if the message listed the ip address instead seeing as how the bonjour name doesn't appear to work.

FastMac
October 24th, 2008, 04:36 PM
I used a 1gb Dane-Elec (http://www.dane-elec.com/)

So did I and it did not work.:confused:

test5477
October 24th, 2008, 07:16 PM
2gb sandisk cruzer worked fine. 9.99 at officemax, I didnt have one already.

lladnaar
October 25th, 2008, 01:53 AM
Don't go larger than 2G..

A good guideline if buying a new stick anyway, but not necessarily a reason to go buy a new stick. My SanDisk Cruzer Micro Skin 4GB worked just fine, the previous 2 1GB sticks I tried did not.

loosegroove
October 25th, 2008, 01:55 PM
I used a PNY Attache 256MB and it worked fine. Oddly enough, the patchstick website said to use at least a 512MB. I went ahead and tried it and it worked!!

kylemurphey
October 25th, 2008, 02:23 PM
i used a 2gb Sandisk and this tool to create the bootable disk http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ it does all of the formatting and creating automatically. I had my flash in FAT32, so I could go between PC and Mac, and this reformatted it, and put all of the files on automatically.

gregr24
October 25th, 2008, 10:01 PM
Tried. Failed

jeckle
October 26th, 2008, 02:29 AM
PNY Technologies - Attache 512 [working]

ShakeBobWillis
October 26th, 2008, 04:46 PM
I Used a Kingston 2GB Data Traveler.

http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/detail.asp?Redir=1&description=Kingston+Digital-DataTraveler+2GB+USB+2.0+Flash+Drive-Portable%2FRemovable+Drives&dpno=7008329

Worked fine rght out of the box.