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1st generation Apple TV firmware

I got a brand new still-sealed first generation Apple TV recently, and even though I haven't opened it, I assume it is running the original 1.0 firmware since it is a 40GB model and has the older style packaging. I want to try out open source alternative OS's on the Apple TV, but I also want to be able to later restore it to the 1.0 firmware to preserve the Apple TV's original configuration and because I simply prefer the Front Row interface over the more modern ones.

Here's all of the information I found about the 1.0 firmware so far:
Filename: OS-dot-DMG 1.0.dmg
MD5: 55b909196952ff72c93aaf3553cf661e

Does anyone still hold a copy of this file? I've been looking around and all I've seen is dead links.
I've also noticed that some later firmwares like 1.1.0, most of the 2.x.x and the 3.0.0 firmwares are not available on the Internet currently, so if you have those firmwares as well, that would be fantastic to help preserve the legacy of the original streaming box.

Thank you so much.

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I am sure I once saw a list of ATV images files, but I can't find it again. I have tracked down 2.3.1 and 3.0.2 but cannot find 1.0 at present. If you are game you could try cloning the system on your new ATV 1st Gen using the free AtvCloner before you experiment with the ATV. The latest version is 0.2 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 at least. It can be downloaded from
https://github.com/dynaflash/AtvCloner/blob/master/AtvCloner.app.zip
There is an earlier version available via the Wayback Machine that only works on Leopard. It can be downloaded from
https://web.archive.org/web/20121101092901/http://dynaflashtech.net/atvc...
(note: the link to v. 0.2 on that page is dead but the DL for the Leopard version works)

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That's cool. I will make sure to do that before anything else if nobody can find the old recovery images. Thanks!

Oh, and by the way, where did you find those other two firmwares? I'd still love to download them. Thanks again.

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The factory restore images I mentioned can be downloaded from the following link:

https://www.tweaking4all.com/home-theatre/appletv/restore-appletv-os-off...

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Hi guys, I just happen to have a 1.1.0 image on my PowerBook. Not sure if it's working, but we can give it a try (I suppose it's better than nothing)! I'll try uploading it now.

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It *should* be valid if it mounts. Actually, I’d love to try installing it onto my Apple TV.

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The file is, sadly, broken, however I have just uploaded a new file which is working. It is actually the original firmware and I have tested it.

The link:

https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/os-dot-dmg-10dmg-apple-tv-1st-generatio...

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Thank you SO MUCH! You’re the best!

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-->The file is, sadly, broken,<---

Remove the broken file from the page and add a request for a good copy?

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Is it really broken? I was able to restore it onto my Apple TV (but my remote doesn’t work for some reason, I can only pair/unpair it).
EDIT: nvm, I’m blind. I thought you were talking about 1.0.

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Yep will do, I'm still new around here so would you mind telling me how I can do that?

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You can remove the file after you click on "edit this page". After you have clicked "remove" next to the file name then click "save" at the bottom of the page.