1st gen Apple TV stuck in screen saver mode

I managed to get the aTVFlash installed with the patch stick (or whatever it is called here) and was using it to set up boxee and netflix when my remotes stopped working.  it could not find the path on my computer so futzed and futzed till my remote stopped working.  Thought it was the batter.  Nope.  it will not respond at all.  Can't even get it to recognize a signal from my remote.  No lite or anything,  It syncs fine with iTunes.  Did i purchase a lemon?