Purchased 1 Dec an aTV 2G from an apple retail store, still v4. Was working connected to the digital TV and I didn’t upgrade when it asked. The aTV remote works OK.
So connect to a Mac OS 10.6.5 and followed these instructions
1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes (check for updates through Software Update located in Apple menu).
2. Download AppleTV 2G firmware. Version 4.1.0: AppleTV2,1_4.1_8M89_Restore.ipsw
3. Download the Pwnage Tool which will streamline the jailbreak process. Version 4.1.2: PwnageTool_4.1.2.dmg
4. Connect AppleTV 2G to your computer using a micro USB cable - the power cable should not be connected.
Now during the with the process with the Pwnage Tool all works OK until I get to entering DFU mode. The Pwnage Tools screen shows two buttons to push simultaneously on an Iphone "Menu" and "Play". Countdown occurs and then you are to push and hold "Menu" and "Play" for 7 secs, then release. I'm trying to use the aTV remote that came with the aTV.
So on page 20 of the aTV setup guide it shows the Apple remote buttons. The buttons on the aTV remote I have been pressing are labelled "Menu" and the button immediately to the right which has a right facing arrow followed by an equals rotated 90 degrees. The remote has a battery and is operating with nothing between it and the aTV
So after holding these two buttons for 7 secs I release and get the following. I try multiple times to no avail.