Good Afternoon! Just this morning I was checking out the AppleTV flash forums and realized that there was now a windows installation process. I did a quick search to verify that I would be able to increase storage space for iTunes syncing by mounting a drive and redirecting the AppleTV directory…
That completed, I purchased and downloaded aTV flash. I used an old 256MB stick from my wife’s company, flashed the aTV, and looked around at the new toys. Internet works, but it’s a bit frustrating because the cursor is slow. Looking forward to upgrading the browser.
I installed XBMC and boxee, took a quick look, but wanted to get to the good stuff. I ran out to radioshack and purchased an iomega 250G external drive, it’s powered solely thru USB. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to format it in the required Max OS Extended (Journaled) format, but a bit of research revealed that it’s the same as HFS PLUS (the “journaled” part is automatic I guess, it was a feature added in '02, according to wikipedia). A website called macdrive.com provides a fully functional trial that allowed me to format the drive with the required HFS+ partition. That done, I installed the NitoTV SmartInstaller (required to get USB external drives working), plugged in the new drive, rebooted, and now the ‘About’ screen shows 230+ gigs.
All this took about 6 hours, but that included runs to radioshack, lunch, and a load of rebooting. Also, I noticed that it was trying to re-sync with iTunes after the aTV Flash, so I disabled all syncing from iTunes while I completed the upgrades. The sync definitely slows down everything on the aTV.
So now I’ll sync my library, and start to play with all the other new features. See y’all around!