Have we every considered this little scenario … the USB port on the Apple TV is NOT powered … allow me to explain.
After trying FOUR (yes four) different USB flash drives and 3 emails to Apple Core, and one half hearted response from Apple Core, I decided to see if the USB drive on the Apple TV was getting any power (just so that I could rule this out … which is the 1st thing you learn in trouble shooting; rule out the obvious). To do this I connected a USB light & a USB apple mouse, to my surprise, neither was receiving any power. The Apple TV I am using is only a little over a year old and this is the FIRST time that anything was being plugged into the USB port.
I decided (along with one of the guys from my tech department) to do a little research, and this is what I found. The Apple TV is, by default, not powered from the factory. Apple purposely did not power the USB drive (from the software level, and not, apparently from hardware level as this port is designed as a diagnostic port for Apple technicians.
Why has Apple Core neglected to tell us (or at least me, as I could not find it anywhere on the site) that the USB port is not powered. Was the aTV Flash supposed to re-power the USB drive, and if so wouldn’t this void your warrenty? Thus is is unlikely that the aTV Flash would do that.
So obviously the apple tv won’t load the aTV Flash because it is NOT reading any data from the drive because, DAUH, the drive is NOT powered.
Now, how am I supposed to work around this? Now I have to hack the Apple TV (so that the USB drive gets power, as the is apparently done from the software level, not the hardware level) to install a program that is supposed to hack the Apple TV.
What the HELL!?!?!?!?!
Apple Core PLEASE RESPOND! Maybe I missed it on your website that the USB port would not be powered, and f so I apologize.