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#1  January 15, 2011 - 8:30pm
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I experienced lots of trouble getting the apple TV 2 into DFU mode both during jailbreak and tether boot.The only saving grace was the following site which suggested that you may also benefit from getting the device into DFU by first holding the Menu + Down arrow for a few seconds (until rapid blinking starts) and then holding the Menu + Play buttons for 7 seconds.This is the only solution that works for me on my system.http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=12379 Hope it helps you.

  January 18, 2011 - 4:18pm
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Thanks for posting this Roland.  Unfortunately, even this did not work for me, and I still can not get mine into DFU.  If anybody has other tricks to do this, let me know.


  January 18, 2011 - 5:37pm (Reply to #2)
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sarahe.8186 wrote:

Thanks for posting this Roland.  Unfortunately, even this did not work for me, and I still can not get mine into DFU.  If anybody has other tricks to do this, let me know.

 What worked for me was after jailbreaking I then did the tethered boot ( some say not removing usb helps but I did)- press menu+down ( when usb connected)--> this reboots the atv- remove the power ( this is what is not in most descriptions but it was the only way I could get things in DFU when performing the tethered boot)- press menu+play for the 7 secs or so ( this will put it into dfu- replace the power cable and continue When finished do not disconnect the power cable. Just disconnect the usb cable and plug in the hdmi cable. You should then be at the selection of the language.If this does not work for you please report back. philip  


  January 19, 2011 - 3:21am
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I could not get the aTV into DFU mode, but after using a different micro USB cable the problem was totaly solved.


  January 19, 2011 - 9:29pm (Reply to #4)
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Hi everyone. I am still having trouble getting ATV2 into DFU mode when Jailbreaking. I've downloaded the latest Seas0nPass  (0.6.7 (23)) and have an iMac running 10.6.6. I have followed the links above, and while have no problem with iTunes recognizing my ATV, can't seem to get past the Seas0nPass screen of Waiting for device to enter DFU mode....Here are the steaps that I am following:1. Do not have iTunes running 2. Do not have ATV connected to either power or USB3. Run Seas0nPass and wait until it prompts you to Connect USB and then press and hold MENU and Plan/Pause for 7 seconds4. Plug in ATV2 into USB and hold down MENU and Play/Pause for 7 seconds I have ATV2 flash every 1/2 second, but nothing else - iTunes does not launch, Seas0nPass does not say anything about detecting my ATV2 in DFU mode. I have experimented with various permutations and when I have iTunes also launched (ignoring step 1) [this works if power cable is in or not in] at the same time as Seas0nPass, it does detect ATV2 in DFU mode. This is about as far as I have gotten.  Do you have any suggestions? I have tried every combination I can think of (hold down Menu down once plugging in the USB cable, not hold down menu down, with power cable, without power cable, iTunes running, not running, micro USB cable 1, micro USB cable 2, iMac, MacBook Air).... nothing.  BR,AK 

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  January 22, 2011 - 9:31pm
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I could not get it into DFU mode after about an hour of trying a tethered boot. The "downward arrow+menu" then "menu+play" worked for me so thanks!!I previously JB and tethered book without issues but 2nd time around had issues.Looking forward to an untethered boot as this can be very frustrating!!


  February 6, 2011 - 7:54am
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A little trick I learned trying to get my Apple TV to go info DFU mode is to make sure both the USB and the power cable are both unplugged and then plug in the USB cable first and then the Power cable.  It should let you go into DFU mode.  This still doesn't help my problem of no internet after I do a tethered reboot.  


  February 12, 2011 - 2:45pm (Reply to #7)
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I had EXACTLY THE SAME EXPERIENCE. My original cable came via Amazon and a link I believe for the pwnage tool. I tried for weeks to get it to work and believed that it did since I was able to use TinyUmbrella to back up. But it did work with the DFU mode. I bought a new cable from RadioShack and it worked the first time and every time I have tried thereafter. The tethered boot works and the Firecore installation worked perfectly. 


  February 14, 2011 - 5:24pm
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Excellent, worked perfectly!


  March 13, 2011 - 3:46pm
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I came across this thread as I am having the same problem.  My atv doesn't even show up in itunes.  Is it meant to, even?  Finally had time to try and jb my new atv2 today, with greenpois0n. borrowed a micro cable, downloaded greenpois0n, and off we go, or so I thought!!! After 3 hours I still can't get it into dfu mode. I've tried every method on the internet. Tried on a mac and a pc. ATV doesn't even show up in itunes on the mac on the pc there is a usb error device, and an unknown device. I don't know if it is a problem with the lead or the device. Any ideas please?


  March 14, 2011 - 5:01am (Reply to #10)
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In my experience if the ATV2 does not show up in iTunes then you have a problem with the micro USB cable and there is no point in wasting time to try and go any further until that is resolved. I had a total of 5 micro-USB cables availalbe to try, and only 2 off them work with ATV2. What the difference between them is I have no idea.

I AM A USER - NOT A FIRECORE EMPLOYEE

ATV2 = 720p compatible model: Latest jailbreaks supported by SeasonPass are UNTETHERED: 5.3
ATV3 = 1080p compatible model (NO JAILBREAK CURRENTLY AVAILABLE)


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