News Archive for: Monday March 26, 2007 (later added items first)
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2 Vendors offer Apple TV Hard Drive Upgrade Service (or do it yourself)
For those that don't want to do it themselves, two vendors are now offering Apple TV hard drive upgrade services.
TechRestore (requires cookies enabled in browser) sent these options
  • 60GB Storage Upgrade: $99.99
  • 80GB Storage Upgrade: $149.99
  • 100GB Storage Upgrade: $169.99
  • 120GB Storage Upgrade: $179.99
  • 160GB Storage Upgrade: $219.99
    Shipping Costs (USA I assume)
  • Self-ship with return overnight shipping - $19
  • Door-to-door with overnight pickup/return - $49

They have this note on warranty:

    " The drive used in upgrading your Apple TV includes a 3-5 year manufacturer warranty. Your Apple TV warranty will be voided by installing any upgrades or modifications."

iResq lists these options/prices (includes shipping):

  • 160GB - $299
  • 120GB - $259
  • 80GB - $209

Those prices include Overnight Pickup and Delivery. They also list a 90 day warranty and 30 day return for refund period. I suspected this would void the Apple warranty but iResQ has this note:

    "AppleCare Warranty Note: If you have iResQ perform an upgrade or repair on your Apple TV, your factory Apple Warranty will remain in tact as you purchased it from Apple. However, any new parts installed by iResQ will not be covered under your Apple Warranty, they will be covered by iResQ."

Some users on the web were concerned about increased heat with a larger/faster RPM hard drive installed. The stock 40GB drive (33GB available for storage) is a 4200 rpm model (Fujitsu in the examples I've seen) that may have been selected for its low power usage. (The Apple TV reportedly gets very hot as-is.) The specs of a 120GB Seagate (PATA/IDE) Momentus 5400rpm drive I had on hand showed a bit more power use I think (just under 1/2W higher R/W, about 10% higher Max I think) with a 55°C Max operating temperature per seagate specs, but I don't know the max temperature spec on the stock drive. (Apple's Apple TV specs page lists environmental temperature, not internal temperature range.) I doubt there would be any problems with a drive swap like that, but of course it's too early to tell about longevity even with the stock drive.

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More Apple TV user reports/tips
I've updated the page of Apple TV user reports/tips with feedback on a user's Sync/Stream tips, notes on photo sizing, setup notes using a switcher, and more comments on syncing/streaming.
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Quickertek 802.11n card/antenna upgrade kit for Intel-cpu Mini
Quickertek sent a press release on their Intel-based Mac Mini 802.11n upgrade kit ($179 on upgrade page, $180 mentioned in PR) which includes an 802.11n upgrade card, additional antenna (external) with cable, tools, and illustrated installation manual. (Readers in the last couple months have upgraded their Intel Core Duo/Solo Macs with the $49 Mac Pro kit card or Dell 1500 notebook card, although they don't include an additional antenna, but most of the macs (other than the Mini) already had 2 antenna cables for those cards. A Mini owner also seemed happy with that upgrade even using a single antenna - see March 2nd news post - Mac Mini owner on Mac Pro 802.11n card swap, Tests w/Airport N base.)
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Apple doc on Apple TV sync/stream and Firewalls
Apple this weekend posted another Apple TV support doc (see bottom of Apple TV page here for 40+ other Apple TV doc links ) titled Apple TV: Data does not sync or stream after entering passcode

" Issue
Once you have entered the passcode from the Apple TV on your Mac or PC to establish a syncing or streaming connection, the sync or steam of content may not work.

This can result from a firewall being enabled on your Mac or PC. If you have a firewall enabled, please make the following adjustments:

On a Mac
1) Open the Sharing System Preference (choose Apple > System Preferences and then choose View > Sharing).
2) Click on Firewall.
3) In the "Allow" field make sure the "iTunes Music Sharing" check box is checked. This will allow the transfer of content for syncing and or streaming to your Apple TV.

If you use other firewall or internet protection software, check the documentation for that software on how to open TCP connections on port 3689.

On a PC
Make sure the firewall is configured to allow TCP connections on port 3689. This will allow the transfer of content for syncing and or streaming to your Apple TV. If you use Windows Firewall, see "iTunes for Windows: Music Sharing With Windows Internet Connection Firewall " for detailed steps. If you use other firewall software, check the documentation for that software on how to open port 3689."

As a FYI there's a previous doc titled TCP and UDP ports and protocols used by Apple TV

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Rate Your Mac CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports today. Total to date: 10,301. Here's a summary of the latest addition (search database by upgrade brand, mac model, etc. for a complete list/comments of all user reports on matching criteria - latest reports first).

  • Powerlogix G4/1.2GHz (7455) in (Sawtooth) G4/AGP (rated 10)
    (bought the Sawtooth G4/400 less HD for $40, CPU upgrade for $175.)
  • Sonnet Dual 1.8GHz (7447A) in (Digital Audio) G4/AGP (rated 6)
    (includes notes on reapplying thermal paste, cooling notes, etc.)

    (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the G4 upgrade reviews and G3 upgrade reviews pages. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, send a review with your experience (performance/stability/installation, etc.), Mac Model/Upgrade brand info and overall rating (1= worst to 10=best). Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand).

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