Apple TV G2 Jailbreak Adventure

What better thing to do on a rainy day than jailbreak my Apple TV G2?  Why do I have this thing?  I guess I would say I had one of those “Buy It Now!” eBay moments.  Anyway, back when I bought it a Mac was needed to jailbreak the device.  Needless to say, I run about everything but Mac.  However, there are now ways to do it via Windows.  I decided to give Sn0wbreeze a try.  This YouTube video goes through all the steps to complete the jailbreak using sn0wbreeze and Windows:

What would become of the world without YouTube and Wikipedia?  I think we would all be doomed. I followed the video and it did not work.  On another site I found instructions and my missed step:

Press and hold the Shift key and click on Restore. Then, select the custom Apple TV 2 iOS 4.2.2 ipsw that Sn0wbreeze created and placed on your desktop.

I selected restore without holding down shift which restored the software from Apple and then came error 1611. I kept trying both the jailbreak and restore binary packages always getting error 1611. After awhile I decided to try the entire jailbreak on another system instead of my laptop. To my surprise it worked several times. WTF? Both systems are Windows 7 and running the same version of iTunes. I do not get it, just another crazy Apple experience.

In the end what I thought would be quickly done was not that quick. The Apple TV is OK after the jailbreak. I like XBMC, but I should have picked up something cheaper and never bought this thing. No, I would not buy it again.

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