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To make an install USB drive that will erase the internal hard drive and install Crystalbuntu on a Mac

To make an install USB drive that will erase the internal hard drive and install Crystalbuntu on a Mac


  1. Download http://download.stmlabs.com/atv-images/installer/installer.img.gz
  2. Open Terminal, navigate to the downloaded file, and enter the following command followed by return:
    gunzip installer.img.gz
    diskutil list
  3. This will list all connected memory devices. Look for the one that is your USB stick. Normally, with no other USB drives connected, it is listed as disk1 If your USB drive shows up as something else then you must replace that number in the instructions below. Failure to do so will likely result in data loss. 
  4. Enter these commands in your Terminal window, in sequence:
    diskutil umountDisk /dev/disk1
    dd if=installer.img of=/dev/disk1
  5. Wait for the process to finish. It may take a while.
  6. Remove the USB drive and take it to the Apple TV 1, along with a USB hub and a USB keyboard
  7. Plug in the USB hub into the Apple TV 1, and then plug the USB drive and USB keyboard into the hub
  8. Boot the Apple TV 1 and wait until it gives you an error.
  9. Log-in using atv as both the username and password
  10. Enter the following command:
    sudo -s
  11. You will be asked for a password, again, which is still atv
  12. Enter the following commands:
    cd /
    echo ubuntu > .distro
    reboot
  13. Wait for the initial installation process to finish. It will ask you to remove the USB drive and reboot. Do so.
  14. Wait for the rest of the installation process to finish and soon you will be using XBMC via Crystalbuntu on the internal hard drive
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2 comments on “To make an install USB drive that will erase the internal hard drive and install Crystalbuntu on a Mac

  1. bill
    November 3, 2012

    I get “Permission denied” when at step 2.
    Mountain Lion, intel Macbook pro

    • projectzme
      November 3, 2012

      Try running sudo -s first then run the commands

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