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    Atv resetting problem fixed
    I finally figured out how to stop having to reset the ATV every time I leave it for a couple of hours. Settings / General / Sleep After / Never I don't know how I missed this setting before, but now I have no problem with it going into perpetual sleep mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMac View Post
    I finally figured out how to stop having to reset the ATV every time I leave it for a couple of hours. Settings / General / Sleep After / Never I don't know how I missed this setting before, but now I have no problem with it going into perpetual sleep mode.
    You shouldn't have to reset it after it goes to sleep, and telling it to not sleep isn't necessarily a good idea. Are you sure you weren't failing to wake it up properly when it is asleep? What remote are you using?

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    Know there is a delay in replying to this post, but hey man, it's my first day. I had the same problem of having to restart or reset almost daily. I have 3 ATV's and I was constantly having to reset them after sleepy time. I discovered the 'Never' option as well and it worked great. But now....I use a custom screen saver from a specific folder for my ATV's and when I go to use the ATV it works great on everything BUT my iTunes streaming. All the movies I have in iTunes can't be found. The library can be found, but none of the 200+ movies. NetFlix works, PPV works, just not my iTunes. But like lifeisabeach said, "..telling it not to sleep isn't necessarily a good idea" and I agree. That means its constantly sending and receiving and that can only restrict life. But I am stuck on this one.

    Details -- 3 ATV2's, iMac (running iTunes, always open), MacBook Air, all on same 802.11N network, 100MBps thru Comcast Xfinity.

    Any help, advice or discussion is greatly appreciated.
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    I'm thinking about putting a switch in the cord to the ATV to just shut it off, then back on when I use it. A pain in the Arss, but if it's not safe to never sleep, looks like that is the option I have left. I don't think the screen saver would be any different than the screen saver ATV already uses. Mine go to screen saver already, even when they're in the "never sleep" mode.
    On Jun 26, 2011, at 4:30 AM, Mac-Forums.com wrote:

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    I have been testing this since 6:30a EDT on two TV's now and both are in NEVER sleep mode and both of course have woken up properly every single time since then. It seems there is a glitch somewhere
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    I have been running both of mine like that "Never" mode for 5 weeks or so and they work just fine now. They're in the default screensaver mode with the scrolling animals when I turn my TV on, then they respond perfectly when I press the menu button. They don't really use any energy to speak of, so I am happy for now. If they quit 5 years from now......so what.

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    OK, well after extensive discussion with an awesome gal at Apple named Susan, here is a very easy viable solution.

    If you keep the ATV in the "Never" Sleep Mode it won't really hurt anything except using your home network bandwidth. But sometimes the cache folder in the ATV gets "clogged" (her phrase not mine) and a quick reset of the remote should clear it and IF that doesn't work, then the easiest thing to do is go into iTunes, go to Advanced, turn OFF Home Sharing, then turn it right back on, verifying of course that on the ATV it actually disconnected from Home Sharing. And voila, its all back and working fine. She said that Apple recommends using the Home Sharing on/off feature versus a hard reset to the ATV and makes sense to me.

    I have now done this to all 3 ATV's and they are all back to working perfectly while streaming MY photos and not those silly animals and all my movies are there and it all just works.

    I hope this helps someone else too.
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    I haven't even figured out yet how to play the itunes or photos on my ATV to my TV yet.

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    Does that mean that you just use the NetFlix feature or the movies and TV shows from the main menu?

    To stream movies, music and more to your ATV, its quite simple...

    In iTunes go to Advanced and Turn ON Home Sharing
    On your Apple TV enter your Apple ID (the same as your iTunes log on)
    Enter your password for iTunes
    Then you should see the following menu choices horizontally across the TV screen from the Apple TV

    -- Movies (these are the movies direct from Apple)
    -- TV Shows (also direct from Apple)
    -- Internet (this is where you see NetFlix, MLB.TV, NBA etc)
    -- Computers (you should see "My Library" or whatever you have it named)
    -- Settings

    Under the Computers menu choice you should see your library, open that and you'll see a vertical menu with choices like Music, Movies, Rentals, TV Shows, Podcasts, etc..so pick one

    You should see your selection appear and you select it and voila, its playing on your TV

    I rip a lot of movies with Handbrake and drop them into iTunes and they all appear right there doing the exact steps I just told you. watch and enjoy

    As for YOUR pictures being the Screensaver, its a little more involved, so next post I will detail how to do that

    Hope this helps
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    To use YOUR pictures as the Screensaver on your ATV...

    First go to iTunes and under Advanced select, "Choose Photos to Share"
    Make sure that the box is checked to "Share Photos from.."
    Select your appropriate folder of photos
    Select Apply at the bottom
    (sidenote) make sure "Share Videos" is DEselected, I ran into some issues with this

    Now on your Apple TV, go to Settings
    Down to Screen Saver
    Down to Photos
    Under Computers you will see your library again
    Select your library
    Hit Menu to go back one screen (yes, I know there is more to do)
    Select your style of ScreenSaver
    - (I personally like Ken Burns WIPE but its up to you)
    Use the Menu button to go back one screen again and select the amount of time you wish for the screensaver to start and voila, it works

    Hope this helps
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    Just set it up a minute ago. The APPLE TV is even more awesome than I thought.

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    Awesome, I am glad I could help
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    I got my music files streaming, but there is no option to share photos in iTunes. My photos are in my iPhoto.

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    Actually there is. Even if your photos are in iPhoto you can add them to your ATV screensaver by following same instructions I posted earlier. But the folder you would select would be your iPhoto Library
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    But there is no iPhoto file in iTunes as you can see in this Screen shot

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