Sorry Apple. I think I loose my Nerd status on this one.
Thank you to my sons for getting me a wonderful Christmas gift of an Apple TV. I spend Christmas, and the day after, at work, Bummer. But, it was much less a bummer since my boys drove down to my station and spent the day with me and my Bo at the station. My boys know that anything that comes in an Apple box is a fantastic gift for me. They made me the proud owner of an Apple TV, and I couldn't wait to play with it and see what it could do.
I didn't have composite cables to hook it up with so I used 2 sets of RCA cables. I got it working and was presented with beautiful color graphics that end with the Apple symbol. I tried and tried to get it to connect to the web but the local internet I connect to down there is an 'employee's' internet and it has a start page that you must 'click to continue' to get access past this page and onto the internet. Well, I couldn't get access to this 'click' because there is no web browser on the Apple TV. So, access denied. Bummer. I had to wait until I got home to play with my new toy.
Once home, my son had it connected, but he had no success in getting it to work. I tried as well, but didn't get any type of response with the HDMI connection. We had some success with the RCA cables, but I was determined to connect it with HDMI. After all, Apple TV is HD, my TV is HD, why not use both to their fullest capabilities, right? I tried moving it to different HDMI locations, tried turning both off and then on. Rebooted the Apple TV, etc., until I was getting irked and frustrated.
Then, I resorted to calling Apple Tech Support. The second thing they suggested, after asking how it was connected was, "do you have another HDMI cable." I instantly realized I hadn't followed the proper steps in troubleshooting. I heard my inner monolog whisper to me, "Duh! You just lost your Nerd points! You are now demoted to "Tech Support Pain in the Arse status!" That ranks me right up there with those who can't get it to work because it's not plugged in. Well, maybe one level above.
After finding that my new HDMI cables were bad, and using the ones connecting my DVD player, the Apple TV worked like a charm.