WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.5.8.1

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.03.01 firmware, but with many extra features. Similar to my dvdmod firmware, this is a permanent flash, just like an official upgrade. There is no Linux knowledge required to use WDLXTV.

This is a maintenance release. I had a typo that prevented S00custom-options from working, so patched that. I also messed up on the file name for the persistent video resuming, so check the Changelog (below) for details. If you weren’t affected by either of these bugs, then no real big deal to upgrade.

If you enjoy my work please make a donation. My time is thin and donations help focus me on producing new & better versions. Thanks. :-)

0.5.8.1
* fixed typo preventing S00custom-options from executing
* persistent video resume filename correction: video_resume_points_table
* dos2unix /conf/net.mounts & /conf/net.config to fix windows editing


Importantly: It seems as if I *might’ve* finally found & fixed the sluggish remote / unresponsive video issue that popped up for a small minority of people a long time back. It turns out that dmaosd doesn’t like a lot of stuff happening while it is loading, and especially does not like NTP changing the system clock during init. So, if you have been/are affected by this bug you need to do the following from telnet/ssh/S00custom-options:

config_tool -c NTP=OFF

if you’d like to see if you can get NTP to coexist you can try the following instead:

config_tool -c NTP_DELAY=20

Note this delays the NTP sync, hopefully letting dmaosd initialize before it grabs time. You might need to change this to suit…and it might not even work ;-) The bug doesn’t affect me so what does / doesn’t work I don’t know, you’ll find out.


You may find the latest release at the WDLXTV page.

If you feel you have something you’d like to contribute or would like to submit a patch, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Post any bugs you come across at wdtvforum in the WDLXTV-0.5.X thread. Don’t forget to check out the WDTV HD player unofficial firmware wiki.

I’ve spent a tremendous amount of time hacking the WDTV firmware, so if you appreciate my efforts please donate a little something using the link below : ) Thanks & enjoy.


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Rod
November 7th, 2009 08:36

Thank you for 0.5.8.1 ;)

Kenneth
November 7th, 2009 10:29

Is there a way to minimize, disable, or make the status menu smaller when you press pause? I often pause frequently to read subtitles, and the menu thing blocks the subtitles. Maybe as an update. Thanks… great job.

<<< edit: The enter button hides/shows the info bar… –b-rad >>>

sherpa
November 7th, 2009 10:41

will this fix the problem with the wdtv live issue with the S00custom-options too?

thank you for your hard work.
([-_-])

<<< edit: WDLXTV-LIVE was not affected by this typo. –b-rad >>>

Rod
November 7th, 2009 17:43

Argh… i am still unable to fix the sluggish remote…

config_tool -c NTP=OFF in S00custom-options is a no go for me…

ho well…

<<< edit: Do you use wireless adapter? Could you try putting a sleep 20 statement inside net.config? This will cause your boot to be 20s slower, but it could be the adapter initializing itself while dmaosd is loading that causes the sluggishness. If that fixes it I’ll include a workaround so bootime is the same, just interface is delayed. If no wireless adapter you could also try setting NET_MOUNTS_DELAY to 20 or so…Sooner or later I’ll nail this down for everyone ;-) –b-rad >>>

Achim Pietig
November 8th, 2009 05:45

Problem with LevelOne USB-0201 Gbit ethernet adapter is solved.

The problem was not related to the new firmware:
After updating to 0.5.8.1 the adapter was not found again, but after downgrading to 0.5.7 the problem occurs again!

It seems to be a timing problem after any firmware flashing:
If the adapter is connected during boot is is not recognized in most cases.
I could solve the problem by rebooting without the adapter and fitting in after a few seconds in between the boot process (after the first WD logo on the screen). It is important to find the right time. If the connection is too early, the adapted is switched of after some seconds. If connected too late (WD logo appears with IP:no) it isn’t found also.
After one good connection the adapted is found in further reboots without problem, it seems that the system stores the last good connection…
Regards,
Achim

<<< edit: This is not caused by the wdtv, instead its the capicitors in your ethernet adapter. –b-rad >>>

Joey
November 8th, 2009 07:15

i have tried ur fw with the matrix Reloaded.mkv 8.5 gig lags so much streaming cifs only this film does it but putting it on a harddisk that same file works awsome know anything bout this bug ?

hello b-rad very nice i bought my wdtv from sweden and it works freaking great with this new updated fw u gave to us

all is speedy

i remeber a little back u said somthing about making you’re firmware’s more lite version when were u thinking of doing this i understand U gots no time

globiboulga
November 8th, 2009 09:11

Sorry this version (0.5.8.1) doesn’t make it for me. My Apple USB Ethernet Adapter isn’t recognized anymore. Had to go back to 0.5.7.1. Maybe a capacitor problem too in this type of adaptater. But why is it working so well in previous fw? Anyway keep it up! Thank you for all the hard work dude:)

November 8th, 2009 10:31

The ideas are great, really enjoying the firmware, simply amazing. The only thing – I cannot get my Samsung SE-S084C Drive to work with WDLXTV. Could you include support for it, I really wish it was possible. Thank you!

<<< edit: if it doesn’t work it doesn’t work. Theres not much I can do if the driver isn’t in the module. –b-rad >>>

honeybunny
November 8th, 2009 11:13

With this update the background image looks like blue wood paneling instead of a solid blue. The text looks fine, but just wondering if the firmware update went okay or if I need to do something to fix it.

<<< edit: Wood paneling : O What’d you do!?! –b-rad >>>

Rod
November 8th, 2009 14:11

b-rad I use the belkin wired usb adapter… it worked great with other version of your firmare…

Since 0.5.7.x it went wrong for me (sluggish remote)

Well, in the meantime i am using ext3-boot 0.9.2 with v1.03.1 root.bin… it’s been hell for me… too damn slow… ;)

Anyway, i am always gratefull for you work in this firmwares…

Turki
November 8th, 2009 23:56

Dear b-rad, i was using 0.5.7.1 version but when upgraded to this version it having issue with mp4 files which not producing any audio. when i downgraded to the to 0.5.7.1 it working fine. Do you have any idea why this happen?

rise4peace
November 9th, 2009 10:46

hi b-rad,

is it possible to include the ability to use netflix with a firmware upgrade?

cheers,

rise4peace

<<< edit: I’ll be releasing that addition on the fourth of never. –b-rad >>>

Justin
November 10th, 2009 04:57

I’m a member of the HandBrake video encoding group, and found this in the version tracking system. Many people (including me) have been having a hard time getting vobsub subtitles in MKV files to display properly on the WDTV. This link explains why:

http://trac.handbrake.fr/changeset/2917

Can you fix this in your firmware, or is this something that WD has to fix?

–Justin

Ryan
November 10th, 2009 21:25

Thanks!

Its all working now (USB RT73 Wireless + NFS). Finally I can say goodbye to ext3-boot.

Keep up the good work.

– Ryan

ccmlee
November 10th, 2009 23:06

Thank You for your job!!

but this firmware don’t apply to support smi or srt

in DVD-ROM!!

Please!! support this problem!!

Please!!

<<< edit: It has never supported external subtitles from optical drive. If its so important why not donate $50 and I’ll finally dig in and fix it, because otherwise its not an issue I care about whatsoever. –b-rad >>>

mark
November 11th, 2009 04:08

Thanks for the custom firmwares,they make such a positive difference to my WDTV.Out of curiosity,what is the size of the WDs flashrom and what is the maximum size of firmware that can be put onto it?

<<< edit: There is currently 4KB of free space in the internal firmware with WDLXTV. –b-rad >>>

Louie
November 11th, 2009 04:19

Hi b-rad!
Is it possible to cut down the firmware size and put the nfs mounts inside? I use my WDTV to watch videos, photos and music from my NAS via wired ethernet (bestcon mcs-7830). No other fancy features (such as external dvd, optware, samba etc). It would be great to have my WDTV working without a pendrive inserted permanently. A kind of WDLXTV light with ethernet+nfs support? How much work would it be to make it from WDLXTV or the offical firmware? Or maybe I have to sell my WDTV to replace it with a new WDTV Live? Is this new player stable enough? Sorry for the long comment…

<<< edit: Not enough room. Besides that even if it were possible you realize it would tell you ‘no connected storage’ with nothing plugged in making the whole issue null&void — right??? –b-rad >>>

Joey
November 12th, 2009 15:04

No beta its official:

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/

Speedy002
November 13th, 2009 01:07

Hi,

i have flashed the latest firmware 0.5.8.1 but i am not able to get a simple network sharing running.
I want to stream HD from My Vista PC.

Pls. help me :o )

November 17th, 2009 06:07

Upgraded from 0.5.7.1 to 0.5.8.1, hoping to sort the freezing of some xvid videos. It dind’t sort that, but it introduced the sluggish remote issue.

Adding NET_MOUNTS_DELAY=20 to net.config solved the remote issue for me!

Alex
November 17th, 2009 14:34

I have a D-Link DWA-110 wirelesss ethernet USB dongle but I have no luck with it, I couldn’t make it run (WDLXTV 0.5.7.1)
My WIFI network uses WEP security
I do not know but DWA-110 refuses to turn on amber light (what did I do wrong?)
Can anybody give me some help? Also, please, how to config net.mounts etc (example)
Thhank you all.
Alex.
infomain@fibertel.com.ar

Mark
November 18th, 2009 22:12

I actually have 2 questions, I watch TV shows on my WD, rather than regular TV, is there a way to play files back to back, without having to click the next video file manually? Also Is there any way of placing 1 jpg in a folder that makes all the TV shows (avis) in that folder show that jpg on all files instead of having to make an individual jpg for each avi, and also making that the folder image? Not really important, just convenient. Thanks.

<<< edit: Hit ‘play’ instead of ‘enter’ –b-rad >>>

Livada
November 22nd, 2009 05:53

I tRY all
Work GREAT with ext3-boot-0.9.2.With WDLXTV work but noz good play ok but i canot push any comand . No stop no back no any. Proc in WDTV use FULL no work :( and 1 question. How start S00custom-options in last FW ? i call my pictures but not see in BCG this pictures work good in WDLXTV-0.5.7 and i save net.mount and net.config in usb but not boot for this? What diferent CALL in version 0.5.7 and 0.5.8 .
see:
echo ‘mount -o bind /tmp/welcome_background_bg.jpg /osd/image/welcome_background_bg.jpg’ > /tmp/init.d/S99post-init
This is it? or i call other command?
1 more quest how use ext3-boot-0.9.2 + wdlxtv
i boot with 0.9.2 save WDLXTV in sub and boot but not work :(

David
November 23rd, 2009 12:13

Direct Download Mirror: http://bit.ly/wdlxtv0581

Livada
November 23rd, 2009 12:41

Hi
I to solve the problem. I use WDLXTV-0.5.7 and usb2lan adapter and no LAG in remote.HOW? Go in option and OFF media library :) All work fine and no LAG. I use hanewin nfs and this option:

USB must have this file : net.config, net.mounts, S00custom-options, nfs.app.bin

My computer(XP SP2) have fix IP adress: IP: 192.168.5.122 and SM: 255.255.255.0 no Gateway no DNS.

hanewin exports:
c:\DVD -name:DVD
d:\temp -name:temp -necessary

net.config :
HOST=wdtv
MTU=9000
DHCP=no
IP=192.168.5.129
NM=255.255.255.0

net.mounts :
xmount 192.168.5.122:/DVD DVD nfs
xmount 192.168.5.122:/temp temp nfs -necessary

S00custom-options :
config_tool -c LISTNUM=8 -necessary
config_tool -c GENTHUMBS=15 -necessary
config_tool -c SUBTITLE_FONT_SIZE=44 -not necessary
config_tool -c USBICONS=’yes’ -necessary
config_tool -c NTP=OFF

This is it.
I use Wincomander7.02 and FTP . Very Easy. Copy direct file to usb connect in WDTV. 4mb/sec FAT32 or 0,7mb/sec NTFS. Only copy pure-ftpd.app.bin to usb and boot.

Livada
November 23rd, 2009 12:43

my mistake
-nessesery :(
this is – not nessesery
my mistake :(

dewit
November 24th, 2009 11:29

I had the problem with the remote control that only would play or go back, no pause or stop.

Now I upgraded to 0.5.8.1 and with the çonfig_tool’ changes B-RAD mentioned above my WDTV with wireless works perfect again.
Many thanx b-rad!

netdada
November 28th, 2009 07:17

Hi B-Rad.
I believe you again did a typo.
You wrote “* persistent video resume filename correction: video_resume_points_table”
But for me video_resume_point_table is the only one that works now.

<<< edit: will update soon, thanks for pointing out. –b-rad >>>

HomerS
November 30th, 2009 13:02

B-rad thank u very much for ur work and effort.

Up until recently i used zoranders ext3-boot 0.9.2 but it used to much memory and reduced the buffer quite a lot while streaming untouched blu-ray movies via lan.
And this caused untouched movies with high bitrates (~55 mbit/s) to stutter and slow down.

BUt when i checked out ur WDLXTV 0.5.8.1 firmware, i had no problems anymore streaming untouched movies. The Buffer and memory stay high even with movie files of around 40 GB.

Great work.

ulysse
November 30th, 2009 13:20

High b-rad.

I have a trendnet TU2-ETG no wireless adapter.

From WDLXTV 0.5.5, the first version I installed, I have the sluggish remote problem. Very slow response (~10s) during a video and just to be able to stop it !

With the latest firmware (0.5.8.1), I tried “config_tool -c NTP=OFF in S00custom-options” without success.

But I tried what you proposed to Rod : “Could you try putting a sleep 20 statement inside net.config?”. And it works until now !

You also proposed to try setting NET_MOUNTS_DELAY to 20 … Can you precise me how to do this and what is the difference with the sleep ?

In addition I have had problem to do a nfs remote access to a NAS. It seems that WDLXTV didn’t load nfs.app.bin. I changed my usb key and it works now. The difference is the name of the keys : the first one contained space and not the second one. Does the latest firmware needs a name without space ?

You do a marvelous work with your firmwares.

Many thanks.

<<< edit: All internal settings are changed the same way, with config_tool. config_tool -c NET_MOUNTS_DELAY=20 –b-rad >>>

zuka
November 30th, 2009 14:18

I bought WD TV gen2 one week ago, and I updated its with official firmware 1.01.75.Is there unofficial firmware for this device?I hear this device same chip as WD TV Live, but it is not possible to use WD TV Live firmware. Do you know whay?

Many thanks for help.

<<< edit: Buy me one & I’ll get an unofficial firmware on it asap ;) You can’t use the Live firmware because every bit of the system is different EXCEPT the cpu. –b-rad >>>

posthuman
December 1st, 2009 02:14

Hello, your firmware is great just great, takes the wd tv and goes it to another level. I have one question to make. Could you achieve dts downmix through firmware. All the people that have the wd tv expect this feature –> DTS DOWNMIX !!!

Best regards

<<< edit: never. –b-rad >>>

Joe
December 1st, 2009 04:49

@HomerS would like to know how ur setup is cuz i cant get 8 gig fullhd mkv’s movies playing big time lagg

HomerS
December 1st, 2009 08:39

@Joe: For the streaming of FullHD Movies via LAN i use a gigabit lan adapter by level one, a gigabit switch by d-link, the Hanewin NFS server application (CIFS Share is to slowly for big files) and WDLXTV 0.5.8.1 Firmware.

netdada
December 3rd, 2009 06:42

My USB2 Flash Drive gets aggregated under the USB1 with my network drives, so that I can’ eject them safely. Is this a bug? Plz look also at http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=3293.msg25125#msg25125 for more info.
Can you help?

December 4th, 2009 14:37

one question…..

is there any chance you are going to make firmware for WD TV 2nd generation for ethernet support?

Thanks

<<< edit: Are you going to buy me a gen 2? –b-rad >>>

Rod
December 4th, 2009 16:53

@Livada

Thank you man… finally i got the sluggish remote problem fixed… yaaahhhh

I only used the static IP on the WDTV

net.config:
HOST=wdtv
MTU=1500
DHCP=no
IP=192.168.1.130
#GW=192.168.1.1
NM=255.255.255.0
#DNS1=192.168.1.1
#DNS2=205.171.3.65
#NTP=pool.ntp.org
#TZ=PST8PDT
#SUPPRESS_OTHERS=yes

S00custom-options:
config_tool -c NTP=OFF
config_tool -c NET_MOUNTS_DELAY=10

Using hanewin nfs in windows 7 32bit

@b-rad
I can’t telnet to WDTV anymore… lol
login and password? root?

I am using putty client…

Anyway thankx to both once again

jonathan
December 4th, 2009 22:19

How do i change my thumbnails from 12 to 21. Im a newbie so if you could be detailed i would appreciate it. Also, is there a way to cutomize the wallpaper?? Thanks

<<< edit: Look in S00custom-options, then go to a forum for end user support. –b-rad >>>

Joe
December 5th, 2009 05:25

@HomerS thanx for the update i am using a 100/100 mbits maybe this is why it dont work for me i will go out and get a gigabit lan card and give it a go

Rod
December 5th, 2009 10:28

Argh that fix worked for a couple of hours
Sluggish remote returned stronger than ever lol

Oh well

December 5th, 2009 16:12

ufffff, I understand… you need one to make firmware… i am from serbia, hardly i can buy you WD TV gen 2….

<<< edit: perhaps you can’t buy me one, but you can sure donate–and anyone that marks that their donation goes towards a gen2 WDTV, well it would ;) –b-rad >>>

jonathan
December 6th, 2009 01:33

B-rad, got a question. I download the last wdlxtx. Then I downgraded to FW 1.2 . I then upgraded back to wdlxtv. Before i did the last wdlxtv upgrade I took a new wallpaper jpg and put in the background,jpg & i also opened soo-custom using wordpad & took the “#” off of the video thumbs so I can have 21 thumbs. I then downloaded it to the WD player but nothing change. It still has the same wdlxtv with the hardwood floor wallpaper & no change in thumbs. What am I doing wrong????

December 7th, 2009 06:46

Pk, I could donate, there is problem, my country is not at the list for credit card option of donating… and I wonder is there enough donations so you could find a way to find a way for new firmware.

HFX
December 12th, 2009 10:48

b-rad: would you mind posting the version of asix drivers you used in your firmware? I can’t get my adapter to work (http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=3332.0) and I am just wondering if my adapter requires newer driver or something like that. The driver that ships with it is AX88772_772A_178_LINUX2.6.25_Driver_v2.1.0

Helder Martins
December 12th, 2009 12:09

Hi,

I have been reading and reading and seems like you did a great work here. However, I have not still uploaded this customized firmware to my box because I found difficult to really know few things like what does it offer (in terms of functionalities different to WD firmware), what does it requires (in terms of hardware).

I currently posses a WDTV HD (the one that comes without network capability but HD output) and I wanted to know few things like:

1) Will I loose HD capabilities by using this modded firmware?

2) Will I have a graphical interface (I don’t mind if it’s different to WD’s original) to browse/use my GUI? My wife currently uses the box as well, and she’s no tech geek at all.

3) Will I be able to use a USB network wifi adapter? I currently have a D-Link 150 that I can use to test this.

4) Will I be able to keep using Spanish subtitles on my videos?

Also, it would be a good idea to post a video in YouTube or any other video sharing site about this firmware in action, that would give it very much more fly! What do you think?

Just wanted to close to clarify I’m a tech geek who loves to have his hardware hacked to make it better, I currently have 3 Lynksis Router modded in order to REALLY make them great devices, I love to use modded software (and more when they are community programmed instead of original-big-company-restricted) but wanted to get some clarifications before going into this (promising) adventure with WDLXTV.

Regards, hope to hear from these answers soon!

<<< edit:
1) lmfao, of course not. 2) lmao, of course. 3) try it and see. 4) is there something special with spanish subs compared to every other sub out there? –b-rad >>>

Helder Martins
December 13th, 2009 07:14

Ok, I read more here and there (some other sites who talk about WDLXTV) and now I have better question:

Once I install latest WDLXTV firmware in my box (using a FAT32 formatted pen drive as indicated), if I want to use different applications or “plugins”, I need to have these in a pen drive or external unit (due to the lack of space in the original box’s storage). Now, my question is: can this storage that will contain ONLY the applications (things like Samba application and any other) be NTFS formatted? Can it just be the same external hard drive I use to store my media (WD Passport 500GB NTFS formatted)?

<<< edit: It can be exclusive or shared, its your choice. I usually keep them seperate though. –b-rad >>>

joe
December 15th, 2009 14:31

Will we see any updates from u b-rad and the upcomming new year ??

<<< edit: Yes, I’ll be releasing a new wdlxtv which contains several system enhancements from wdlxtv-live before the new year. –b-rad >>>

Garyh
December 18th, 2009 08:31

B-rad, your stuff is awesome. I’m so new to this that it’s scary. But I’m willing to try new things. I recently was given a WDTV and have used it to watch movie files with great success. I want to add it to my network and avoid having to copy movie files to a memory stick. I have an external drive attached to my Mac where I store my movie files and I want to access it from the WDTV via my network. I’ve flashed your 0.5.8.1 firmware and it works great.

I just got a Belkin Gigabit adapter to access my network. When I start the WDTV, it now shows an ip address. So I know it’s connected to the network. But as I said I’m a newbie and I’m lost as to what to do next. Are there “easy” step by step instructions on setting up my Mac and WDTV to share files.

I want to continue my quest, but I need help. Please reply or email me with suggestions.

<<< edit: Get a book on Linux or visit a forum. I don’t provide the type of end user support you’re requesting, unless you pay for it ;) –b-rad >>>

Mikavan
December 18th, 2009 10:46

Hi B-rad
Your stuff is great – Thank you

But i have one problem

I would like to install the core-extras-app on my
wdtv with1.03.01 firmware and wdlxtv 0.5.8.1.But
the wd found no file on my usb stick (i try with 2 sticks).What can i do

<<< edit: try, try, and try again ;) –b-rad >>>

Michael R.
December 20th, 2009 02:29

Hi B-Rad,

nice thingy! Thank you again…

Just one question: I am struggling with filesystem exports. I have to add codepage-parameters to the smb.conf file permanently in order to get the german umlauts correct. The one under /tmp gets recreated on every startup. How do I add
character set = ISO8859-15
client code page = 850
permanently?

Best regards
Michael R.

Avi
December 24th, 2009 03:46

I’m ready to pay 20$ for a DTS capability.

R U capable of updating the software for that purpose?

<<< edit: Not possible & not enough if it was ;) –b-rad >>>

ete
December 24th, 2009 04:42

Hey B-Rad!

Thanks for the hard work, love it!

Just one question: in version 5.7 i was able to use WPA2, but with 5.7.2 – 5.8.1 it does not work (same conf), so i have to use WEP. Did you change anything with respect to wireless access using WPA encryption?

kind regards,

frankyyyy

<<< edit: no clue. Don’t think I did anything, but I don’t have a wireless adapter to test with either. –b-rad >>>

joe
December 24th, 2009 12:04

Merry Christmas B-rad & Happy New Year to you and your familys

<<< edit: Thank you joe, happy holidays to you too :) –b-rad >>>

Janito
December 27th, 2009 18:42

Don’t know if anyone is having this problem, but I have a USB hub with 2 HDDs on it (connected to 1 USB lot in the rear) and another HDD connected to the side USB slot. Every time I upload a new movie to one of the HDDs, the player is telling me that the storage cannot be aggregated and the only HDD that is showing up is one HDD connected to the hub. The only time this is fixed is when I reset the player to default settings.

Any way out of this. Oh, how rude of me. Merry X-Mas to all :-) ))) and thanks for the awesome firmware.

<<< edit: weird issue. Will try and replicate whenever I’m back in town. –b-rad >>>

Janito
December 27th, 2009 18:45

To the above post I forgot to add that when I reset to default settings then all the HDDs show up on the player. Otherwise, when uploading a new movie to one of the HDDs then I get this issue. Thanks!!!

ziya
December 30th, 2009 02:00

in officall fw subtitles very high in scrren.can i remove subtitles in the screen with this firmware and how.
my wd is wd tv gen 2.

sory for my bad english, its not my first language.

<<< edit: This firmware is NOT for WDTV G2 and no, subtitle position can not be moved. –b-rad >>>

whiic
December 30th, 2009 03:44

Just a few questions:
DTS downmix is probably difficult but also probably the biggest achievement in WDTV firmware hacking. Is cannibalizing Popcorn Hour A-110 firmware ruled out as a possible solution? It would be more difficult than the (already successful) enabling of DTS on A-100 because WDTV is a whole different animal… but it still uses same Sigma DSP.
http://www.wdtvc.com/2009/04/01/dts-downmixing/

How’s future updates? Are you going to continue to improve 1st gen WDTV firmware, or focusing on 2nd gen WDTV (that is, NON-Live WDTV (no Ethernet), but like regular WDTV except built-in DTS downmix).

Then as a third one, if cannibalizing Popcorn Hour microcode is not possible, could 2nd gen WDTV firmware be used (separately or in combination with A-110 codes)?

2nd gen WDTV uses a .FFF file in addition to .BIN and .VER. What is it? Encryption key? Is 2nd gen firmware still hackable?

<<< edit: DTS downmix requires hardware keys and will not work cross device. They are encrypted as well. Not to mention that binaries are incompatible between original WDTV and WDTV G2/WDTV Live. I work where demand (and donations ;) ) dictates, and that has been villa for the last while. Its getting pretty stable though so I’ll be spreading my time around more soon–and I received a WDTV G2 so wdlxtv G2 will be in the works whenever I’m back home. –b-rad >>>

joe
December 30th, 2009 05:11

anyluck on the new update you wanted to build

<<< edit: I’m out of town atm joe. I won’t be back home for another 10 days or so. I do plan on releasing further wdlxtv’s for wdtv1 and wdlxtv for wdtv G2 too ;) I just spend my time where the demand is and that is currently with villa, never fear though villa fw is getting pretty stable. –b-rad >>>

netsrac
December 30th, 2009 09:06

Hi b-rad,

great work!

Although I am not using the network capabilities of the extented firmware, I like the “persistent”-features of WDLXTV.
Unfortunately I cannot get .thumbDB work correctly under 0.5.8.1.
.thumbDB is on my USB-stick (ntfs) and gets “filled” when I am browsing through the files on my usb hard disk. After powering off and rebooting my WD TV .thumbDB is empty and refilled when I am browsing through the files.

Any idea what could be the reason for this?

Best Regards!

<<< edit: Possibly an NTFS issue. –b-rad >>>

Janito
December 30th, 2009 10:01

Hey All,

About my last post concerning the aggregated issue, I was able to solve this. One of the HDDs had only 400MB free and I read somewhere that the WD player needed more so I freed up 4 GB and everything is fine now. The only wired thing now is that when I upload/delete a movie and plug the HDD back in the player I get and extra USB drive and it is empty. I do see the other 3 HDDs but not sure why am I getting an empty 4th? Nonetheless, I can live with that.

Happy New Year to all and hope to see more kick a** firmware in 2010 B-RAD :-)

netsrac
December 30th, 2009 12:50

Hi b-rad,

thanks for the quick reply. I’ve tried ext2 and ext3 filesystem to get .thumbDB working – no success – same behavior as described above. .thumbDB is filled and cleared after reboot.

Best Regards!

dwoz
January 2nd, 2010 14:53

Hi b-rad,
I’m using WDLXTV at startup and the demonstration of the WD logo hangs player.
The problem occurs when there are two disk partitions, FAT32 and NTFS.
My drive is a Lacie 750 GB partitions:
First FAT32 primary 4 GB (32 KB cluster size)
The rest of the space is an NTFS logical with 64-KB cluster size.
How do I fix this?

<<< edit: is there any sort of hidden recovery partition on the device? If there is then you need to remove it or plug your device in after the wdtv has booted. –b-rad >>>

Lister of Smeg
January 7th, 2010 06:57

Hey B-Rad,

Is its possible to fix the persistent video resume filename correction: video_resume_points_table?

I think its supposed to be video_resume_point_table

Or can i do it myself? I don’t have my WDTV networked though.

Thanks

<<< edit: I’ll look into fixing this if it is indeed wrong. –b-rad >>>

AL1
January 7th, 2010 23:29

Hello b-rad , and a Happy New Year

First of all , I’m a french boy (old boy 54 yrs !!)

So English is a foreign language for me

*** May be it’s a duplicate post but I can’t see the first one ***

I Have installed your firmware so to be able to read video files on a USB external DVD Drive

It’s a Samsung SE-S084B and it works great
when plugged in the back USB port and does not work when plugged in the top USB port

Anyway , this is not a problem

My problem is that one

I will be very very very happy if you could add support for external subtiltles SRT files

something like

01 – mymovieA.avi
01 – mymovieA.FR.srt
01 – mymovieA.EN.srt

02 – mymovieB.avi
02 – mymovieB.FR.srt
02 – mymovieB.EN.srt

… etc

and be able to switch from English to French subtitles with the remote

I know that it’s probably a lot of work
I can make a donation via Paypal account

<<< edit: paypal me a $20 and I’ll see what I can do about getting external subs working from optical drives. I’m about to start rewriting cd-manager to make it more functional too. –b-rad >>>

dwoz
January 9th, 2010 12:36

Hi b-rad, it is possible to create config_tool for thumbs quality?

<<< edit: not atm. –b-rad >>>

Flavius
January 19th, 2010 15:01

Hy,
B-RAD, I hope you have happy new year ! After 3 weeks i put in my stick more app. and last firmware…and voila good work for me, =(i have: wdtv & WUSB600N & WRT160N ddwrt version) thanks for your last release, maybe i have this probleme: DVD iso file not recognize , why ? in original firmware works, maybe in NFS folder sharing, my device not play this format , please tell me wath version works this file format :iso dvd format ? Sorry for my english, ;) Thnx, Flavius

Genia4
January 22nd, 2010 04:06

Hi b-rad – thanks for the great FW.
There are a couple of features I’m very interested in, and would like to know what do you think about the possibility of implementing them (I’d do it myself if you said you think it’s possible).

First is subtitle synchronization during movie playback.
Second is hebrew srt subtitle support (probably using fribidi).

Thanks again for the great work!

<<< edit: subitlte sync during playback is achieved by hitting left or right during playback, which adjusts sync by 100ms each way. Last time I investigated right-to-left fonts are not supported or possible to support. –b-rad >>>

Genia4
January 22nd, 2010 15:27

Hi b-rad, thanks for the response.
I’d prefer to have this conversation over another medium, but I couldn’t find your e-mail address :)

Anyway, silly me for overlooking the subtitle sync feature.

Regarding the right-to-left subtitle issue, what about “cheating” the player. Let’s assume that the player has the fonts (glyphs?) for displaying Hebrew. Just before playing a video, use fribidi (the program) to convert all Hebrew subtitles in the same directory to left-to-right (fribidi does it smartly), and only then playing the video.
If such a solution isn’t possible, then it could be done when a media is inserted and scanned. The issue remaining is to somehow install Hebrew fonts on the player.

Do you have any other info on the issue?

<<< edit: the subtitle sync trick only works on the wdtv live I believe, didn’t notice this was the original wdlxtv…if you click on any donate link you can find a way to contact me ;) The font is encrypted in an unknown format, so no adding glyphs. Something like this *might* be possible with the live though. –b-rad >>>

Miles
January 24th, 2010 06:05

Many thanks for making such a cool firmware !

I bought a USB->Ethernet adapter, which in Ubuntu gives the following information:

Bus 002 Device 003: ID 9710:7830 MosChip Semiconductor MCS7830 Ethernet

Any chance of adding support for this to your FW?

All the best,

Miles

joe
January 28th, 2010 10:20

Could anyone make a tutorial for installing tinc on wdtv. http://www.tinc-vpn.org/

joe
January 28th, 2010 14:26

ill pay 10$ for the tinc install on wdtv1

January 31st, 2010 09:27

Hello, what happened with firmware for WDTV G2?

joe
February 1st, 2010 10:24

no need anyone for the tinc i figured it out my self

RHG
February 2nd, 2010 13:13

Hello B-Rad,

I had a WD TV G1 and installed WDLXTV – it worked great. I was really wanting HDMI 1.3 support (or at least I thought I did) so I traded it for WD TV G2 and I have installed the latest firmware 1.01.77. The new one seems to be pretty stable and some files that would not play properly do work on the new one.

Some of my files were playing in 1080i on the WDTV G1 and now are playing 720p on the WDTV G2 – not sure what is up with that. I used HDMI on both – goes through a SONY A/V receiver to my TV.

I know you are planning to come out with WDLXTV G2. If you need someone to do some testing – I volunteer to test on my WDTV G2.

<<< edit: original wdtv would attempt a mode setting regardless of the the EDID stated. Some TV’s have modes they don’t list. The original WDTV would do 1080p24 on my tv, yet the G2 and wdtv live refuse…because 1080p24 is not stated in the EDID. –b-rad >>>

netsrac
February 6th, 2010 00:36

Hi b-rad,

do you still plan “releasing a new wdlxtv which contains several system enhancements from wdlxtv-live” for WD TV G1 or has the old version reached kind of “end of life” with 0.5.8.1?

Regards!

John
February 14th, 2010 08:54

Okay, in the risk of being criticized for posting in the wrong thread; I did look for somewhere to post suggestions but I couldn’t find an obvious candidate.

1. Would anyone else love to be able to use a bluetooth keyboard instead of the remote? (Especially with YouTube).

2. Also, if anyone could implement the same functionality for use with the site TvGorge.com as already exists with YouTube it would be extremely nice. TvGorge enables the streaming to outside the us of tv shows that are normallyblocked in Europe and all countries except the US.

February 15th, 2010 02:56

Is there any chance for firmware for WD TV G2?

<<< edit: I’m working on it, just taking time so everything is unified between all wdlxtv[s]. Feel free to donate a bit to expedite my workings ;) –b-rad >>>

Omri
February 15th, 2010 08:53

Please Please Please make a 2nd gen firmware
i made a huge mistake and installed a firmware update from wd website and since then all my hd movies arent sync (audio and video ) !!!

somebody needs to sew them ….

<<< edit: donations expedite progress ;) –b-rad >>>

Oskar Gunn
February 15th, 2010 11:19

I updated to WDlxTV 0.5.8.1
I use a USB2lan adapter to connect to Hanewin NFS.
I connect through telnet and issue an xmount command to connect to a shared folder.
the mount point works in the telnet connection.
However I can´t see the folder showing up on my tv through wdtv :(

Do I perhaps have to use WDlxTV 0.5.7 ? (it all worked there)

Oskar Gunn
February 15th, 2010 11:30

It seems to work now after I downloaded the latest nfs and ftp files and created the mount point within net.mounts :)

Schniggi
March 2nd, 2010 02:53

I’ve updated to 0.5.8.1 and it works fine (also no sluggish remote with teh net-mount delay set). Is there any way to enable access-control for the dropbear sshd (via hosts.allow)?

Regards

BVG
March 10th, 2010 13:39

Hi there,
In first place, thanks for your great work regarding to wdtv product.
In 2nd place, I have a question about the next wdlxtv firmware (it will happend?). There is any support to a client torrent? Now I’m trying rtorrent + wtorrent (yes, thanks for the great tutorial) and having a lot of memory issues (canot allocate memory).
My dream is to put this little box with a client torrent, 24h a day ;)

Thanks again.
Regards from Portugal.

<<< edit: then go buy a WDTV Live. There is not any additional space in WDLXTV-1 for ANYTHING!!!. –b-rad >>>

Sabir
March 26th, 2010 19:07

Sup there,

I have an issue.. I installed the WDLXTV and everything went fine..

But when i boot the wdtv up it would display the WDTV Logo (original) then the screen would go blank. after a couple of minutes, WDLXTV would finally load.

I’ve also noticed that it sometimes wouldn’t detect my hard drive even if it’s plugged in before boot or after boot..

Are these normal?
if not, What are the fixes?

thanks, great work btw.
\sabir

<<< edit: Sounds normal. –b-rad >>>

joe
March 30th, 2010 05:19

i bought one and im god dam much happier now with the live thanx a million to B._.RAD

Rut
May 13th, 2010 01:06

Hi B-Rad!

I’m an old-fan of your mod-fw.

I know that there’s no space for further mod .. but..
a little improve..

As you know, there’s many app’s to modify wdtv layout.
But we need more app’s.

I’d like only a little mod for 0.5.8.1: the possibility (embeded) to load a “background.jpg” image as a background for each folder.

What do you think ?

Thanks!

<<< edit: what you’re asking for cannot be done by a shell script or in 5KB of space. Further developments will [b]only[/b] come if there is interest purveyed over at forum.wdlxtv.com in the WDTV 1 section. –b-rad >>>

Alex
July 29th, 2010 15:26

Hey Rad, Great release.

I use an NTFS 2T disk and when I try to play 720p movies with external subtitles, I get choppy video and loss of audio after 5 minutes or so. If I turn off the subtitles, the movie catches up with the sound and you can continue your movie. You may even re-enable the subtitles till you get the same lousy effect again. With lower resolutions there is no problem and highjer resolutions tend to have a much worse problem. If I try to reproduce a 1080p with 60fps, I get this effect in a few seconds even without the subtitles.

Any ideas? My drive is a 2Tb NTFS volume.

<<< edit: Dunno, but I can tell you that NTFS is the slowest of all choices of filesystem types to use. Haven’t heard this issue though, might try and defrag the drive. –b-rad >>>

damo102000
August 1st, 2010 03:37

I have the same problem as Alex,any suggestions would be great.

<<< edit: I suggest you both debug at forum.wdlxtv.com instead of the comment area here ;) –b-rad >>>

Alex
August 2nd, 2010 03:10

Or better yet. Lets try and troubleshoot at that topic: http://forum.wdlxtv.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=1167 in the forum which I started and still nobody replied. :D

se.afasia
March 6th, 2012 13:50

Hi b-rad,
I install your firmware but I have a probe with usb wifi toggle.I can’t set the ip thru my router.
The toggle is an levelone wua-0614 b/g/n and the router I use is the thomson tg 585 v8,also I use sometimes the provider’s router ZTE ZXV10 H108L b/g/n also.
I install the toggle but it can’t obtain the ip,please tell a solution or some tutorial to follow the quide step by step,thanks.

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