So it struck me today that the general populus might appreciate the cd-manager program I created for Zoranders ext3-boot. I have therefore remixed both official firmware releases and added cdrom support via cd-manager. Yes, this means you can boot with a usb dvd drive connected and play from it on your WDTV now. The only limitation is that since dvd drives are officially unsupported you must have a supported (aka FAT32, NTFS, HFS,…) drive/flashdisk inserted. If there is no supported drive in the WDTV reports ‘no storage present’ and you will be unable to navigate to the browser. This firmware is flashed to your WDTV like the updates that have come from Western Digital, unlike the custom ext3-boot firmware that is available from WDTV HD player unofficial firmware wiki. Whereas ext3-boot is for pros (sorta) this ones for joes.
NOTE: I am not responsible for anything crazy that might happen during the process of flashing this firmware. Nothing should go wrong and everything should work accordingly, BUT if it does…
If you desire further functionality don’t miss WDLXTV, my extra souped up firmware with network capabilities.
NOTE NOTE: There is a bug that I noticed after I posted this…you can’t have an NTFS drive in as your only drive when you boot **IF** theres a cdrom connected. lame, I know. I’m workin on it. It will boot correctly with cdrom connected if a FAT32 drive/flashdisk is in the side slot (USB1) and an ntfs drive is in the back slot (USB2). Oh and one other thing; currently if theres a dvd in the drive and you eject the device in the slot that it appears under, your wdtv will crash upon insertion of new media. If you eject the disc first you’re all good when you insert something new. <<< FIXED >>>
All current errors have been taken care of. You may now boot with NTFS drives. You may now eject both USB slots and reinsert media without crashing.
You must have media manager turned on to see your external dvd drives now.
To find your drive go to the videos section and browse folders, you will be displayed the currently available devices. USB1, USB2, cdrom[s], and any ext2/ext3/xfs/reiser partitions will all be available there. Oh yes, with this release I have enabled ext2/ext3/xfs/reiser filesystems : D Neither cdrom or the new filesystems support hotplugging, yet, so stay tuned.
So in summary:
- Flash this
- connect a powered hub if you need one now ; )
- attach any external dvd drives
- attach any ext2/ext3/xfs/reiser formatted disks
- attach anything else supported
- boot wdtv
After the wdtv has booted if media library is on go to Video Folders and you’ll see everything you have connected! If media library is not on, you will not see anything connected
Current limitations are:
- no hotplugging
- dvd/ext2/ext3/xfs/reiser partitions not added to media library, means you **must** use folder view
- you must still have at least one officially supported drive/flashdisk in to be able to browse the folders.
I’ve started a thread at AVS Forums thread to deal with questions. Go here to check drive compatability and ask questions. My drive is a Plextor 716A and it will fast forward, rewind, and can be resumed. If yours can’t or doesn’t work that threads the place to say.
Go to the DVDMOD firmware page for the latest release.
Don’t forget to check out the WDTV HD player unofficial firmware wiki page.
I’ve spent a tremendous amount of time hacking around in the WDTV firmware, so if you appreciate my efforts please donate a little something using the link below : ) Thanks & enjoy.