WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.5.7

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.02.11 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.

Joe pointed out to me this new FW revision, so I whipped up something good for everyone ;-) This is for the most part untested…I flashed it and streamed a few 1080p titles of my NFS, but I’m heading out for the night now so won’t be doing much testing for a couple days. Be on the lookout the next few weeks for a new version with most of my scripts rewritten in c, to lighten the system load and hopefully be a bit more stable.

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

* Now based on firmware 1.02.11
* includes Steve.JC's patched mount.watch (untested!!)

You may find the latest release at the WDLXTV page.

You may download this release here.

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.

October 2nd, 2009 22:54

thanx that was fast will be testing it lator on today wahhhhhh :)

October 3rd, 2009 00:44

will you be able to put this on the WDTV Live?

<<< edit: if ~someone[s]~ buy me a wdtv live I will most definitely release WDLXTV’s for it as well ;-) –b-rad >>>

October 3rd, 2009 04:25

thanks man…
will be looking forward for the new scripts written in c… :)

October 3rd, 2009 07:43

Problems with the new release…. WDLXTV 0.5.7

Hi b-rad, I installed this new release and the dts wav sound not plays correctly, the wdtv reproduces a molest white noise…

It’s curious, because with your previous firmware WDLXTV, I don’t have any problem… I play dts sound corretly!!!

If I put the official firmware, I’ve the same problem, the wdtv only reproduces with noise (with version 1.02.10 and 1.02.11)…

Any solution???


<<< edit: Your comments were not deleted, they were awaiting moderation. I’ve been able to reproduce the issue you describe. I’ll see if I missed something, but if the official fw’s make white noise as well there isn’t much i can do. –b-rad >>>

October 3rd, 2009 09:12

Thank you for the hard work!
Please add Hebrew subtitle support! :)

October 3rd, 2009 22:51


Thanks a lot for your release and the inclusion of mount.patch … even if you”ve called me Ernis.

Everything is fine.


<<< edit: must’ve misread the thread at wdtvforum ;-) Changed it to steve, cheers. –b-rad >>>

October 4th, 2009 04:52

Hello B-RAD,

I’ve tested your new firmware but it seems that the WDTV does not get anymore an IP. Until now, with everything was perfect – I could FTP, telnet; I could share from my PC through CIFS, NFS. I can even share through Samba the files on the WD Passport attached to my WDTV except for NFS share – by the way here I get an error saying : exportfs: Warning /tmp/media/usb/USB2/.806…COA does not support NFS export. The WD Passport attached to WDTV is partitioned as NTFS. I’m sorry about bothering you with these but I’m not a Linux expert and have already spent 3 weeks trying to figure it out where I’m wrong.

Regards and thanks in advance,


<<< edit: my minimal testing to see if 0.5.7 worked was playing 1080p mkv’s off my NFS, so I assure you its not universally broken. Try and leave your adapter unplugged for a few minutes then plug it in ~10s after you plug the wdtv in. As for your other issues, the forums would be a better place to debug them. –b-rad >>>

October 4th, 2009 06:06

Is the Video Playlist icon missing for anyone else?

<<< edit: its missing for me, I’ll check and see if I forgot to include it. –b-rad >>>

October 4th, 2009 16:28

First of thanx many for your work.
The latest release 0.5.7 seems to stop respecting custom screen_save.png in the root directory.
welcome jpg is still supported.
Besides this: I have two WDs in my network (one 56 and one 5.7), streaming of NTFS – everything works just lovely and as I could tell identical.
Mounting NTFS with cyrillic in file names (if anyone cares) worked fine after I realized that I need to put it like “xmount // MOV1 cifs user=wdtv,password=wdtv,iocharset=utf8″

<<< edit: forgot to do some patching to enable screen_saver.png. That and some other tweaks are being polished up now and should be ready in a couple days. –b-rad >>>

October 4th, 2009 18:08

Congratulations for your tools. Its help me to link my MBWE and my WDTV. It’s really great the examples given inside to mount units. I have donate a few amount to b-rad. I have only one suggestion: a kind of tutorial to ones, like me, who doesn’t have any knowledge about linux, telnet etc (like the config/mount files, but with .txt end); designed to newbies trying to become smarted in this issue. Once more, congratulations b-rad! Fabio (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

<<< edit: Cheers, thanks for the donation. I’ve been planning a tutorial to show my exact system setup, but not being a noob myself (and not using windows–so no worry about file extensions) I will probably still miss obvious (to me) things. There are many tutorials out there if you look around though, that might be more suitable, noob-on-noob style ;-) –b-rad >>>

October 4th, 2009 22:02

Thamks B-RAD. I have my IP back now and it’s working again.

October 5th, 2009 07:19

I wanted to know if with this firmware i can connect a wireless usb so that i will be able to connect to the internet. also i wanted to know if its excpected to have a hebrew srt support for subtitles because now there is still none…

<<< edit: with the right additions you can connect a wireless adapter, wdtvforum has ample information about it…I have no adapter and therefore no help.

As for hebrew support, it is much more complicated than I’d hope. Maybe someday, but as of now no. –b-rad >>>

October 8th, 2009 00:03

Hi, just for info because you have changed mount.watch in new fw

juanmacar has found a pb in mount.watch for lot of folders with the cmd ls “$f”`

the script exit with an error “input line too long”.

The solution was in line 31 and 13 I change the
CONTENT=`ls “$f”`
CONTENT=`ls “$f” | head`


<<< edit: it crashed for me, so I noticed and did the same thing to patch it…but i never liked how mount.watch caused constant disk activity and therefore removed that part and rewrote the whole thing. –b-rad >>>

October 8th, 2009 03:40

Have you ever thought to integrate this to you firmware? http://www.nowhere.dk/articles/wdtv-make-video-resume-boot-persistent

<<< edit: good idea, will do. –b-rad >>>

October 10th, 2009 02:25

Just a Question I have upgraded to this version I have several questions :

Im trying to solve no IP problem,when i change net.config on my pen to test again I have to do another firmware upgrade right? (by changing the version number?) is this correct?

Because im trying to do this but when i change the version to XXX.2 to XXX.3 after the upgrade I see that he has the version XXX.2 what Im doing wrong ?

<<< edit: no need to reflash when you change net.config, its parsed every boot. The version number is inside of the FW itself, what you enter into the ver file is just a formality. –b-rad >>>

October 12th, 2009 04:46

Stable, awesome, BluRay quality! WooHoo. Just donated. Thanks!

October 13th, 2009 07:57

Fantastic, JC’s patched mount.watch works fine. No more power off-on to retrieve my samba shares. Use with “Media Library” option set to off. It’s like night and day;)

October 15th, 2009 15:29

Thanks for the great work b-rad, with a little playing around i’ve got my wdtv running with the nfs app and streaming HD from my home PC. I’d like to be able to upload the nfs app directly onto the wdtv so as not to need a usb key, is that possible?

Also, I was trying to watch some home movie clips (m2ts) and i could only play the first video, when I stopped it and tried to play the next it asked me if i wanted to start from the beginning (press cancel) or resume playback. After watching that I switched to another .m2ts movie and i just got a black screen, nothing happened. All i could do was go back.

I’m using the latest 0.5.7


<<< edit: the NFS files are too big to fit in the firmware nowadays, WD goofed by using such a small NAND. As for the stop playing bug…well a small minority of users get affected by it occasionally, its root has never been debugged…different things work for different peeps to get it to go away, seems mostly voodoo :-) –b-rad >>>

October 15th, 2009 15:59

Nice work B-Rad.

Regard, am using in conjunction with the 1.3.1 wifi app in the smartp thread, the lilibabe osd and your nfs pack.

As reported by a number of people, the remote fails to respond to FF/Rew/Stop/Pause randomly, once it stops it doesn’t restart until full reboot. Its not the remote sensor issue as home/power eventually work and options works most times. I think its probably a bug as WD seem to have yanked that pre ware.

Thanks for your work, I look forward to the next release =)

<<< edit: I’m not affected by this bug, I imagine if many are WD will be issuing new version soon. –b-rad >>>

October 16th, 2009 05:28

Working nice with no cont. disk activity.

Great job!

October 16th, 2009 13:40

Where can i download fw I can only find 0.5.7

October 16th, 2009 21:48

Hi, b-rad… I love your work. Just got a Seagate theater+. It is short on many features…. and I was wondering if you will be supporting that device?


<<< edit: I don’t support any device I don’t own…so buy me one and we’ll see ;-) –b-rad >>>

October 17th, 2009 16:39

?? u got a nice wdtv2 congrats b-rad just wondering if u will make a final FW for us with the wdtv1 please and thank you i can not afford a new one just yet ?

Ryan Marshall
October 18th, 2009 18:48

is there anyway to have the WDTV Support 4TB Mybook Drives?

<<< edit: Maybe, but like most things, requires getting one in my hands. –b-rad >>>

Oskar Gunn
October 20th, 2009 04:26

I just installed 0.5.7 and put my old usbstick which has nfs.app.bin in the root.
I get an ip address and I can telnet myself onto the device. However when I do an xmount
(xmount Movies nfs) I get the following error:

# xmount Media nfs
modprobe: module nfs not found
modprobe: failed to load module nfs

I there anything I’m doing wrong ?

I tried rebooting but in vain.

<<< edit: sounds like nfs.app.bin is not loading for some reason. –b-rad >>>

October 20th, 2009 04:57

First of all, a big special thanx for your work! I have a very important – at least for me – question about an additional feature. Is it possible to implement a sleep timer? Something that will auto-turn off the WD after a given time, 0.5-1-1.5-etc hours?
Thank you!

<<< edit: yeh, sleep timer is doable. It’s just not anywhere on my list of to-do items. –b-rad >>>

October 20th, 2009 23:23

Is there a limit on flashing back the official firmware after using WDLXTV ?
WD latest FW id 1.2.08 – where can I find 1.2.11?


<<< edit: no limit on flashing anything. –b-rad >>>

October 21st, 2009 10:24


If i mount 2 nfs shares like this in net.mounts:

xmount mov nfs
xmount tv nfs

they mount in the filesystem (on the usb stick as they should), but the wdtv says no file found.

If i only mount one of these shares, everything works perfectly. Any ideas?

<<< edit: No, have you telnet/ssh’d in and checked /tmpmessages.txt? You can find help at wdtvforum. –b-rad >>>

October 23rd, 2009 02:19

I’m using
very good!! perfect!!
but I have one need!!
please! support korea sub(smi or srt) on dvd-rom.
(Now Support smi or srt in Memory stick)
I want only this one!!(support sub on dvd-rom).
thank you!

October 25th, 2009 02:12

There is a new Prerelease Version of “WD TV HD”!
Here is the Link WD TV Prerelease 1.03.01


October 25th, 2009 18:38

Hi… Frst of all, great job with these modified firmwares… awsome stuff…

I am having some issues with response time from my wdtv… Since i updated from to i am having an issue a bit painful.

If start to watch a movie file and i want to pause it or stop it the wdtv does not respond… i takes ages to do so… i press the remote like crazy but nothing happens… after a few minutes it does…

This is something that never happend with…

Any ideas

Thank you

<<< edit: try a factory reset before you upgrade, try a few times. No idea what makes the issue you speak of pop up for a small minority occasionally. –b-rad >>>

October 26th, 2009 10:16

Unfortunately, I got the same error using USB2LAN, the remote is not working, no STOP, PAUSE, etc. Can you please check this issue that appears to be available in all the firmware versions?

Using ext3-boot firmware this is not present, everything is working well.

Doru T.
October 26th, 2009 18:06

Hi b-rad,
Been thinking about installing your firmware for a while, somehow never got around to it but now may just be the time (how’s that for an opening, eh?). The official 1.02.11 firmware fixed the audiosync problems I’d been having on some mkv files (you try watching Seven Samurai with the sound out of sync…not good) and even some avi files, so right now I am very happy with it all except of course with the bloody boot-up time, and sloooooooooooow thumbnail loading. Reading your description it seems you’ve greatly improved both, and this would hit the spot for me, as I don’t need anything else, I’ve a dedicated external HDD permanently connected, I update it once a month or so, so no need for LAN/Samba etc – all I want is better/faster thumbnails, and maybe boot times.
After this long-winded explanation, I am finally getting to what I am trying to say – would your firmware improve those and not muck up anything else?
Cheers in advance,

<<< edit: sounds like it would improve the areas you speak of, try and see. –b-rad >>>

October 27th, 2009 01:25

Great firmware, but 1 question.
In the file for the net config even when i turn dhcp off and fill in a ip adress myself it doesn’t get that ip adress do you know why this is??

<<< edit: nope. –b-rad >>>

October 27th, 2009 01:29

O forgot something else i got the emminent em 1010 usb2lan apdaptor.
This apdaptor is in the support list but it doesnt give an ip adress to my wdtv, when dhcp is on, does this apdaptor need a usb hub and when it does is a buspowered enough or does it need a powered apdaptor. :)

<<< edit: no idea. –b-rad >>>

October 27th, 2009 04:26

any idea if anyone else having problems logging in wdtvforum

October 27th, 2009 08:10

WD just release 1.03.01 firmware. Do you plan to upgrade the WDLXTV to base on that instead of 1.02.11?

<<< edit: How about some sort of incentive for me to do it? Its in the plans but my free time is sparse and I am a busy guy. –b-rad >>>

Ryan Marshall
October 27th, 2009 15:18

I got a wired lan usb adaptor.. it was a supported chipset for the wdtv.. but should it just work or is there something that i need to do more to the wdtv.. is there some sort of faq on how to get this to work with your firmware..


October 28th, 2009 02:33

I suppose now that WDTV live is out you will ignore us older WDTV users now?

<<< edit: I don’t know, are you asking me to? –b-rad ;-) >>>

October 29th, 2009 01:22


I’ve got some issues with mounting ext3 partitions. If I turn off WD and then turn on disk dosen’t mount – only unpluging power supply or system reset fixing ext3 mounts. So hotpluging dosen’t work. Any clue how to make it work?

I’ve noticed olso some bug or hardware problem -don’t know exacly. When I’m listening music for a while – until screensaver appears, remote control dosen’t work and only thing I can do to make it work is to put remote control in front of the device and press button. Then device is awaking and everything works good. Andy ideas what it would be?

Best regards

<<< edit: try this, it hopefully fixes the notorious remote bug that affects a very small minority. Once you’ve upgrade to, telnet in and execute this: config_tool -c NTP=OFF then reboot –b-rad >>>

October 31st, 2009 09:49

BTW: I donated to your effort.

November 1st, 2009 14:46

Hope you will have time to put out the new firmware based on 1.03.01 :)

<<< edit: gonna try for tonight ;-) –b-rad >>>

November 1st, 2009 16:14

Thankx for the remoe fix….

November 1st, 2009 16:57

Just updated to and the remote still doesnt work properly… well trest guess is ok
thankx anyway

<<< edit: Did you do config_tool -c NTP=OFF ? –b-rad >>>

November 1st, 2009 18:22

Yes, i tried it… must be something i am doing wrong…

When playing a video via NFS sharing remote still goes dead…

Thank you once again…

December 31st, 2009 07:37

Hello my friend,
as i can see from all this comments you are the best of your kind, i dont understand so many about them but i would like to make u a question please..
i have wd live tv but stucks when it plays 1080p movies and i dont know why when 720p plays witout problem…with your firmware is this gonna stop or do i need something else to do.??
thank u

<<< edit: Probably too many ref frames in your 1080p material. Your only solution is to upgrade to the wdtv live. –b-rad >>>