'WDLXTV' archives

Homebrew for WDTV Live SMP (gen3)

Merry Christmas, I bring tidings of homebrew goodness. I have just released a homebrew package for the WDTV Live streaming media player. The one commonly referred to as ‘gen3′. WDLXTV-Palace, as it will be called, utilizes a hole that allows booting of arbitrary firmware. Perhaps one of the nicer things is there’s no flashing involved!
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WDLXTV-Live-0.4.2.0 + WDLXTV.com domains launch party

WDLXTV-Live is an unofficial homebrew firmware for the Western Digital WD TV Live. It enables a wide range of extra functionality which is missing from the official firmware, such as bittorrent, webserver, NZB, SSH, FTP, etc. I’ve done my best to make everything as easily configurable as possible, but it does require a little bit of work on your own. All of the settings are located in S00custom-options, which is included in the zipfile of every release. Open it in a text editor and peruse your options. If you need help there is a forum link at the bottom of the page. If you are a power user then you’ll be able to harness your Linux skills and fly off into the world of homebrew, wondering why you delayed any longer than you did.

I am putting out an official release, after much fiddling and patching. Its fairly well tested and everything is working fine for me, YMMV like usual. Its based off the latest official 1.02.21 firmware and is quite good IMHO.

This firmware is being released along with the launch of the WDLXTV.com community. WDLXTV.com contains a homebrew forum, direct download servers, main release page, and subversion repo for development. Yes, wdlxtv is growing up. :)

The forum is organized like such:

I’d like all of you to go there and sign up, then join the forums and get things going :D

Now on to what you really want ;)

0.4.2.0
* updated to official fw 1.02.21!!!
* official Movie Sheet release, includes titi's wall & sheet templates
* included Xmodpt's coolsmile irc & filemanager webend mods
* UMSP customization (/conf/umsp.php for custom Media-Items)
* updated derlinuxers webplugin scripts; add system&plugin daemon status & start/stop
* domain wide auth to protect web services
* updated nzbget to 0.7.0-r380 & nzbgetweb to 1.4-t7
* included unpackfs-0.0.6
* included subversion-1.6.9-r901367
* included ImageMagic-6.6.1-4
* changed nzbget default DestDir from /boot -> /tmp (must change before using!!!)
* fixed options mess up in crazymount preventing osd/app mounting
* all irc settings are persistent
* fixed passworded Samba shares & 1.02.21
* fixed load.webplugin for UMSP/Deluge/nzbgetweb/etc
* added link target to webend links for new tab / no js
* fixed .rootFS loading
* update webend css to make left column wider
* corrected S00custom-options with movie sheet types & Samba protection
* fixed custom villa_bg.jpg and screen_saver.png
* patched crazymount to fix .addMounts functionality
* fixed typo's in several osd files
* increased php UploadMaxFileSize to 4M
* lots&lots of random script maintenance & optimizations
* even more logging (bug report included in webend)
*** BUGS:
* no thumbs in first two levels of local folders view

yes, thats a ton!! :o
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Internet firmware update for Moviesheets in wdlxtv-live

Hello everyone. I’d just like to announce that after weeks of successful testing with the help of my beta testing crew, movie sheets are ready to go for WDLXTV-Live!!! I have activated the auto-update feature, that is one of my many unnanounced/hidden/forgotten about features, and pulled the moviesheet update directly into your firmware. :D

Yes, this means that you now have moviesheet capability built in to your WDTV Live. You have access to the same three views from my previous video: full screen ‘std’ mode, ‘sheet’ mode, and ‘wall’ mode.
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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

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WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.5.8

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.

I’ve finally found the time time make a new WDLXTV release, now based on WD TV firwmare 1.03.01. There have bee a lot of changes since the last published release, mostly background tweaks/bugfixes/enhancements.

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
* now based on firmware 1.03.01!!!
* persistent video resuming enabled if empty file called: video_resume_table exists at root of device at boot
* WDLXTV can disable all 'WDLXTV' features (config_tool -c WDLXTV=OFF)
* crazymount can be disabled (config_tool -c CRAZYMOUNT=OFF)
* crazymount can be set to load apps ONLY (config_tool -c CRAZYMOUNT=APPSONLY)
* Optical drivers can be disabled (config_tool -c DISABLEOPTICAL=YES)
* rc startup scripts can be disabled (config_tool -c RC=OFF)
* list.watch can be disabled (config_tool -c LISTWATCH=OFF)
* mount.watch can be disabled (config_tool -c MOUNTWATCH=OFF)
* plug.watch can be disabled (config_tool -c PLUGWATCH=OFF)
* NTP can be delayed (for possible NTP+remote fix] (config_tool -c NTP_DELAY=10)
* net.mounts execution can be delayed [possible sluggish remote fix] (config_tool -c NET_MOUNTS_DELAY=10)
* all this disabling is untested & experimental!!!!!!!!

0.5.7.2
* disable NTP to fix (maybe) sluggish remote & video resume issues (from ssh/telnet console: config_tool -c NTP=OFF)

0.5.7.1
* re-enabled screen_saver.png
* added missing icons & xml from official FW1.02.11
* rewrote mount.watch
**** removed active device polling/activity -- no disk activity
**** redesigned .addMounts background implementation
**** accomodate devices with no UUID better
* disable .addMounts for a directory (for app.bins) by non-destructively adding entry to /conf/config:IGNORE_SCANDIR
* list.watch monitors /conf/config for changes before acting
* small patches to xmount, crazymount, & plug.watch
* /conf/fstab now available, by UUID only
* crazyboot & plug.watch respect fstab
* users are enabled (experimental)

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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. :-)

0.5.7
* Now based on firmware 1.02.11
* includes Steve.JC's patched mount.watch (untested!!)

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WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.5.6.1

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.02.10 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.

I spent a lot of time on this release, adding many optimizations & enhancements sure to please…most important enhancements?

  • I studied the boot process and was able to trim 25+ seconds off the boot time!
  • its now possible to see network shares in the ‘all videos’ section when media library is enabled!

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

0.5.6.1
* app.bins are disabled during upgrade process (aka no rcS's are executed)

0.5.6
* shaved 25s+ off boot time!!! :-D
* rearranged boot cycle
* rewrote device mounting subsystem
* sane-ified crazyboot
* better hub support
* all media files can now show up in various media library enabled areas :-D
*** requires file called .addMounts on root of device you'd like extra mounts contained ***
*** cycle media library off&on to rescan files ***
* LaurentG's asstd patches
* added 15 thumb view to music/photo (default=10 - refer to S00custom-options to change to 15)
* ability to relocate/have persistent (+++fast) thumbnail database on a device
*** requires directory named .thumbDB on root of attached device ***
* 24 loopback devices
* check S00custom-options for setting to permanently set timezone
* few other minor things maybe
**** download updated nfs.app.bin-0.2 ****

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WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.5.5

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.02.10 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.

I’m back from a long vacation in Africa and finally caught up with things. Theres some good changes included in this version :-D

0.5.5
* based on firmware 1.02.10
* fixed (finally) optical drive functionality
* USB Hub support for more than one device per slot
* LaurentG's mount.watch to allow disabling of Media Library :-)
* LaurentG's additional thumb browse views
* LaurentG's other assorted patches
* changed selector of thumb views (look at S00custom-options for examples)
* 32 (real) loopback devices now (thx disco)
* techflaws corrected deutsch translation
* NFS & pure-ftp server removed due to size constraints

Thanks to LaurentG for providing some patches and mods and thanks to techflaws for the corrected Deutsch translation. 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.

NOTE:

Western Digital’s official firmwares are growing in size considerably lately, coming within 800KB of filling the entire flash possible. This means that there is a lot less room for me to play around with now…so unfortunately NFS modules and the pure-ftp server got cut, but don’t worry, I’ve made app.bin packs for both. If you desire the ftp server or you use NFS shares then you’ll just need to browse to the app section and download the new packs. I’ve linked to them directly on the main WDLXTV page.

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WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.5.3.2

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.02.07 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.

Large changelog with lots of good features this time around:-D

0.5.3.2
* OSD tweaks
* changed now playing view format
* added selectable 4, 6, 8 item list view (default=8) (via shell: config_tool -c THUMBNUM=X)
* added selectable 4, 8, 12 thumb browse view (default=12) (via shell: config_tool -c LISTNUM=X)
* increased font size of title to 32 in thumb view
* removed 2 unused binaries
* updated build scripts to dynamically generate all version info
* sample S00custom-options provided

0.5.3.1
* fixed crazymount typo preventing app.bin's from loading

0.5.3
* fixed osd mounting typo in crazymount
* cleaned up symlink'd dirs
* removed plug.watch (deprecated with [un]official ext2/3 support)
* added Rezmus's additional font sizes OSD tweak
* fixed S00custom-option execution
* chmod 700'd /root
* fixed timezone functionality
* increased loopback devices from 8 -> 24
* option to prevent device connected at boot from spinning down on power off (if device contains file called .keepalive it will not be spun down)

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WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.5.2

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.02.07 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.

0.5.2
* based on firmware 1.02.07, ext2/ext3 filesystem support is official!!!
* more md5sums added for corruption checking
* a single startup script can be placed in /conf, called S00user-script
   * syntax errors in S00user-script will prevent your
     osd from booting, be careful!
* crazymounts wait is now user extendable, default = 10 seconds
   * if /conf/crazymount.wait exists and contains a single integer,
     delay will be extended (useful for drives that are slow to settle)

0.5.1
* emergency flash upgrade/freeze recovery now added
   * requires a full firmware image called emergency-wdtv.bin and
     a file called emergency-flash on the root of a device at boot
* Custom background and screen saver images can be supplied at boot
   * requires welcome_background_bg.jpg (maxsize=524288) or
     screen_saver.png to exist on a device attached at boot
   * original screen_saver & welcome_background are supplied,
     in case you desire them.
* A custom startup script can be supplied to
  enable/disable/whatever at boot
   * requires a script called S00custom-options on the root
     of a device attached at boot
* OSD overlays must be named as follows:

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