Archive for April, 2009

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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WDTV firmware: 1.02.06_DVDMOD-0.4.3

DVDMOD is a custom firmware I made for the Western Digital WDTV to enable optical drive usage. I have remixed all official firmware releases and added optical drive support via cd-manager. Yes, this means you can boot with a usb dvd drive connected and play from it on your WDTV. 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. DVDMOD also enables you to use ext2/ext3/reiserFS/xfs drives with your WDTV.

This firmware is flashed to your WDTV like the updates that have come from Western Digital, unlike Zoranders ext3-boot firmware that is available from the WDTV HD player unofficial firmware wiki. Whereas ext3-boot is for pros (sorta) this ones for joes.

My time is finite folks, got to this when I could ;)

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WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.5

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.02.06 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
* based on firmware 1.02.06

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Server maintenance & news

Sorry for the downtime today…I migrated to a new server and didn’t notice a few snags, but everythings back up & should be much faster now…theres even 2 new firmware versions to play with.

In other related news I’ve gone through the site and updated links to all old versions of my firmwares. This means that if a specific version worked best for you, or if the latest version has a bug or two, then you can easily go back to a previous version. This also allows endusers out there (like you!) to help me debug things. If you notice a bug pop up, and believe it was not there in an earlier version, then determine where&when your bug was not there and post this information at wdtvforum. With your help I can eliminate any stray bugs from WDLXTV and DVDMOD.

–b-rad

WDTV firmware: 1.02.04_DVDMOD-0.4.2.1

DVDMOD is a custom firmware I made for the Western Digital WDTV to enable optical drive usage. I have remixed all official firmware releases and added optical drive support via cd-manager. Yes, this means you can boot with a usb dvd drive connected and play from it on your WDTV. 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. DVDMOD also enables you to use ext2/ext3/reiserFS/xfs drives with your WDTV.

This firmware is flashed to your WDTV like the updates that have come from Western Digital, unlike Zoranders ext3-boot firmware that is available from WDTV HD player unofficial firmware wiki. Whereas ext3-boot is for pros (sorta) this ones for joes.

Yes, yes, I heard ;)

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WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.4.4

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.02.04 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.

0.4.4
* based on firmware 1.02.04

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WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.4.3.2 — Fixed Link

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.02.03 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.

Some errors creeped into 0.4.3.1, sorry about that, this maintenance release fixes them. Thank you to the people who pointed them out.

Seems I might have not zipped the release before I uploaded it, meaning not all the updates were contained. The zip has been fixed.

Ok, several people have pointed out that the upgrade is not being detected. I accidentally changed the version’ing scheme I used somehow. You can fix it easily using the method JT points out in his comment below.

It has been fixed in the version thats up now, so there should be no issue. Sorry about the bugs in 0.4.X so far, they’ve been mostly cosmetic at least.

0.4.3.2
* added more logging
* fixed typo in hotplugging script
* ext2/ext3/NFS/CIFS/XFS/reiserFS mounting fixed (for real this time).

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WDTV firmware: 1.02.03_DVDMOD-0.4.2

DVDMOD is a custom firmware I made for the Western Digital WDTV. I have remixed both official firmware releases and added optical drive 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. DVDMOD also enables you to use ext2/ext3/reiserFS/xfs drives with your WDTV.

This firmware is flashed to your WDTV like the updates that have come from Western Digital, unlike Zoranders ext3-boot firmware that is available from WDTV HD player unofficial firmware wiki. Whereas ext3-boot is for pros (sorta) this ones for joes.

This is a maintenance release to solve buggy issues with the 1.02.00 firmware. 1.02.03_DVDMOD-0.4.2 is a highly recommended update for users of 1.02.00-DVDMOD. The sluggy OSD issues, that weren’t my doing, have been fixed.

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WDTV Optware tips #5: wtorrent – webgui for rtorrent

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Yes, I’ve finally gotten around to part 3 of 3 in my rtorrent with wtorrent tutorial. Wtorrent is an excellent webui for rtorrent and after this tutorial you’ll be able to manage rtorrent from the web…forward a port and you can even connect to your wdtv from the internet to queue up torrents!

In order to take advantage of this tutorial you must either be running WDLXTV or Zoranders ext3-boot. You must also have my Optware for WDTV package installed, that stuff is covered elsewhere. I’ll be including every necessary step here, so you might be able to skip around if you already have some of this done.

This writeup presumes that you have already executed the steps from part 1 and part 2. If you haven’t done them yet, then get over and complete them first!
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WDLXTV – enhanced WDTV firmware 0.4.3.1

WDLXTV is a souped up unofficial firmware for the Western Digital WDTV. It is based off the 1.02.03 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.

Hot of the press, again.

0.4.3.1
* NFS/CIFS/XFS/reiserFS mounting fixed.

0.4.3
* now based on 1.02.03 !!
* screen_saver shrunken for size

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