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post #1 of 3 Old 07-24-2010, 06:40 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi all. Now that HD-DVD is pseudo-dead I am willing to risk my HD-A2 in hopes to maybe delve a bit deeper into my HD-A2.

I have read around that apparently the OS is simply Linux, and the machine is basically a Pentium 4 2800 with a hardware decoding chip that is actually supported by Linux and MPlayer. And it also has ethernet and several USB ports.. it got me thinking this would be a great little network media player booted off a USB stick, if only I could hack it...

Has anyone successfully hacked / moddded this device to get access to the OS? I guess the first step is to get a working RS-232 header, but I am new at this and can't figure out which headers on the motherboard would be likely candidates...

Does anyone have experience with this that could give me some pointers? I have already taken the device apart. Here are some photos of the motherboard I found online...

http://www.cstone.net/~dk/A2-1.jpg
http://www.cstone.net/~dk/A2-2.jpg
http://www.cstone.net/~dk/A2-3.jpg
http://www.cstone.net/~dk/pcbback.jpg
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I would imagine you would need the SDK from whomever the hardware manufacturer is for the hardware decoders, and access to the OS drivers, both of which are very likely wrapped to tight in security (encrypted) that what you are asking for would require knowledge only those who developed the device would posess.

Do yourself a favor-buy a Dune Base/Prime 3.0, pickup AnyDVD, rip your BD's/HDDVD's, remux your HDDVD rips to either mkv or BD with something like tsMuxeR and enjoy yourself.
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Any progress with customizing a Linux installation on the HD A2?
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