I "Wooted" a Venturer player as well, as a backup for my HD-A2. It arrived a week after my order was accepted ("You have successfully Wooted!"), and it was shipped in its retail packaging: There was NO outside shipping box. The retail box did arrive without any damage, kudos to FedEx, but I bet it was slammed around plenty, so I had better test it before my return period is over.
I think this unit uses the same firmware upgrades as the Toshiba HD-A3. Can somebody confirm that would be the correct firmware upgrade. The manufacturing date is November 2007, so I expect the firmware is really old. Which version of the firmware would be the best? I have heard of issues with the various firmware revisions causing new problems, so I am interested in choosing a firmware revision that has the most stable playback. I am not interested in Internet. One last thing- can you revert the firmware revision on the Venturer. (I can't on my HD-A2, so firmware revisions must be approached with caution.