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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all,

I want open separate thread only about


+ open source firmware modifications

+ firmware compiling issues

+ unofficial firmware develepment talk


and all about unofficial firmware develepment


The Main thread is place where people talking cross over a lot of topics /upgrade issues/remuxing/etc...

this is the key reason why I want open this thread.



I hope this will help to people from WD/and another

open source firmware developers share own knowledge more efficient



If you need to know somethink about WDTV you should go to this thread New* Western Digital - WD TV HD Media Player


BUGS reports for official firmware

you can post here.... http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1100499



NEW WDTV Developers WIKI

old location not updated from 28.march 2009 is here and currently is down
 

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I want open discussion about networking support in firmware

Wifi/Wire usbnet card. Who have interest about this feature

later streaming support from PC/VLC or IPTV like SettopBox with

saving stream for later playback from HDD on 2nd USB port.


My idea is recompile kernel with usbnet.ko support

bind IP address and implement dropbear(stage1)


later if IP connectivity will be stable use some vlc/mplayer

software for ip-stream saving on HDD(stage2)


if everything will go fine (I am not sure yet) install

everything to gui depends on accesibility gui sources.
 

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Originally Posted by [email protected] /forum/post/15382347


The current firmware can't be edited. Or am i wrong?


I thought that the current GPL code isn't complete, so you can't modify it and use it on your own box.


current sources from WDC are not complette.that's true


but its out firmware 1.01.01 and this is cRFOMfs with

md5 checksum at start


this part is possible uncompress and change

( configs,artwork )

but if you want change kernel you can try compile own

from scratch or try update cROMfs but

there is (I am not sure version check for modules/Libraries) curently not tested
 

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It's unlike that you'll be able to compile your own kernel.


You'd need to be able to recompile this, which appears to be the main driver for the Sigma SMP8635LF


As the license is "propreitary", I doubt you'd get the source code, even if they do actually manage to release *some kind* of sensible source code package. (What they've released so far is frankly a mess, I can't believe that they appear to have just thrown some random compiler in and called this the "toolchain").


[email protected]:/mnt/lib/modules$ modinfo em8xxx.ko

filename: em8xxx.ko

license: Proprietary

author: Julien Soulier , Emmanuel Michon

description: rua kernel module for em8xxx chips

depends:

vermagic: 2.6.15-TvDock preempt MIPS32_R2 32BIT gcc-4.0

parm: major:Sets the major number (i)


I have no idea what the following kernel modules are either, google doesn't provide many useful hits, but they also appear to be important and would need to be recompiled.


[email protected]:/mnt/lib/modules$ modinfo proc_pipe.ko

filename: proc_pipe.ko

license: Dual BSD/GPL

author: Joshua Lee

depends:

vermagic: 2.6.15-alpha preempt MIPS32_R2 32BIT gcc-4.0

[email protected]:/mnt/lib/modules$ modinfo llad.ko

filename: llad.ko

license: LGPL

author: Mambo standalone team

description: llad kernel module for standalone configuration

depends:

vermagic: 2.6.15-TvDock preempt MIPS32_R2 32BIT gcc-4.0

parm: max_dmapool_memory_size:Sets the maximum amount of memory shared by the all dmapools (i)

parm: max_dmabuffer_log2_size:Sets the dmapool buffers maximum size (ex: set 15 for 32kB) (i)

parm: major:Sets the major number (i)
 

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probably pointing objective probably fault

from someone

(person who give package on webpage dont know what's inside)


btw: in main thread give me a nice idea I will check

if exist device or project which is able emulate masstorage

device with compatible FS structure - its only idea

blind workaround way but better then nothing

I am waitting on WDC response about source code package

it will take long time during this x-mas/NewYear


my remark in GLPsource package isdokument

it's look like someone want to know what the must share

is under GPLv2 licence or dont need to share another licence
 

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Sigma Design writes non-GPL code and that is the reason you won't get a working kernel compile, and all the Sigma libraries are proprietary too so working players will be tough.


I think working on the cramfs is the place to start, for those who aren't afraid to brick a machine by flashing this into an mtd. proc_pipe.ko might be what glues MediaLogic DMARender and PICRender together.


Martin
 

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My first post about the WD Media Player. I hope it belongs here. If not, sorry.


Anyway, this latest firmware is supposed to " improve power management "


I don't see any improvement. They really don't say what the improvement was. One of my main issues is that the Player doesn't really power down all the way. My USB Drive Icon stays lit ( MY Passport ) and the drive continues to spin. This thing will wear out in no time!


Also, if you look, the Toslink is also active. You can see red light emitting from the Jack. I can't see how this Device ever left the Factory in this state.


The Player is something I want but it's not ready for prime time...no matter how cheap it is.
 

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I found some interesting facts

but I have to test somethink


firmware is same as in DLINK 520 or its derived from it

or same company is working on it.


network support possible
 

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I was seriously researching parts for an HTPC and came across this player. I thought I'd give it a try and wow! Very nice product in the price range. I am very satisfied with the product performance, especially with HD files. Thanks!


I updated the device to the latest firmware. Here are my observations:


- Like other people are saying, the device never really shuts down. It stays pretty warm even when it is powered off. I am glad its got 3 yrs warranty



- I noticed occasional random resets


- I liked the white colored subs for MKV files and how they show outside of the main picture (in the black area)


- I would like the remote button presses to be some more responsive


- Photo loads are pretty slow (my 8MP pictures take full 5s to load)


- I liked how audio continues to play even when you exit the Music page (like Windows MC)


Overall good product. I will continue to update here as I use the device further.
 

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Originally Posted by 3dxr /forum/post/15390049


I found some interesting facts

but I have to test somethink


firmware is same as in DLINK 520 or its derived from it

or same company is working on it.


network support possible

How do you know whether it is the same or similar ?
 

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Originally Posted by woverin /forum/post/15421533


How do you know whether it is the same or similar ?

It's very likely not the same, I'm assuming Medialogic is a sub-contracted software author and they have ported and updated an older Sigma mrua app for the ARM based EM862x to the MIPS SMP863x platform and have just reused some code that makes it look the same.


Martin
 

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Anybody have an idea how to make readable reference file to load on the hard drive that this thing might read? I'm talking about a manual or perhaps "shizzon"s res' and ref' chart. Something that would be more navigable than just a jpg image?
 

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Originally Posted by piecutter /forum/post/15432373


Unknown. It's a week old and not public.

No, it's not!


v1.01 created on 12/22/2008

v1.02 created on 12/24/2008


Without the proper release note, I won't touch that v1.02 firmware.
 

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It's now public. Release note is included with the previous release note link. Only change is resolved problem with 500gb or larger drives not updating firmware.
 
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