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How about a sticky introduction thread?

(MOD - Here ya go!)  ;)

With some beginners info like the following.




http://wiki.wdtv.org/ (custom)
http://wdtv.wetpaint.com/ (general, also custom)


http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=446.0 (WDLXTV)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=453.0 (ext3-boot)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=964.0 (root.bin)


http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=1039.0 (Enhancing OSD MOD)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=745.0 (Theme tutorial)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=668.0 (Juliojs theme & enhanced)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=646.0 (Prototype preview)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=889.0 (Prototype preview)


http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=1087.0 (Apple Trailers)
http://wiki.wdtv.org/doku.php?id=wdtv_web_interface (Webserver)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=1667.0 (Webserver addons, Clock, RSS, Weather, movie info, etc.)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=824.0 (Remote control)
http://b-rad.cc/wdlxtv-app-packs (More application packs)
http://b-rad.cc/wdtv-optware-tips (Linux applications through optware)


http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=982.0 (Event-osd, detect path to allow dynamic OSD)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=1001.0 (Eiri: A Command Line and Network Interface to the IR Port)
http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?topic=930.0 (DMA OSD XML Reference)



Just a quick list of what is out there at the moment. Sorry if I forgot anyone. These were the ones that first came to mind and I don't have time to list them all. :-)

Nice work redindian!!!

This sticky is one of the best things for us non-programmers.  Thanks for creating it.

It would be greatly appreciated if someone could add a guide that includes the telnet commands and ftp commands that will get us to the folders that are referred to in some of the apps.  Speaking for myself, I am struggling to figure out how to navigate. 

Something else that would be usefull, would be some debugging tips (again using telnet or whatever) that will point us in the right direction when something doesn't work.


For FTP you can use any FTP program. Connect to 'wdtv' or the ip of the wdtv. Use 'root' for the username and no password.

For telnet use either the built in telnet application in windows:

- Start, Run, type 'telnet wdtv', enter
- Login with 'root' and no password

Or you can download putty which is a very good free telnet program
- Again, connect to wdtv (or the ip of the wdtv) and login with 'root' and no password

You then have root access to your wdtv under Linux. Just search on google for a busybox quickstart, or any linux shell manual. Most command accept '--help' or '-?' for more information. If you are familiar with dos, 'cd dir' is the same and 'ls *.jpg' is similar to 'dir *.jpg'. And you can complete dir/file names with [tab].

There is loads of good information on the web. That is how I got and learned everything. Good luck!


--- Quote from: redindian on June 16, 2009, 11:20:25 PM ---For FTP you can use any FTP program. Connect to 'wdtv' or the ip of the wdtv. Use 'root' for the username and no password.

--- End quote ---

Oddly, I'm not having success with 'any' FTP client just one of the 3 FTP tools I use. 

Filezilla works for me, but neither FtpDrive and WinSCP are not making a connection to my WDTV despite me having had all 3 FTPs working with the FTP server on my Mediagate 450.  It's probably something I'm doing wrong but it's not obvious what, given that I seem to have demonstrated that I can configure the non-working tools with other devices so maybe I ought to know what I'm doing with the WDTV settings.....

Maybe someone could post their settings for FtpDrive and or WinSCP if they have got them working? Please. 

And post other FTP tools that work well.

I'd prefer to avoid FileZilla because it doesn't support a 'Move' file but forces me to FTP=copy and then delete manually - and when 'moving' a large number of files, it can be hard to keep track of what was successfully transferred.

Re telnet PuTTY works great as does the built in Telnet of Windows (you have to unhide it in Vista of course).  But PuTTY handles the text colouring and CURSES cursor movement better - I guess the terminal emulation is more complete.


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