Author Topic: The best custom firmware for WDTV G2  (Read 33256 times)

August 20, 2010, 09:56:37 PM
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pH03N1x

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Well, google was the best for my MCS7830 adapter related problem (i asked b-rad about moschip support, but he always deleted my messages from his page) - and i found the best custom firmware for G2. Check this page:

http://wdhd.ru/board/index.php?a=vtopic&t=1885

It is simply a gem: network support, ftp server, torrent client, web interface, webbased remote controller, etc etc.

Btw, do not afraid from the russian page, the firmware is english/russian, and default is english it seems.

Ah, it seems a new version is out right now, installation in progress ;)
« Last Edit: August 25, 2010, 09:00:43 AM by pH03N1x »

August 25, 2010, 08:19:05 PM
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blong579

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hey pH03N1x thanks for the post. im a noob with firmware for the wdtv gen 2. can you tell what the advantages of this firmware is over the OEM firmware. I dont really care about the looks but i was hoping to gain some extra functionality. i cant read Russian so the site didnt give me any help. ive quickly looked at some other firmwares for the wd tv gen 2 but those changes seem to be mostly cosmetic from what i can tell. thanks for any help

can you point to which link is to download the firmware, thanks
« Last Edit: August 25, 2010, 08:34:47 PM by blong579 »

August 27, 2010, 08:57:57 AM
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pH03N1x

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Biggest advantage is the network support, including a lot of usb based wireless/wired cards. You can play files over wifi/ethernet from samba/nfs shares, and it have a nice webserver for configuration (and it have ftp server, torrent client, etc - but i guess most of them is not needed for this little device), and it support external USB DVD drives too. Im using it primary for over ethernet high-res media playback from NFS share, and working fine.

The file which one im using, is one of these links: (try the mediafire.com imho)

http://depositfiles.com/files/6q1ofmhdy
http://www.fayloobmennik.net/108200
http://www.mediafire.com/file/ozkklwty55xcsb2/wdtv_g2_ext_osd_picto2_int_v17.zip


August 27, 2010, 10:41:44 AM
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blong579

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thanks, ive flashed with the firmware you linked to and it looks great but i must be missing something because i did not see any settings for a wireless device. i have a linksys wusb54g which ive seen it said has a chip of rt2500 i also have a xbox 360 wireless router. I would not mind buying a cheap usp wifi router if i can set it up to transfer movie files from my desktop to my wdtv. can somebody please point me to noob guide on how to set up and use wifi for the wdtv. thanks for the help and i have a wdtv gen2 (not a live).

August 27, 2010, 12:49:55 PM
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pH03N1x

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When it is using supported chipset (it seems that should work) then edit the supplied sys.config file, which is in the .wd_tv.boot. (you must copy the  whole .wd_tv.boot dir to the usb pen and edit on the pendrive). Simply set wireless mode, ssid and authentication/encryption. After you should get ip address from your wireless AP (guess you have dhcp server enabled on your AP), check your AP, looking for wireless or dhcp clients, and you can see the IP address of your WDTV, and simply use a browser with that IP address (eg. http://192.168.x.x) and you can make the other configs there easier. (including lan mounts, checking logs and so on)
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August 30, 2010, 12:12:46 PM
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I spent all day trying to get apple wired ethernet/usb adapter working on B-RAD 4.1.9-6 firmware but finally gave up and tried this. It works!
Shame, as I liked the B-RAD firmware, but this seems to have everything working out of the box for me!
I'm just about to try setting up a NFS share from my NAS now. Wish me luck!

August 31, 2010, 07:43:28 AM
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pH03N1x

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I spent all day trying to get apple wired ethernet/usb adapter working on B-RAD 4.1.9-6 firmware but finally gave up and tried this. It works!
Shame, as I liked the B-RAD firmware, but this seems to have everything working out of the box for me!
I'm just about to try setting up a NFS share from my NAS now. Wish me luck!


I did same way (first tried b-rad firmware), but i had very limited driver support and no webserver/etc function at all. NFS will work fine, simply configure it over the webinterface.

September 07, 2010, 11:32:54 AM
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Do you know the way to start my wireless adapter (AireLive WN-2000USB). On the official web thesr is information the chipset Ralink RT3070(MAC/BB/RF), but I am not to start them wuith this firmware. Do you know any solution to start this adapter together with WDTV gen2?

September 08, 2010, 08:55:00 AM
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Hi pH03N1x
i have a Dlink DNS-313 NAS with ext2 filesystem and samba server. I'd like to mount a map of NAS but i could'nt . Network is OK.  I changed the net.mount file but happened nothing. Can you (or sombody else) help me with a guide to mount a map. Thx in advance.

September 08, 2010, 07:29:23 PM
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pH03N1x,

have you tried using moviesheets?
Have you noticed any speed improvement compared to b-rad's firmware?

Thanks for sharing your find!
 

September 15, 2010, 06:40:55 PM
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mankidavu

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Looks nice.
Tested it.

It creates a dump of messages.txt on usb. Its great advantage for troubleshooting.
For wdtv (first version) we'd a logsaver application,which never worked in G2 version. So this looks neat.

Also,they claim usb DVD drives can be connected. Need time to test that. If these 2 items work perfectly,its great news for us.

I think other custom firmware develpers, sidelined G2, as by the time G2 models came, WDTV live became the hot item in town and everyone went with that.

So,we've good firmwares and applications for WDTV ver1 and Live. :)
hope someday,optware and other pending stuffs gets worked outfor G2.

October 23, 2010, 01:50:42 AM
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pH03N1x

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pH03N1x,

have you tried using moviesheets?
Have you noticed any speed improvement compared to b-rad's firmware?

No, moviesheets are out of my focus. Only speed improvment i noticed is with the JPEG images handling, it can display 12Mpix images far-far faster than the b-rad's firmware. (my parents watched over 1200 photos, and with b-rad's firmware it took almost a half day.... with this one it took less than a hour)

October 24, 2010, 04:26:14 AM
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When it is using supported chipset (it seems that should work) then edit the supplied sys.config file, which is in the .wd_tv.boot. (you must copy the  whole .wd_tv.boot dir to the usb pen and edit on the pendrive). Simply set wireless mode, ssid and authentication/encryption. After you should get ip address from your wireless AP (guess you have dhcp server enabled on your AP), check your AP, looking for wireless or dhcp clients, and you can see the IP address of your WDTV, and simply use a browser with that IP address (eg. http://192.168.x.x) and you can make the other configs there easier. (including lan mounts, checking logs and so on)

I flashed my WDTV with this, and it all seems to work, but I don't have a usb/wireless to plug in. Before I go out and buy one, where can I get a list - or how can I figure out - if it's supported?  THANKS. And, yes, I did look...

October 24, 2010, 09:00:26 AM
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Alukard

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It is written in readme WLAN
rt73.ko (v1.1.0.3) - чипы Ralink RT2571W, RT2573, RT2671 (802.11 a/b/g)
rt3070sta.ko (v2.3.0.4) - чипы Ralink RT3070, RT3071, RT3072, RT8070 (802.11 b/g/n)
rt3572sta.ko (v2.4.0.1) - чипы Ralink RT2770, RT2870, RT3572 (802.11 a/b/g/n)
r8187l.ko (v1039) - чип Realtek RTL8187L (802.11 a/b/g)
8712u.ko (V2.6.0006.20100625) - чипы Realtek RTL8188SU, RTL8191SU, RTL8192SU (802.11 b/g/n)
arusb_lnx.ko (v3.2.0.32) - чип Atheros Otus AR9170 (802.11 a/b/g/n)

LAN
asix.ko (kernel) - чипы ASIX AX88178, AX88172A, AX88772A (10/100/1000)
dm9601.ko (kernel) - чип Davicom DM9601 (10/100)
mcs7830.ko(kernel) - чипы MosChip 7830/7730 (10/100)
rtl8150.ko (kernel) - чип Realtek RTL8150 (10/100)
pegasus.ko (kernel)- чип ADMtek ADM85xx Pegasus II (10/100)
kaweth.ko (kernel) - чип KLSI KL5K (10)

October 26, 2010, 08:34:51 AM
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You guys seem quite lonely on the Gen2 forum. I dont have a gen2, but I'm sure I could convert content to its format and filesystem. If anyone is willing to test if it works and also help with checking code if it doesnt, I'm sure we could get something worked out.