Sunday, September 26, 2010
This is a Step-By-Step video guide for noobs on how to flash your WDTV with custom firmware. All of the software used is free and legal. I have put together a very well organized .zip file to go with this instructional video to make it as easy as possible. This Zip file includes EVERYTHING you will need to upgrade your WDTV (1st or 2nd generation) to B-Rad's custom firmware.
First you need to know if you have a 1st or 2nd generation unit. Read this post to figure it out:
What WDTV Do I Have?
Before you begin, you will need to download the appropriate zip file.
Here are the download links for both:
IF YOU HAVE A 1ST GENERATION UNIT, DOWNLOAD FROM HERE:
Download -> WDTV Gen 1 Software Pack
IF YOU HAVE A 2ND GENERATION UNIT, DOWNLOAD FROM HERE:
Download -> WDTV Gen 2 Software Pack
There is one difference when using the software pack for Generation 2, (other than different file names for some things), Ignore STEP 4 on the video, I already took care of it for you :)...
If you download the files, go through the video, and have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in here. I will do my best to respond to questions.
Now that you have your fancy new custom firmware installed, some of you may be asking, "What Next?" To that I ask... Have you ever been annoyed by the fact that your WDTV only has TWO usb ports? I sure have... One very easy to implement feature of your new firmware is its support for USB Hubs. I have a short, easy to read tutorial that talks about how to add one to your system so that you can plug in up to 8! total devices.
>>View the Next Tutorial - How to Add a USB Hub to Your WDTV.>>
If You Need to Revert to Factory Firmware, Read This: Restore Factory Firmware
------DISCLAIMER--------- i.e. the fine print :)
This is for either a FIRST GENERATION WDTV or a SECOND GENERATION WDTV (depending on which pack you are downloading). Not a WDTV Live or a WDTV Mini.
What we are doing today is upgrading the "firmware" on your WDTV box. Firmware is like semi-permanent software that runs or operates your hardware. Most electronic devices have firmware. Firmware can be used for different things, in the case of the WDTV, it is essentially the operating system for the device and the on-screen display. Whenever you upgrade or change the firmware of a device, your risk destroying the device. This is because firmware is stored on in a special "read-only" type of memory in the device. Whereas you can easily install and uninstall "soft"ware, firmware is a bit tougher to change. The process of installing new firmware to a device is called "flashing." What you need to know is that if you screw it up while it is installing or otherwise, it could make your device not work, in which case you have a nice looking paperweight. Suffice to say, it is always a bit nerve racking the first time you do a firmware upgrade on a device. However, if you are careful, you shouldn't have a problem. I have flashed the firmware on my device probably upwards of 20 times now without incident. As a final note, if everything works correctly, the process is reversible in that I have included a legitimate Western Digital firmware and instructions on how to "flash it back" to that.
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