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Postby rvanmil » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:18 am

hello folks!
I have 2 WDLive Play (Gen 3) SMP's which have wdlxtv latest firmware. I've had one for a bout six months and just recently bought another for upstairs so I don't have to keep moving it around.
works well, but a few questions I have:

1. Booting up with my external drive attached (to the front USB port) causes the modified firmware not to load (i.e. boots stock firmware). I suspect this is because if the external drive is attached it tries to read the modified firmware from that instead of the USB thumbdrive. Since it can't find it on the external drive, it doesn't load the modified firmware. What I'm wondering is why it won't read it from the thumbdrive? is it a matter of setting the thumbdrive to be the priority boot disk somehow? I've gotten around this by ensuring the external hard drive is not connected when booting up and then connecting after full boot is complete, but I'd rather not have to do that (I'd like to keep it connected all the time).

2. When one of the units ( the newer one) is unused for a while (like overnight), the OS freezes up and the only thing that can be done is pull the plug and reboot. Is this normal? The other of my 2 units used to do that too and then hasn't in the last while.

thanks everyone for your help in advance! this forum has been immensely useful to me and I appreciate everyone's time!
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Re: Booting up with external hard drive   

Postby rvanmil » Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:07 am

bump
any thoughts for me?
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Re: Booting up with external hard drive   

Postby JoeySmyth » Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:37 pm

why not copy the boot files from the USB thumbdrive and put them on the USB external hard drive ?

and if that works ... then you can remove the USB thumbdrive and free-up a USB port

regarding question 2 ... no idea sorry, i switch my wdtv off when i'm finished using it (ie. it is not powered on overnight)
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Re: Booting up with external hard drive   

Postby rvanmil » Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:45 am

thanks for the reply Joey!
I did think of that, but the external drive is too large to be formatted FAT32 which is required for the WDLX firmware.
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Re: Booting up with external hard drive   

Postby JoeySmyth » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:26 pm

oops ... you're correct

well i just tested. 1.01.30-EXT3_Liverpool_Plus-0.1.4 (i have the 2014 WDTV Media Player)

2GB (FAT32) Kingston Flashdrive plugged into the REAR USB

1TB WD Elements SE HDD (NTFS) plugged into the FRONT USB

both plugged in at the same time from booting

works fine .... Custom Firmware successfully boots (from the 2GB Kingston) without problem :D
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Re: Booting up with external hard drive   

Postby rvanmil » Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:08 am

hmm that's interesting. not sure what's different about my setup, then.
maybe I'll have to try again...

is there some way to set primary and slave designations to the drives, though? I seem to remember doing that on a PC eons ago...
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Re: Booting up with external hard drive   

Postby JoeySmyth » Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:41 pm

dunno :roll: maybe try a different Flashdrive ?

i really don't think it's possible to designate the boot sequence ... the wdtv is not a PC

ps. it's a bit odd that this problem only seems to be affecting your setup (personally, i haven't seen any other people posting this problem)
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Re: Booting up with external hard drive   

Postby rvanmil » Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:24 pm

Ok I just tried it again and I see that it IS loading the custom firmware, just not the theme.
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Re: Booting up with external hard drive   

Postby JoeySmyth » Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:48 pm

good one :? ... that's a completely different problem then

try reading the ChangeLog.txt

eg.

Version History
v 0.1.4
* add firmware package for new WDTV Media Player code name Liverpool
* fix perl interpreter
* add linksheets.pl
* update WEC with linksheets options
* add mount.watch and update wdlxtv.watch
* update S10theme, support for .theme , .myosdmod.theme, .myosdmod.theme.linksheets
* .theme or other themes can be located on any attached drive and show up under appearances (".theme" will be titled "forced")

or if your only using ONE theme ... then upload it in the usual manner
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