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How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby b-rad.cc » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:19 pm

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Re: How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby awx » Thu May 13, 2010 9:44 am

@brad:
is this functionality supported by the stock firmware as well or do i have to flash wdlxtv first?
btw: the .rootFS folder will be created by the svn command ;)
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Re: How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby awx » Thu May 13, 2010 11:03 am

hmm...there must be something wrong. either your howto our my brain ;-)
i tried it with three different devices, but had NO success with booting .rootFS
how i understand it:

1. umount the device if it was mounted
2. format the device with i.e. mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1
3. mount the device with i.e. mount /dev/sdb1 /tmp/mountpoint_that_exists
4. change into that directory i.e. cd /tmp/mountpoint_that_exists
5. grab the svn stuff with "svn export https://svn.wdlxtv.com/svn/wdlxtv-live/trunk .rootFS"
6. check the created folder .rootFS
7. sync, unmount and reboot

and the result is - nothing! just the wd-logo for hours
i tried two (fast) usb sticks and one 2.5" usb 160GB harddisk
all work perfectly with root.bin
can you see where i'm wrong?
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EDIT: got it to work! flashed version 0.4.2.0 :evil:
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Re: How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby spidi » Sun May 16, 2010 11:43 am

works perfect,
but is there a possibility to update directly.
or can i only update when i unplug the harddisk and mount it later?

rtorrent works create by the way!!!

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Re: How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby b-rad.cc » Sun May 16, 2010 3:14 pm

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Re: How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby player_sct » Mon May 17, 2010 3:27 am

heh :) i'ts work :) thx b-rad for this :) now i have in /root much more space than 8-10 mb :)
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Re: How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby dopedangel » Wed May 19, 2010 12:10 am

I was wondering will this method solve my problem
Whenever I forget to turn of my external hard disk when I reboot it is selected instead of my 2gb flash drive as sda1.
or is their another way to force wdtv to select a particular drive to load root.bin
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Re: How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby b-rad.cc » Wed May 19, 2010 6:08 am

No theres not and there will never be ;) That'd just add excess time to the boot cycle and you can swap usb slots for your devices and figure out where /dev/sda1 is--it never changes
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Re: How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby dopedangel » Wed May 19, 2010 7:39 am

I tried using different slots but didn't matter if the drive was in the back slot or side slot it became sda1 instead of my flash drive.
Not really important now that I am using msheet ext plugin so don't need to reboot alot.
But to make it clear sda1 is decided by the usb slot and has nothing to do with what kind of harddrive it is?
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Re: How to boot wdlxtv directly from a flash device or hdd   

Postby nerve » Sun May 30, 2010 2:42 pm

Hi,
i followed all the instructions, but it continues to boot from flash instead from .rootFS....
Could it be because i use an usb disk with 2 different partitions? My ext3 partition is recognized as SDA5..
:(

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