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#1 was_jaclaz

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 05:25 PM

So:
  • A friend of mine just bought a TV set. <- nothing unusual
  • This particular TV set is strangely "slow", i.e. when you press the power on button it takes some time before switching on, with a blue led pulsing for some time before the image appears. <- again, nothing too unusual
  • The TV set has a USB port and a Serial one <- this starts to be unusual :thumbup:
  • The USB port does seemingly nothing useful and cannot be selected as input <- this is not only unusual, it is also suspect :thumbup:

A quick search revealed that there are strange ways (somehow a cross between a service manual and voodoo :smart: ) to actually enable that USB port:
http://www.avforums....-lh-series.html


The revelation is (and that explains also why the initial switch-on lag :whistling: ) that this thingy actually BOOTS a Linux OS :cheers::
http://www.avforums....-thread-35.html
http://www.hwupgrade...p;postcount=364

My friend's TV is a LG, but Samsung appear to work the same (and is also MUCH more/better documented :thumbsup: ):
http://lwn.net/Articles/364216/
http://lwn.net/Articles/361445/
http://samygo.sourceforge.net/


Of course I simply NEED to hack into the damn thingy, for no apparent reason (actually there is a reason, there are "priorities" in the DTV settings which are a nuisance), but I do fear the implications (philosophical ones, not practical ones). :cheers:

A TV set that boots an OS may also be acceptable :cheers:, but what will be next?

An "intelligent" powerdrill?
A "smart" toothbrush?
A §@ç#ing coffe machine that will pretend to know more than I do :thumbup: about how to make coffee?

:thumbup:


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Posted 05 December 2009 - 05:49 PM

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:thumbsup:

seriously, making a liveos build which is compatible with the TV would increase the flexibility which users likes a lot.

Personally, I have a small TV which i mostly do not watch :whistling:

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:56 AM

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lol! :thumbsup: Maybe just Maybe.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 07:53 PM

Of course I simply NEED to hack into the damn thingy, for no apparent reason (actually there is a reason, there are "priorities" in the DTV settings which are a nuisance), but I do fear the implications (philosophical ones, not practical ones). :hmm:


I have a principle that has saved me really much much much money: "never ever, for no absolutely reason and with no way touch a pricey device" , not just to satisfy my native curiosity. That's the existence reason of DIY stuff whether is bootdisks or electronic cirquits: playing, learning, digging, experimenting, creating, trying, having fun. Moreover, you 'd better fear the cost of service when the service guys find out that you have "tweak" it and cancel the guarrantee. :whistling:

Personally, I have a small TV which i mostly do not watch

I totally agree with you. :thumbsup: Turn this fear-machine off.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 08:25 PM

I have a principle that has saved me really much much much money: "never ever, for no absolutely reason and with no way touch a pricey device" , not just to satisfy my native curiosity. That's the existence reason of DIY stuff whether is bootdisks or electronic cirquits: playing, learning, digging, experimenting, creating, trying, having fun. Moreover, you 'd better fear the cost of service when the service guys find out that you have "tweak" it and cancel the guarrantee. :hmm:


You apparently missed a point. :whistling:

The TV is my friend's one. :thumbsup:

B)

B)

:lol:

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