LimHD200i

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DISCLAIMER! This is not supported by Tomacro, and CAN brick/destroy your expensive equipment and I can not be held responsible for any damage. This guide should not be read by anyone.


My Eventual goal is that I want to be able to play my legally bought DVDs.


If you get the latest firmware file from Tomacro, for example [[1]] and unrar it. You should see something like:

-rw-rw-r-- 1 lundman lundman   861184 Jul  4 20:28 bak.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 lundman lundman    58128 Jul  3 10:18 boot.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 lundman lundman 13542400 Sep  6 10:49 update.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 lundman lundman    65536 Jun 28 10:28 userpref.bin


The most interesting file is update.bin. If you do a quick hexdump -C on it you will soon notice that it is in romfs format.

# hexdump -C update.bin |head -3
00000000  2d 72 6f 6d 31 66 73 2d  00 ce a3 c0 a2 f9 ad e0  |-rom1fs-........|
00000010  6d 61 6d 62 6f 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |mambo...........|
00000020  00 00 00 49 00 00 00 20  00 00 00 00 d1 ff ff 97  |...I... ........|


If you have access to a Linux box you can mount it. (I do not, but colleague created a virtual-node for me).

# mount -o loop -t romfs update/bin /mnt
# ls -l /mnt/
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 bin
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1385048 Jan  1  1970 bitmap.bin
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 curacao
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 dev
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2018068 Jan  1  1970 em8xxx.o
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 etc
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    5288 Jan  1  1970 gpio_int.o
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 home
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  177728 Jan  1  1970 irqhandler.bin
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 lib
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1112711 Jan  1  1970 linux.bin.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   33986 Jan  1  1970 llad.o
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 mnt
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 opt
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 proc
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 root
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 sbin
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 tmp
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 usr
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root      32 Jan  1  1970 var
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   31156 Jan  1  1970 vsyncparam.bin


romfs is always mounted read-only, so you can not edit /mnt. Simply rsync it somewhere else and start your changes.

# rsync -arv /mnt ~/limtest/


I compiled dropbear [[2]] SSH server for arm-elf, but unfortunately it does not start. Most likely due to the very poorly populated /dev/ directory. (There are no tty*/pty* etc). Read about telnetd instead.

So I wrote my own very raw program that listens for connections, and spawns requested program, like /bin/sh. [[3]] Without terminal support. At least then I can find out why dropbear does not start. [Which I did, read about telnetd instead.]


Re-creating the firmware. You need to get genromfs and issue a command like:

# ~/genromfs-0.5.2/genromfs -f ~/test.bin -d ~/limtest/mnt/ -V mambo
# ls -l test.bin
-rw-rw-r-- 1 lundman lundman 13542400 Sep  6 10:49 test.bin

Rename it to update.bin, copy it to your LimHD200i's HD1, or USB, in a subdirectory called update and try it out. Setup menu, Update App item.

Will it work, I'll find out tonight...


Ok my shell does work fine, but also found out that telnetd work well, that comes with it and requires minimal changes. I would suggest then:

telnetd might be in /sbin or /usr/sbin. If it is there, just use it, otherwise you may need to make a symlink.

# cd mnt/etc/init.d/
# vi S30network
insmod gpio_int.o

/usr/sbin/telnetd &

cd /curacao
./curacao /mnt /dev/ir

And pack up your firmware and flash it. root has no password, so log right in.

# telnet 192.168.11.16
Trying 192.168.11.16...
Connected to limhd200i.
Escape character is '^]'.

uclibc login: root


uclibc[/root]# uname -a
Linux uclibc 2.4.22-em86xx-uc0-sigma #2 �� 8�� 7 14:59:04 HKT 2007 armv4l unknown
uclibc[/root]# 



Inside the LimHD200i

The HD1 is mounted read-only, so from a default setup there is not much point in compiling smbd, nfsd or ftpd, since you will not be able to modify the HDD.

/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1   298.1G    260.4G     37.7G  87% /mnt/HD1

/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1 on /mnt/HD1 type ntfs (ro,noatime,nodiratime,uid=0,gid=0,fmask=0177,dmask=077,nls=utf8,errors=continue,mft_zone_multiplier=1)

USB DVD drive looks like;

/dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/cd  3266902   3266902         0 100% /mnt/USB1


Fuse

Work with Fuse

Work with DVDCSS

Work with ext2

Work with nfsd

Work with smbd

Building a new Firmware

Binary Downloads and other tools.