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SamyGO: replacing television firmware

SamyGO: replacing television firmware

Posted Nov 15, 2009 22:02 UTC (Sun) by jimparis (guest, #38647)
Parent article: SamyGO: replacing television firmware

I would love to replace the firmware on my Westinghouse TX-47F430S -- it has some crippling bugs, like enabling DPMS mode causes the TV to freeze and require a reboot. I found a firmware image for a similar TV and it is Linux-based, but there is no GPL notice or any source release. And they never responded to my requests. At least Samsung is using Linux legally...


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SamyGO: replacing television firmware

Posted Nov 15, 2009 22:37 UTC (Sun) by Trelane (subscriber, #56877) [Link]

SamyGO: replacing television firmware

Posted Nov 16, 2009 0:20 UTC (Mon) by jimparis (guest, #38647) [Link]

I found BusyBox in the image so I sent a letter to gpl@busybox.net. If anyone else is interested, look at:
http://207.38.27.164/firmware/SW/SusanII_v1.6.3.rar
Uncompress it, then starting at offset 2601216 in safe-kernel.img1 you'll find a ramdisk image that contains busybox. There's other stuff around too.

SamyGO: replacing television firmware

Posted Nov 16, 2009 9:08 UTC (Mon) by michaeljt (subscriber, #39183) [Link]

Will Samsung be asked nicely before people get out the sledge hammers? Nasty legal letters may not be the best way to engage their community enthusiasm.

SamyGO: replacing television firmware

Posted Nov 16, 2009 12:43 UTC (Mon) by wesmo (guest, #50706) [Link]

Don't the SFLC usually ask nicely first? Harald Welte previously had some discussions with Samsung System LSI - http://laforge.gnumonks.org/weblog/linux/samsung/index.html

SamyGO: replacing television firmware

Posted Nov 16, 2009 22:10 UTC (Mon) by jimparis (guest, #38647) [Link]

Just to be clear, this is Westinghouse with apparent violations, not Samsung.

SamyGO: replacing television firmware

Posted Nov 16, 2009 22:18 UTC (Mon) by michaeljt (subscriber, #39183) [Link]

Aaargh, sorry for not reading carefully enough.


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