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June 17, 2009

WDTV Tools Development VMware Image

Filed under: vmware — Tags: , , , , , , — Elmar Weber @ 15:44

I created a VMware image based on Debian Linux that already contains everything to get you started with development for the WDTV. The focus is on getting programs compiled, but you can also use it to create the filesystem images for your OSD mods and applications.

The image is hosted at SourceForge as RAR and ZIP file for your convenience. The VMware image extracts to about 900 MB, so make sure you have enough space available before extracting.

You can use the VM with a number of VMware products, the easiest way to use the VM is VMware Player. It also supports VMware Workstation >= 5.0 and VMware Server >=1.0. If you use Virtual Box or another virtualization solution it can probably import the VMware image.

The VM has no graphical UI because you need to do all the stuff in the command line anyway. You can either use the console directly in the VMware program or you can connect to the VM via SSH (for Windows I recommend PuTTY). The VMware’s IP address is shown before you login. The username is “wdtv” and the password “!develop” (both without “”). If a password is required anywhere it is the same (e.g. root, but you should use sudo).
If you work within the VMware, so this does not apply for SSH, the default keyboard layout is currently German, which means you will find the “!” above the one (”Shift + 1″).

The WDTV Tools Subversion repository is already integrated into the VMware, so you can fetch updates to the toolchain or kernel with ease. The mipsel C compiler for the WDTV is already in the path, the toolchain is located in the wdtv. directory.

A series of future tutorials that shows basic stuff like compiling new software for the WDTV and distributing it, will be based on this VMware.


  1. for VirtualBox users: Waiting for root file system..
    - create profile for Debian with ACPI support, import vmdk as virtual disk and delete other files from rar archive.
    In the profile settings you need to add SCSI(BusLogic) support and select the “SCSI Port 1″ as vmdk slot type.
    Alternative you can edit GRUB command line (at GRUB screen press ‘e’, select kernel line and press ‘e’ again) and change sda1 into hda1 and after login change the same into /boot/grub/menu.lst

    for All users: Keyboard Layout
    Default Keyboard is qwertz, for change it after login type:

    dpkg-reconfigure console-data

    Select “keymap from full list”, select you keyboard and after test it

    Comment by robbie85 — June 21, 2009 @ 10:43

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  3. the VMware image file does not show up for download on sourceforge. am i missing something?

    Comment by smurf — July 23, 2009 @ 07:08

  4. SourceForge recently has twiddled around with their file release system, I fixed the links. Thanks for for the hint.

    Comment by Elmar Weber — July 23, 2009 @ 14:29

  5. [...] written in the introductory article for the WDTV Tools VMware Image I’m writing a series of tutorials for it. The first tutorial is available at the WDTV Tools [...]

    Pingback by Page not found « WDTV Tools — August 28, 2009 @ 19:55

  6. I am not able to have the apt-get working
    only connection refused and other errors with this image. does anybody have the same problem?

    Comment by Florian — March 25, 2010 @ 12:12

  7. I solved it with a router. now the network is working good

    Comment by Florian — March 26, 2010 @ 22:27

  8. Hi, and thanks for your great work
    I’m trying to add bluetooth support to a recent kernel ( #9), is there a place where I could find patched sources (or the patches applied to 2.6.15) ?

    Comment by Valmon — September 24, 2011 @ 20:16

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