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LG BD550 Netcast Firmware Hack :)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players' started by steb71, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. steb71

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    Hi,
    I recently bought the LG BD550 from Asda expecting to watch Youtube etc via Netcast but only to find out that the UK/European Models not have Netcast :(
    Should have done a bit more googling before I bought it.
    Anyway I have searched the whole www for a fix i.e. US firmware but no joy.
    Is there anyone who has hacked the UK model to get Netcast or is it just no go.
    Heres Hoping !
    Cheers
  2. Dennis199

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    All threads regarding this is removed :(
    Does anyone have anything stored locally and are willing to share... ? Please!
    //D
  3. Dennis199

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    I found a russian site with some info, just a single post but enough to put the pieces together :D
    NetCast, Youtube, RF DVD.... check :)
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    Hello - any luck yet with getting netcast working on the LG BD550? anyone - i might be interested in the new netflix service if I could view it through the player
  5. emocasares

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    Hi. Can you tell me please how to enable NetCast on LG BD550?
    Thank you.

  6. the_jinj

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    Did anyone ever figure this out? Seems all traces are gone from the web!
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    Your not the only one, I've been searching on Google.ru for any sign of this Russian forum... Nothing! :lease:
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    There is one aimed at other models where a cable is made and used on a service port but the 550 doesn't have this port so it's useless. I think it may have been a wind up or mistake on Dennis199s part(?) :(

    The search continues....but if the info did exist it would be easier to find surely!?!

    EDIT
    Seems there's a bit of info on what Denniss199 managed to achieve
    Seems you need to change a config file - http://www.quellicheilpc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=48614&start=45
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  9. the_jinj

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    Search now ended ;)
  10. Viking61

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    Did you crack it?
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    Managed to source what I was after - curious as to why all traces have disappeared from the web right enough but if anyones interested let me know :)
  12. Nada

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    I' veeeeeeeeeeeery interested so please help me! I've been folowing this hack when it was created and all of a sudden it was gone. This site is the only thing left of it and it is not much.

    [Q] Why BD550hack ? thread can't be accessed ?

    Are you willing to post it or would you mail me the tut?
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  14. Viking61

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    Do you have the player Nada? Can you post a picture of the mainboard? I think you maybe have to solder the RS232<-->TTL converter cable to the connection on the mainboard.
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  15. Nada

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    Thank's for your post Viking

    Here's the part of the BD-550 mainboard that i assume should be connected.

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  16. Nada

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    And here comes a picture of my usb-serial converter

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  17. Viking61

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    I think maybe that is the connection you should use, but I would have thought the pins would have been marked gnd, rx, tx and 3.3v. Anyway, my understanding is that the console port is marked CN501, so you have probably found the right connector.

    On my Toshiba players that I connected via the USB -> TTL Serial converter I have, I didn't need to use the 3.3V pin as the chip got it from the USB port. I use the TTL-232R-3V3 cable found here: USB TTL Serial. What is the name of the USB-serial converter you use? I was advised to not use UART equipment, but I am not sure if the same applies to a LG model.

    You can try connecting the Gnd, Rx and Tx pins and use Putty or a similar software and use a default connection to specific COM port with 115200 baud. see if anything appears on the screen of your computer when you turn on the LG BD550.
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  18. sistorg

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    Hello, It is good that this forum this updated I do not write well in English, I want to comment that I have a LG BD550 and not have the netcast, I think the steps I've seen here I be able to upgrade and provisioning this great function, could help make this possible, thanks in advance and waiting your comments. fernando Azuaje
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    Well, I bought the USB-converter half a year ago on ebay so i do not remeber any device name or brand. I came from China and I thougt it would suit my needs.
    But then all of a sudden the hack was gone ant it started to collect dust in corner.
    How could you tell if it is UART-converter?
    Heres a picture of the front!

    @sistorg

    we're working on it

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    I think it is one of these 2:
    USB TO TTL - search result, Shenzhen Kuyia Cables Sales Department

    I can't really see the difference between them, so I guess it doesn't matter which one it is. The main thing for you now is to find out which pins on the TTL converter are gnd, tx and rx. I suppose there was some kind of instructions sheet with the converter.
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    What you need now is a cable like the one shown here, and plug it into the pins of your USB TO TTL converter. Then you can try out the pins of the CN501 connector. I read in one forum about one guy who made it without soldering, using toothpics instead to get the cables connect and short leads on the cable stripped bare.

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    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
  22. sistorg

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    I have something that maybe can help. looking for firmware for LG BD550 I noticed that there are several firmware for the same equipment depending on the area or region you are, in any way the important thing is to activate the BD550 netcast access must have firmware USA (U.S.) this is located looking at the page of U.S. lg. the problem is that the file is divided into two rom, and its extensions are ROM-00 and ROM-01 and there is one with extension. BIN. and do not understand how to use them. as many times and installed via flash drive has been using a single file. rom downloaded from the website of Panama. ok and everything is updated. but no icon appears netcast, the trick would be how to update U.S. version withthe following updates from this link LG BD550 Support: Find Manuals & Warranty Info | LG USA # if anyone knows how to use these files would be good. pardon my English. I am to help
  23. Viking61

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    As I see it, the main problem with installing the US firmware is that your player will be locked to region 1 for DVD and region A for blu-ray. If you live in Europe and want to use the player also for playing DVD and blu-ray, that will be a problem.
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    I found the schematics of the CN501 connector on the BD550's mainboard. So I suppose from your 'USB TTL converter' you connect:
    GND to GND
    RXD to TXD
    TXD to RXD

    If no signal in the Putty window on your computer, then try to change RXD and TXD.

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    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012
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    Hi guys anyone have any luck with this? I have opened up my BD550 and am waiting to receive my USB TTL converter so I can get cracking!

    Toothpicks sound like a great idea so will try that before soldering.
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    Replying to my own post! But I managed to get this to work ... sort of.
    Toothpicks work fine, and upping the baud rate on my USB TTL converter made the characters in putty legible.

    BUT ... it keeps asking for a password! Dont know if this is bcos i updated the firmware a few months ago (before i knew about this hack). Does ANYONE out there know what the password is/could be??? :lease: :facepalm:
  27. Viking61

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    If you hit Enter several times right after you power on the player, it should abort the startup script and you will land in a Linux shell without being asked for a password. You were too late in hitting the Enter button. Check the link in post #14 for more info.
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    Thanks Viking! :clap: will try this tonight/tomorrow and report back! I was ready to :suicide: with the amount of googling and re-googling I had done!
  29. bazburger

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    I soldered it all up. got the 550 communicating no problem, but having a major problem afterwards, put in the boot arg command, ok. boot nand ok, edit line, ok. resume standard boot ok, but after that i get all this and cant go any further, any help would be great, thanks


    / # /etc/init.d/rcS
    /etc/init.d/rcS: /etc/profile: line 13: [/usr/local/lib: not found
    === System Init Start ===
    mount: mounting usbfs on /proc/bus/usb failed: No such file or directory
    insert module /boot/dbg_utility.ko
    dbg_utility: module license 'Proprietary' taints kernel.
    insert module /boot/dbg_utility.ko SUCCESS...
    insert module /boot/bsp.ko
    insert module /boot/bsp.ko SUCCESS...
    insert module /boot/drv_mem.ko
    0xc2000000-0xc8000000 : channel1 continuous
    0xc2000000-0xc7ee9f00 : channel1 dynamic
    0xc8000000-0xccc00000 : channel2 continuous
    0xcaa20000-0xccc00000 : channel2 dynamic
    insert module /boot/drv_mem.ko SUCCESS...
    insert module /boot/tz.ko
    insert module /boot/tz.ko SUCCESS...
    insert module /boot/decry.ko
    insert module /boot/decry.ko SUCCESS...
    dd: can't open '/dev/mtd': No such file or directory
    mount rootfs_normal_1
    mount: mounting /dev/mtdblock on /mnt/rootfs_normal failed: No such file or directory
    [mtd_init] Mount squashfs rootfs_normal_1 Fail.
    mount rootfs_enc_1
    mount: mounting /dev/mtdblock on /mnt/rootfs_enc failed: No such file or directory
    [mtd_init] Mount squashfs rootfs_enc_1 Fail.
    no find mtd ["ubi0"]
    no mnt dir -- mkdir -p /mnt/ubi_boot
    Try mount ubifs ubi_boot
    UBIFS error (pid 299): ubifs_get_sb: cannot open "ubi0:ubi_boot", error -19
    mount: mounting ubi0:ubi_boot on /mnt/ubi_boot failed: No such device
    ubimkvol ubi_boot
    /etc/init.d/mtd_init.sh: line 267: /bin/mtd-utils/ubi-utils/new-utils/ubimkvol: not found
    Mount ubifs ubi_boot
    UBIFS error (pid 301): ubifs_get_sb: cannot open "ubi0:ubi_boot", error -19
    mount: mounting ubi0:ubi_boot on /mnt/ubi_boot failed: No such device
    [mtd_init] Mount ubifs Fail...[/mnt/ubi_boot]
    no target -- mkdir -p /mnt/ubi_boot/log
    link [/mnt/log] -> [/mnt/ubi_boot/log]
    no target -- mkdir -p /mnt/ubi_boot/APDA
    link [/mnt/nand_03_0] -> [/mnt/ubi_boot/APDA]
    insert module /lib/modules/2.6.27-mt85xx/BDP/drvcli.ko
    insmod: /lib/modules/2.6.27: No such file or directory
    insmod: /lib/modules: No such file or directory
    insmod: drvcli.ko: module not found
    insert module /lib/modules/2.6.27-mt85xx/BDP/drvcli.ko FAIL... (1)
    / # /etc/init.d/rcS: /etc/profile: line 13: [/usr/local/lib: not found
    -/bin/sh: /etc/init.d/rcS:: not found
    tem Init Start ===
    / # === System Init Start ===
    -/bin/sh: ===: not found
    / # mount: mounting usbfs on /proc/bus/usb failed: No such file or directory
    -/bin/sh: mount:: not found
    / # insert module /boot/dbg_utility.ko
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # dbg_utility: module license 'Proprietary' taints kernel.
    -/bin/sh: dbg_utility:: not found
    / # insert module /boot/dbg_utility.ko SUCCESS...
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # insert module /boot/bsp.ko
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # insert module /boot/bsp.ko SUCCESS...
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # insert module /boot/drv_mem.ko
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # 0xc2000000-0xc8000000 : channel1 continuous
    -/bin/sh: 0xc2000000-0xc8000000: not found
    / # 0xc2000000-0xc7ee9f00 : channel1 dynamic
    -/bin/sh: 0xc2000000-0xc7ee9f00: not found
    / # 0xc8000000-0xccc00000 : channel2 continuous
    -/bin/sh: 0xc8000000-0xccc00000: not found
    / # 0xcaa20000-0xccc00000 : channel2 dynamic
    -/bin/sh: 0xcaa20000-0xccc00000: not found
    / # insert module /boot/drv_mem.ko SUCCESS...
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # insert module /boot/tz.ko
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # insert module /boot/tz.ko SUCCESS...
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # insert module /boot/decry.ko
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # insert module /boot/decry.ko SUCCESS...
    -/bin/sh: insert: not found
    / # dd: can't open '/dev/mtd': No such file or directory
    > mount rootfs_normal_1
    > mount: mounting /dev/mtdblock on /mnt/rootfs_normal failed: No such file or directory
    > [mtd_init] Mount squashfs rootfs_normal_1 Fail.
    > mount rootfs_enc_1
    > mount: mounting /dev/mtdblock on /mnt/rootfs_enc failed: No such file or directory
    > [mtd_init] Mount squashfs rootfs_enc_1 Fail.
    > no find mtd ["ubi0"]
    > no mnt dir -- mkdir -p /mnt/ubi_boot
    > Try mount ubifs ubi_boot
    > UBIFS error (pid 299): ubifs_get_sb: cannot open "ubi0:ubi_boot", error -19
    > mount: mounting ubi0:ubi_boot on /mnt/ubi_boot failed: No such device
    > ubimkvol ubi_boot
    > /etc/init.d/mtd_init.sh: line 267: /bin/mtd-utils/ubi-utils/new-utils/ubimkvol: not found
    > Mount ubifs ubi_boot
    > UBIFS error (pid 301): ubifs_get_sb: cannot open "ubi0:ubi_boot", error -19
    > mount: mounting ubi0:ubi_boot on /mnt/ubi_boot failed: No such device
    > [mtd_init] Mount ubifs Fail...[/mnt/ubi_boot]
    > no target -- mkdir -p /mnt/ubi_boot/log
    > link [/mnt/log] -> [/mnt/ubi_boot/log]
    > no target -- mkdir -p /mnt/ubi_boot/APDA
    > link [/mnt/nand_03_0] -> [/mnt/ubi_boot/APDA]
    > insert module /lib/modules/2.6.27-mt85xx/BDP/drvcli.ko
    > insmod: /lib/modules/2.6.27: No such file or directory
    > insmod: /lib/modules: No such file or directory
    > insmod: drvcli.ko: module not found
    > insert module /lib/modules/2.6.27-mt85xx/BDP/drvcli.ko FAIL... (1)
    > / #
  30. bazburger

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    well after 3 months since i posted the above post without any replys with help etc i`ve given up, I dont think anyone else is interested in this bd player, bought another 2nd hand player that does all the netcast, 3d and does not have cinavia on it so BD550 all boxed up ready to give someone for christmas.

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