Need some help with Gen 3 media player

Joey finally got it to recognize a flash drive if i boot the unit up it has the big red circle telling me to insert usb drive with firmware to recover your wd it reads the drive then the screen says warningyour wd was modified aftermarket and is not running official firmware that is not supported by western digital dont know where to go from here

sounds like it has been flashed with GPL Firmware … so it’s pretty much a brick now.

i guess you now know why it was ‘given’ to you

Yeah i am just gonna get rid of this one i have another gen 3 that seems to work pretty good picked it up in a deal with a tv pretty cheap so gonna play with it and see if it will do everything my gen 2 plus will do the gen 2 has wdlx tv on it and it works perfectly

Joey need some advice got this other gen 3 up and running this one boots right up but need some advice the firmware version is 1.14.09 should i update it and if so to which version and should i put the wdlxtv on this unit like my gen 2 i know that there were a lot of these units with the last firmware update and people were rolling it back would like to have the best firmware with the most options for this player
Joey i also want to make sure whatever firmware i use is the official firmware so i do not run into issues like the other one

I personally can’t recommend any specific firmware as i don’t use WDTV anymore … Sold them all.

(i have been using Kodi / Raspberry Pi 3 for the last few years)

It’s up to you what firmware you want to install … as long as you stay away from GPL firmware.

Joey where do i find the official firmwares i have been doing some reading and most people say the newest one has issues and they rolled back to the one before the last update if i update it on the unit itself instead of loading it to a flash drive will it stay the official firmware

Joey i am also looking at buying a raspberry pi 3 can you recommend any sites or chat boards for me to read up on it i have heard nothing but good things about those little units

To Answer Question 1. You can find all ‘Official Rollback Firmware’ here :

Even if you install ‘Custom Firmware’ eg. WDLXTV you can Rollback to Official Firmware from the link(s) above … as long as the .ver file (i mentioned previously) has a Higher Number than whatever firmware you’re running it will trigger the update/rollback.

I did this when i sold my WDTV’s … eg. some were running WDLXTV, but i re-installed Official Firmware on all of them.

To Answer Question 2. For Raspberry Pi 3 there’s lots of chatboards … but probably the best one for Kodi Support is the Official Website (it’s down at the momment, due to moving servers)

For installing Kodi the easiest way, i would recommend LibreELEC (i had been using OpenELEC … but LibreELEC gets updated a lot more frequently with latest fixes,security patches and improvements eg. they’ve optimised HEVC X.265 playback … have tested some 1080p 5.1DD/DTS videos and they now playback perfectly of the RPi3 :slight_smile:

Installation Guide Here:

One word of advice about Kodi … if you want it to run smoothly on the RPi3 without any problems, don’t be tempted to install Piracy Builds / Wizards / Banned Repos or Banned Add-ons … as they will compromise your system. It’s your choice if you do, but if you do install them and have a problem, then you will be exempt from any support from Official Kodi / OS forums.

I understand i have been using kodi now for about 3 years and i have always followed the rules with it i currently run it on a amazon firestick but they say it runs faster on th pi3 because of the quad core processor. Thank you for all the info, i went ahead and did the update on the wd to the latest firmware and everything went very smooth and everything seems to be working pretty well gonna play with it for a little bit and see if any problems arise if they do i will do the rollback and see if it fixes things

Joey i have 1 more question about this wd tv live gen 3 if i decide to put wdlx tv on this unit i understand that it doesnt get flashed to the unit but to the flash drive and the flash drive needs to stay plugged in my question is this if you unplug the flash drive will the unit preform normally again like it does now as if no modifications were made to it i set up a gen 1 apple tv with osmc and kodi for a buddy of mine and when the flash drive is unpluged the apple tv works as normal

yes, but from memory you need to run unbrewme.dat to fully restore it to factory

Joey just curious is there a better guide out there for installing the wdlx tv or is the wiki one the best that is out there i know that the wdlx tv forum website has been down for some time so there is no place to ask questions

a better guide ?

The instructions in the link i posted can’t get much simpler than that :confused:

(note: 3 open with notepad, edit it with your WDTV’'s ip address , 4,5,6 “run” = double click the .bat file on your computer)

Install Instructions

  1. Download package above
  2. Unzip
  3. Edit device-ip.txt (included in download)
  4. run win-homebrew-upload.bat
  5. run win-homebrew-brewme.bat
  6. run win-homebrew-status.bat
  7. place wdlxtv-palace.bin on thumbdrive
  8. place homebrew files on same thumbdrive (wdlxtv-palace.bin,, wdtvlivegen3.bin.mpm, wdtvlivegen3.bin.mpm.sha1.sum)
  9. plug thumbdrive into SMP
  10. Reboot SMP
  11. Confirm settings - system - about shows the firmware version as “2.01.86-EXT3_Palace_Plus-0.0.8”
  12. Thumbdrive must stay plugged in, as firmware is running live on the thumbdrive

Joey thank you so much got it installed tonight and up and running and everything is working perfectly i think i will play with both of them for a little bit then go back to the original firmware on both units or do you think they would sell better with the wdlxtv installed on them

i don’t think so … some people may not want a ‘hacked’ wdtv

WDLTVX doesen’t really add any value to it since it’s free and anyone can install if they wish.

i put the official firmware back on the ones i sold (and still got Good Money for them) and included in the ebay ad that they are all running the latest official firmware. Also, if anything went wrong with them, then they couldn’t blame hacked firmware as being the cause.

Joey is there any way you could talk me through the steps of putting the official firmware back on my gen 3 i have read the readme file a couple of times but dont totally understand the steps thank you and i appreciate it very much

There’s 2 way to get back to running a stock WDTV …depending on custom firmware type you’re using.

First Method: If you’re using the flashdrive inserted method (2.02.32-EXT3_Palace_Plus-0.1.4)

then simply double the win-homebrew-stockify.bat script then check the homebrew is disabled by clicking win-homebrew-status.bat … if all good, then power off the WDTV and remove the flashdrive

Second Method: If you have “flashed” custom firmware on your WDTV … then the first thing you need to do if find out what version you are running.

eg. on your WDTV Remote, press SETUP button, then select ABOUT … you should see something like this …example: 1.02.21.WDLXTV_LIVE-

Now … download any Official WD Firmware (does not matter if it’s the oldest or newest)

Once downloaded … open the wdtvlivegen3.ver using Microsoft Notepad (or any word editor)

you will see something like this …


Now, if you are running WDLXTV (as per the exmaple above … 1.02.21.WDLXTV_LIVE-

You need to edit the Official WD Firmware “version” to Exactly that, BUT with a Higher Number (to trigger the “Detected New Firmware” prompt on the WDTV

Example: Editing the WD Firmware *.ver file


Save and close Notepad … then go through the normal firmware flashing procedure (don’t worry about version numbers the WDTV reports)

At the end of a Successful WD Firmware Flash … if you check Setup > About, you will see the WDTV will report the correct Official Firmware Number

Joey thank you so much for your help with both my gen 2 plus and gen 3 both are back on official firmware and ready for resale

no worries

Joey i have a quick question a buddy of mine wants to buy one of my wf units but his tv does not have hdmi only composite and component do you know of an aftermarket av component or composite cable that will work on these units i know that the pin placement on the 3.5mm jack and the wiring has to be correct for it to work properly i tried one that i had at home for my camcorder but couldnt get it to work on the component i found a deal on the internet about hooking it up to the composite side that i will try tonight but it uses all 3 plugs so i am guessing no audio unless you use the optical for audio

just swap the colored plugs around where you plug them in … read this old post of mine (i still applies to the Gen 3)