New Wiki Updates – featuring Sony NSZ-GS7 Teardown

Posted: July 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Wiki Updates – featuring Sony NSZ-GS7 Teardown

Sony NSZ-GS7 Recovery MenuIt’s been a bit since we’ve made a blog post, however exciting times are coming. To
start, we have cleaned up the wiki and reorganized some sections.  The NSZ-GS7 section of our wiki has been updated with lots
of new info, including a tear down and pictures of the new Sony recovery. You can check the teardown pics and the new recovery out here:
GTVHacker Wiki: Sony NSZ-GS7

We’ve also started a page for the new LG devices, the LG 47g2 and the 55g2. The LG section is lacking since none of the GTVHacker team members currently have the TV, so we are counting on the community to fill in the blanks. We are also looking for a few users to help us with some remote debugging of the TV. If you’d like to help out you can find a few things we are looking for on our forums in the new LG section at:

GTVHacker Forums: LG 47g2 and 55g2


Root for Sony Google TV with Unsigned Kernels!

Posted: February 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Splash screen for sony gtvhacker bootup

We give to you our latest release, a root for all current Sony Google TV devices that we call “The GTVHacker Sony Recovery Downgrader & Rebooter”. This method will allow you root and run custom unsigned kernels on your Sony Google TV device.

The process in the guide above will walk you through downgrading the system to an exploitable version. Then using another exploit, we hijack the devices boot process and reload a new kernel. This completely bypasses the signatures normally used by the system, including those used in the bootloader, kernel, and init binary. The kernel reload process happens automatically each time the box is powered on, and the USB drives required for the install are not needed again. After loading our attached unsigned kernel you will notice a new splash screen (featuring the Sony and GTVHacker logo) as well as the following perks:

  • Modified flash plugin with random per box flash string for Content Provider Bypass.
  • Crippled update feature to prevent box from receiving automatic updates.
  • Completely RW system, cache, and rootfs partitions
  • Full ADB Root
  • Removed signature checks on kernel / init scripts / init binary
  • A few other surprises.
  • BETA: Enable NTFS Support for Sony Google TV devices (see wiki for instructions on how to add: GTVHacker.com: Sony NTFS)

Between the speediness of the 3.2 upgrade and the unsigned kernels we finally have the box that we’ve always wanted from the Google TV. We recommend this update to everyone as it only requires 4 USB sticks and is a 100% softmod (No soldering required!).

The guide and information about the process can be found at our wiki:

How to Root Guide:
GTVHacker.com: Running Unsigned Kernels On Sony GTV

For a more detailed look into how this all works, check out the about:

GTVHacker.com: About The Sony Downgrade & Rebooter (Root)

And finally, for support or to comment checkout our forum post:

GTVHacker Forums: NSX-GT1 and NSZ-GT1 exploit to run unsigned kernels!

GTVHacker


Updating to future USB updates from HC “User-Debug” leak

Posted: October 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Updating to future USB updates from HC “User-Debug” leak

Below is a method to flash the old “un-neutered” HC recovery onto the new userdebug build. This will allow you to update by USB to the official HC build that Google will hopefully release in the coming weeks. The method below requires that you have installed adb from the android sdk. Please make sure to enter the commands below after entering the directory that the recovery.img was extracted to (or to change the “adb push recovery.img /tmp/recovery.img” command to “adb push /path/to/recovery.img /tmp/recovery.img”).

Warning: Using any recovery other than a properly signed recovery will brick your box, only use the recovery supplied. You also may to ensure you have a good network connection to your revue before continuing.
Recovery:
http://www.multiupload.com/BLFDQYH354
Note: recovery.img(sha1) = 14c31dc6db2d8f9ec15f94f2f929dbb68142d16c

Step 1.) Get IP Address of Revue (settings->network->status).
Step 2.) Enable adbd (settings->applications->development), then check “Remote Debugging”.
Step 3.) Add the IP Address of the computer you are connecting from (“Debugger Ip Address in settings->applications->development).
Step 4.) Connect to adb from computer using the following (Replacing with your ip) adb command:

  • adb connect

Step 5.) Restart adbd as root by executing the following:

  • adb root

Step 6.) Reconnect to adbd on the revue using:

  • adb connect

Step 7.) Paste each line of the following (one at a time).

  • adb push recovery.img /tmp/recovery.img
  • adb shell flash_image recovery /tmp/recovery.img

Successfully running the last line should output something similar to the following:

  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 0
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 40000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 80000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at c0000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 100000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 140000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 180000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 1c0000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 200000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 240000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 280000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 2c0000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 300000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 340000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 380000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 3c0000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 400000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 440000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 480000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 4c0000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 500000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 540000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 580000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 5c0000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 600000
  • mtd: successfully wrote block at 0

New Devices for UK

Posted: August 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Devices for UK

Reports are, there are some new devices on the horizon for our friends across the lake. (The Atlantic Lake).  Reports arent saying much yet, but GoogleTv isnt going anywhere!


Zenofex speaks on podcast

Posted: June 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Zenofex speaks on podcast

Recently, Zenofex of the GtvHacker community spoke on a podcast about getting root. You can check it out here: http://techmisfits.com/05/19/gtvhacker-zenofex-speaks/.

He speaks with Resno and Integgrol.


Android Market

Posted: May 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Well, after hearing Google IO, we have learned some unfortunate information. We wont be getting market till sometime this summer.

We are suppose to getting Android version 3.1, which is good news. Not sure what that means in terms of getting and maintaining a software root for the Google Tv Devices.

Stay tuned as more details develop. Soon our hopes and dreams will become a reality. (At least we hope)


Google Tv SDK and Market?

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

We have been wondering when the Google TV SDK would be released and we are starting to hope and think the time is soon-ish. Reports are, it should be release within a month! The market is believed to follow in about 3 months.

This has several implications, but the biggest note is, this should open the door and make the GoogleTV any even better device. Having the market and sdk available will allow us one more tool in finding a software root. This is an exciting time, and we can not wait to ride the rollercoaster.


Root Achieved on All Google TV Devices

Posted: April 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

We are proud to announce we have rooted all available Google TV devices with a one click root method. We are very excited to be releasing this new method out to the world.

This doesnt require the use of hardware hackings like previously done on other boards and has been shown to work on most every Google TV Device. The other benefit is that, since the Market and SDK havent been released, we are able to allow market apps to be installed on all devices.

Lastly, this new system works on all statuses. So devices that have been used can now enjoy root!

For instructions click here.

(This is a April Fools joke.)