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amdaman

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Does anyone know where I can find the stick remote for this TV? I can't find it anywhere!!

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7adm

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Hey guys!

Ran into some issues with my 50PUS7394 after the latest firmware upgrade (TPM191E _ 101.002.098.000 – Date: 2021/07/30).
When using DTS with my XBOX One, the sound now stutters and clips all the time. Haven't had this problem with the previous firmware. Alas, I am forced to use DTS with my XBOX, as any Dolby Digital option presents me with a considerable sound delay.

Now I was hoping to downgrade the firmware with the help of toengel's site. I downloaded the appropriate firmware file (TPM191E _ 101.002.022.002 – Date: 2021/05/14 (Upgrade_Loader) and followed the instructions to the letter: I'm using an USB 2.0 pendrive formatted it with 64kb allocation and put the upgrade_loader.pkg in the root directory, killed the power and restarted it with the USB attached. The TV simply starts, without doing the update process (I've tried both USB ports).
What am I missing?

I've also tried to enter the recovery mode by holding the hardware-joystick down, and initiate the update process from there, but the only thing this does is erase and factory-reset. I was not able to enter the recovery with this method, and right now I don't have a male-male USB cable to try with adb.

Any suggestions how to proceed are greatly appreciated!
 

challou47

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Jan 25, 2011
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philips 48pfs8209/12 after wipedata and installing firmware i have problems with play store i cant download or install nothing it says no connection... i have tried to connect with adb but nothing works i cant even install developers mode from play shop can somone help ???
 

rafnap76

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Hi guys, please help me, I want to remove YouTube from my android TV philips 8535 due my children, I have disable from app info, but my son of 5 years reinstall it so easy with voice commands, I'm disappointed because the TV don't have a parental control for app like a smartphone, the children account doesn't work on Android TV, I'm tired of disconnecting the ethernet network to don't see ****ed YouTube
 

Wertuo

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I have a quite old PUS7101 with Android 8 and sometimes there are problems with playing materials with high bitrate.
Is it possible to connect ethernet to USB 3.0 adapter? If yes, which to choose?
 

Wertuo

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@Toengel - Ordered it, we'll see what happens, although when I checked on other adapters I had available it didn't work. Worst case scenario, it will be another gadget that won't be useful for anything. I've also seen a version that works with Nintendo Switch, maybe for some devices this variant should be used?
 

Wertuo

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Status update: I received the device a few days ago, unfortunately I was unable to get it to work. The module's power light is on, the ethernet LEDs are also working (green all the time, orange blinks from time to time), but the TV itself has not caught the configuration. Wifi is off, DHCP is in the IP settings section. When connecting the module, the entry "An unknown device has been connected" appears. Can anything be done with it? Is there any possibility of configuring it via e.g. ADB?
 

strusic

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Hey guys!

Ran into some issues with my 50PUS7394 after the latest firmware upgrade (TPM191E _ 101.002.098.000 – Date: 2021/07/30).
When using DTS with my XBOX One, the sound now stutters and clips all the time. Haven't had this problem with the previous firmware. Alas, I am forced to use DTS with my XBOX, as any Dolby Digital option presents me with a considerable sound delay.

Now I was hoping to downgrade the firmware with the help of toengel's site. I downloaded the appropriate firmware file (TPM191E _ 101.002.022.002 – Date: 2021/05/14 (Upgrade_Loader) and followed the instructions to the letter: I'm using an USB 2.0 pendrive formatted it with 64kb allocation and put the upgrade_loader.pkg in the root directory, killed the power and restarted it with the USB attached. The TV simply starts, without doing the update process (I've tried both USB ports).
What am I missing?

I've also tried to enter the recovery mode by holding the hardware-joystick down, and initiate the update process from there, but the only thing this does is erase and factory-reset. I was not able to enter the recovery with this method, and right now I don't have a male-male USB cable to try with adb.

Any suggestions how to proceed are greatly appreciated!
Thats weird. I just put file on root of pendrive, put it in black usb port, replug power cord, turn on tv via remote and it started to 'upgrade' to older firmware.
 

_Negan_

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Nov 16, 2012
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Hi @Toengel , do you know a working bluetooth usb stick to pair headphones with the TV?
And one more question, where can i find a spare remote controller for pos9002? A newer version of the remote controller that works, is welcome too.

Thanks
 

Failsafe321

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Hello everybody this is my first post on this forum. I hope someone can help me. I have a Philips 65PFL5504/F7 model TV. The problem is I was updating the firmware and the power went out at my house and now the only screen I see when I power on my TV is the one in the attached file. Can my TV be fixed by uploading the firmware file again? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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psychodracon

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Hello, have anyone successfully installed new Google TV launcher on Android 8 TV? I have 55PUS8303 and I'm disappointed due to lack of upgrade as well as tired of missing icons and thumbnails at home screen.
 

freshmike

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Hello, have anyone successfully installed new Google TV launcher on Android 8 TV? I have 55PUS8303 and I'm disappointed due to lack of upgrade as well as tired of missing icons and thumbnails at home screen.
why do you want the Google TV Launcher instead of the Andriod TV launcher? I think it's worse especially if you use plex or any other local sources. They won't be shown on the start screen anymore. Only Google vetted online streaming services.
 

psychodracon

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why do you want the Google TV Launcher instead of the Andriod TV launcher? I think it's worse especially if you use plex or any other local sources. They won't be shown on the start screen anymore. Only Google vetted online streaming services.
Only thing that I want is to have normal looking launcher without missing icons, thumbnails and recommendations that are working
 
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    Guys! To disable Philips Collections bar or also known as Philips Apps Tray at top of Android TV leanback launcher. All you have to do is find leanbackcustomizer in System Apps or Running Apps and turn off its notifications which can be turned off at button of the menu when you click on the service.

    I couldn't find a single source which mentioned these steps to take to disable Philips bloatware. I figured these out on own. I am not aware of any other methods that has the same results.

    Enjoy your less of a pain Android TV by Philips

    Hope this helps.

    ---------- Post added at 02:03 AM ---------- Previous post was at 01:56 AM ----------

    To disable recommendations, disable org.droidtv.nett_launcherapp in system apps or running apps. Hope this also helps debloat your Philips Android TV to a manageable level. However, this doesn't get rid of the recommendations field only apps that shows up.
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    firmware decryption + rooting attempts

    #################################
    WARNING: don't look at the following information nor try to use any of it if you have no clue about linux or android as it is most likely that you are going to break your expensive gadget. For every one else: don't blame philips if you brick your device -> think before actually trying. If you post about vulnerabilities and stuff better cover your ass - who knows what the legal department of philips thinks about your cool stuff.
    #################################

    So as you decided to ignore my warning, here we go:

    I already spent plenty of time researching the internals of the device in order to get root privileges. Unluckily without the final breakthrough - but at least I found out some very interesting details.

    You might ask what those extended privileges should be good for? Well in my eyes android - a project available as open source with uncountable possibilities for developers and users - should not be closed down by profit oriented manufacturers. As those are often forcing the users into their own "crappy" software without given them any chance to escape. I like to develop at system base, use the underlying linux tools and most important check what the manufacturer does (behind my back) in my own living room. Hell I bought this expensive device and have no idea and can't nearly control what is sent to Philips nor Google.

    1. I wrote a tool to decrypt the official firmware. It was created via reverse-engineering the "upgrade.bin" arm-file (thanks for the trace, snoerenberg).

    Some interesting details about the used cryptography:
    - openssl library functions
    - used algorithm: aes-256 in CBC mode
    - the encryption key is generated via "EVP_BytesToKey" using only the first 127 byte of the keyfile + an eight byte salt found near the beginning of every input file

    Source-Code: attachment or pastebin_com / z3nA2r3J
    maybe mirroring this paste and the source would be a good idea (Google for the HASH if link is down)

    The decrypted firmware archive contains the following files:

    boot.img.zip: kernel + initrd + ramdisk (unknown file format)
    bootloader.zip: bootloader (unknown file format)
    tzk_normal.img.zip: ? maybe recovery (unknown file format)

    user_setting.zip: content of /user_setting
    system.img.zip: content of /system (ext4-img)
    firmware.img.zip: content of /firmware (ext4-img)

    BackEndBin.zip, EdidBin.zip, fpgaUhdBin.zip, RougeBin.zip: different binary files - supposedly firmware for these components

    As you see I was not able to extract the most interesting part (kernel + ramdisk) - Hopefully some android experts could help!

    The current and some older firmware files could be downloaded at philips_samipupu_com (thanks for hosting)

    2. General information:
    - Kernel version: Linux version 3.4.70+ ([email protected]) (gcc version 4.6.x-google 20120106 (prerelease) (GCC) ) #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Nov 14 01:52:21 IST 2014
    - Kernel cmd-line: androidboot.hardware=AND1E quiet lpj=11935744 root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.console=ttyS0 console=ttyS0,115200 init=/init vmalloc=448M quiet macaddr=00:00:00:00:00:00 emmc_ts.dev_id=1 emmc_ts.size=16777216 emmc_ts.erasesize=524288 emmc_ts.writesize=512
    - lsmod:
    usb8797 359014 3 - Live 0x00000000
    usb97mlan 290809 1 usb8797, Live 0x00000000 (P)
    mbtusbchar 52685 0 - Live 0x00000000
    usbfwdnld 8530 0 - Live 0x00000000
    fusion 96777 0 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    tpvinput 7132 2 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    trcext 333860 0 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    gal3d 161434 16 - Live 0x00000000
    amp_core 72528 2 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    tzlogger 1199 0 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    tzd 32013 30 amp_core,tzlogger, Live 0x00000000 (O)

    3. The trcext module seems to be very interesting as a short look with a disassembler revealed that it might be able to read and manipulate process memory of any process. Maybe someone good at kernel-drivers could take a look?

    4. There are two world-readable directories containing very interesting information:
    - /data/debugdump: stack-traces, process-lists, short memory excerpts based on crashes of the native binaries (could be very helpful for exploiting)
    - /data/anr: davlik crash-dumps of android applications

    5. There are 3 SGUID and 1 SUID binaries (visible):
    -rwxr-s--- root inet 5500 netcfg
    -rwxr-sr-x root net_raw 26072 ping
    -rwsr-s--- root shell 9464 run-as

    6. The recovery menu which could be used to install a "new" firmware if the device does not boot properly could be reached via the following steps:
    - unplug the power
    - press and hold the joypad on the backside of the TV downwards
    - replug
    - release the joypad after 10 sec

    7. There is a Customer-Service-Menu at “123654” which contains read only information about the current firmware and so one. However there is also the real service menu (062?96i) which could be used for much more things. But you need to be really careful with this, i already managed to break booting without changing something important.

    8. The settings-app calls the "su" command inside of CSMActivity. If this is no obsolete debug code (i was not able to trigger this part yet) than there could be a "su" inside /sbin. The Manifest also shows this strange "org.droidtv.tv.tv_power_system_access" permission. Therefore i tried to write my own app with the same permission and call "su" which did however not work out (even if I use the same namespace org.droidtv.?)

    9. Every time you pop in an usb stick android creates an backup folder on it. The filenames are "hidden" via base64 and there are some junk bytes at the beginning of the files which you need to crop in order to read them. However the content is quite boring mostly some sqlite3 databases with configuration parameters.

    10. By default the usb sticks you plug in is read-only for user apps. However there is in option in the settings to re-format it. This will result in an XFS formatted, read-write mounted stick where you could even outsource your apps.

    11. There is a soap (http) service running on port 1925 which is used by the philips remote app and allows different things for example starting one of the installed apps. More details could be found if you decompile the XTV-App.


    Hope some of you guys could do something fancy with those information.
    @snoerenberg(xda): did you manage to send commands over your cable yet - If you do rooting should be quite easy from this point (maybe /system/bin/run-as).

    Cheers,
    5003b4d49cbf7916123271b7b1918f123cca0c09bf1428f4398257751ac6570c

    ps: some of the information were dumped on an older firmware and some with the current one
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    Steps for install any APK in 2014 Philips Android TV AND1E

    Hello,

    For install any application in 2014 Philips Android TV AND1E :

    1º You must download "Developer Settings" from "Google Play" and enable "Usb Debugging" in "Developer options".
    2º Connect ADB via WIFI -> adb start-server" , adb connect IP:5555
    3º Install APK -> adb install "app.apk" (download apk from google play with evozzi apk downloader in web or in chrome extension)

    I've tried it in 55PUS8909 and it works!.

    I've tried for root framaroot, towelroot and vroot and exploits not run.
    I've tried all for "Unknown Sources" and nothing.

    sorry for my english....thanks, regards!
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    [GUIDE] How to root 2015 Philips Android TV

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