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ang1dust

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Anyone know if XDA will be opening hacking for some of the new tv's with apps built in? Or if anyone knows of a site that supports it?
 

intel352

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I'd like to find this as well. We essentially have computers built into our TVs that are likely capable of running a basic Android or Google TV install. It would be quite nice to extend the functionality of such smart TVs... Especially as Vizio's own VIA apps seem quite poorly built.
 

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I'd be a little hesitant to flash custom software to a tv that's potentially worth $1000s. Bricking a TV is a little more severe that bricking a smartphone IMHO.
 

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While there might be a good amount of interest with this. I dont see work being done on it, as theres no central OS each tv would be completely different.
Plus its alot easier to attach a small computer to the tv and go from there

Sent from my GT-N7000 using xda premium
 

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While there might be a good amount of interest with this. I dont see work being done on it, as theres no central OS each tv would be completely different.
Plus its alot easier to attach a small computer to the tv and go from there

Sent from my GT-N7000 using xda premium

I have a Vizio E3D470VX and decided to probe the wazoo out of it. nmap reports on an OS request it's replying Linux, but it's also responding and sending out SSDP requests (most likely the multi media network detection that's incomplete in this model).

The only open port through the network hookup is 13000. I started this little adventure in a hope of finding a backdoor so I might control my TV with my Kindle (yes, I'm that darn ?lazy? :)) I can't seem to figure out what this port is yet.. No matter what sequence I try sending the port, it closes after a varying input sequence (UDP). Via TCP, it just auto closes.

nmap hasn't the foggiest either, even after a deep scan+UDP run on the port. But it does look like the TV has a sort of firewall response to SYN flooding, that was comical as I saw the spread between identification attempts widen from 10ms to 8000ms over a period of 6 minutes.

So, I'd be VERY interested in taking a closer look at this particular port opening. I might not go as far as to jack with the USB ports, sides, who knows if they are even active for sideloading. My real question is... is there some port connection software out there already that will run input/output test sequences to an ip address via TCP/UDP/etc and log the results to a log? I hate recreating a wheel if there's already a tool.
 
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DownloaderZ

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I have a Vizio E3D470VX and decided to probe the wazoo out of it. nmap reports on an OS request it's replying Linux, but it's also responding and sending out SSDP requests (most likely the multi media network detection that's incomplete in this model).

The only open port through the network hookup is 13000. I started this little adventure in a hope of finding a backdoor so I might control my TV with my Kindle (yes, I'm that darn ?lazy? :)) I can't seem to figure out what this port is yet.. No matter what sequence I try sending the port, it closes after a varying input sequence (UDP). Via TCP, it just auto closes.

nmap hasn't the foggiest either, even after a deep scan+UDP run on the port. But it does look like the TV has a sort of firewall response to SYN flooding, that was comical as I saw the spread between identification attempts widen from 10ms to 8000ms over a period of 6 minutes.

So, I'd be VERY interested in taking a closer look at this particular port opening. I might not go as far as to jack with the USB ports, sides, who knows if they are even active for sideloading. My real question is... is there some port connection software out there already that will run input/output test sequences to an ip address via TCP/UDP/etc and log the results to a log? I hate recreating a wheel if there's already a tool.


Here with E601i-a3 and very interested. How can I help?
 

mattpik2

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The Vizios seem to run a modded version of ubuntu 10.4... so yea its linux lol... hmm now how to get into terminal?? or is that even possible? also its a yahoo tv platform so visit here to make apps "omit" sorry just google yahoo tv dev and stuff, but it would be awsome to be able to upgrade to a version of android on here (a google TV version!)
 
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kennethcolman

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Awesome so is it possible to flash like our phones

The Vizios seem to run a modded version of ubuntu 10.4... so yea its linux lol... hmm now how to get into terminal?? or is that even possible? also its a yahoo tv platform so visit here to make apps "omit" sorry just google yahoo tv dev and stuff, but it would be awsome to be able to upgrade to a version of android on here (a google TV version!)

I would be extremely interested in this seeing as how I'm outside the US and would like to use Hulu. Also a internet browser like chrome would be awesome on this thing. I have the VIZIO E3D320VX :fingers-crossed:
 

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I can confirm that my Vizio e701i-a3 has port 13000 (and only port 13000) open. I am trying to figure out a way to control the TV using TCP/IP commands. According to nmap, the TV is running a 2.6 linux kernel.

I tried connecting over telnet to port 13000 but wasn't able to get any response from the TV. Putty connects but just sits there.

Any idea on where to go with this next?
 

DownloaderZ

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I can confirm that my Vizio e701i-a3 has port 13000 (and only port 13000) open. I am trying to figure out a way to control the TV using TCP/IP commands. According to nmap, the TV is running a 2.6 linux kernel.

I tried connecting over telnet to port 13000 but wasn't able to get any response from the TV. Putty connects but just sits there.

Any idea on where to go with this next?

I have the 60" e-series, I've also been playing around with this. Does anyone have any solution to the flooding firewall problem?
 

hcfte

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Vizio e601i-a3 Hack for a browser or Android

I also am looking for a Hack for the Vizio E601l-a3 for my dad he bought one hoping to view internet on it and doesn't really have the money to run out and buy a mini TV PC or a STB just so he can browse the web. I know their is a lot of people that are looking for a way to browse the web and also be able to download other apps that just what Vizio and Yahoo will let you.

The other possibility would be hope that Vizio now comes out with an update to Google since it looks like they have switched platforms for the 2013 line up and hopefully they will release an update capable of using the Android platform.

Anyone hear of any rumors yet??? I was hoping after CES in Vegas this weekend some more info will be released as to Vizios plans.
 

z0oinks

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Hey, I've also been wanting to hack my Vizio Smart TV, the XVT323SV. I'm not looking for anything in particular, but I'm looking forward to what people could make for TV like this!
 

hcfte

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I can confirm that my Vizio e701i-a3 has port 13000 (and only port 13000) open. I am trying to figure out a way to control the TV using TCP/IP commands. According to nmap, the TV is running a 2.6 linux kernel.

I tried connecting over telnet to port 13000 but wasn't able to get any response from the TV. Putty connects but just sits there.

Any idea on where to go with this next?

Forgive me if this is a stupid question as I have no idea about programming.

Is there any way to take a laptop running on the same linux and go in using the USB port.

From what I have read maybe rename a file or ??? to trick the TV into thinking it's a file that Vizio will let you open.
 

purplekush

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I have a Vizio E3D470VX and decided to probe the wazoo out of it. nmap reports on an OS request it's replying Linux, but it's also responding and sending out SSDP requests (most likely the multi media network detection that's incomplete in this model).

The only open port through the network hookup is 13000. I started this little adventure in a hope of finding a backdoor so I might control my TV with my Kindle (yes, I'm that darn ?lazy? :)) I can't seem to figure out what this port is yet.. No matter what sequence I try sending the port, it closes after a varying input sequence (UDP). Via TCP, it just auto closes.

nmap hasn't the foggiest either, even after a deep scan+UDP run on the port. But it does look like the TV has a sort of firewall response to SYN flooding, that was comical as I saw the spread between identification attempts widen from 10ms to 8000ms over a period of 6 minutes.

So, I'd be VERY interested in taking a closer look at this particular port opening. I might not go as far as to jack with the USB ports, sides, who knows if they are even active for sideloading. My real question is... is there some port connection software out there already that will run input/output test sequences to an ip address via TCP/UDP/etc and log the results to a log? I hate recreating a wheel if there's already a tool.

I also have a Vizio E3D470VX ... after getting used to the LG smart 3D tv my parents own, I expected much much much more 'smart' from this smart TV.... on the LG, available DLNA/UPnP servers show up on the 'inputs' menu, as do USB devices like thumb drives or portable hard drives plugged in. I didn't mind the fact that the 'Smart TV' part was more like widgets for somewhat poorly developed apps along the bottom, but I did mind when not only could I not play 75% of my video files from the DLNA/UPnP server (some .avi files wouldn't even show up)... then when I tried loading a few 3D movie files on a thumbdrive, turns out it used the same 'app' as the DLNA/UPnP media, and I found out they wouldn't play either!!! (files were .mkv AND .mp4) Even if the files did show up, or play - the UI was utterly horrible... and I don't mean it didn't have thumbnails or wasn't pretty - it was horrible even for a text based, folder browsing UI... I was so disappointed, that instead on moving my xbox 360 into my bedroom, I kept it in the family room to give the new Vizio 'smart' functions and the ability to play some video, and instead I got a WDTV box for the bedroom... For 3D videos, I'm back to using my computer via HDMI - which isn't bad, its just.... that is the point of a smart TV!


So I will be VERY interested if you find out anything useful in regards to hacking this firmware or some way to modify it... whether it be something similar to the LG firmware hacks, or a linux-based XBMC port, or the Google TV version of android... anything seems like it would be better than the stock offerings :good:

The other possibility would be hope that Vizio now comes out with an update to Google since it looks like they have switched platforms for the 2013 line up and hopefully they will release an update capable of using the Android platform.

The Co-Star is what I first saw regarding Google TV.... kinda ticked me off seeing the EXACT same remote next to a little Vizio box w/ an article about Vizio being Google TV's new partner. I never read/saw anything about it being included into the new line of TVs, but I imagine they would at least switch from the current yahoo! based VIA .... However, even if the new 2013 line up had the same 'smart tv interface' as the Co-Star box w/ Google TV - I doubt that previous models would receive the new firmware.... as that is more of a complete firmware change than an upgrade. Also, there may be issues with their partnership w/ yahoo! TV on the current models w/ VIA :confused: who knows... but I'd be extremely surprised if they rolled out firmware upgrades for older model TVs based on the firmware for the new line coming out.

I must say though, I thought it was genius to put a keyboard on the back of the remote - until I set up the TV and saw how 'not smart' the apps were.... Would have been a great remote for my parents LG smart TV though, or if I could use it w/ my xbox... but upon seeing the 'co-star' box with the same remote next to it for Google TV - I almost wanted to call up Vizio and demand the same Google TV firmware and/or co-star box for free, with the argument that the TV was advertised as a 'smart TV' :silly:

now someone with more knowledge than me get to hacking this thing!!!
 

goldenpipes

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maybe theres a way to download the firmware from the new model tv's and flash it to the older tvs?

i have the vizio E422VL which has no uPNP/DLNA support but the E422VLE has UPNP support. I thin kits like 1 year newer or something so this sorta bums me out. :(
 

jonas18

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Wireshark the TV on power up

Grab a small 5 port switch.
Plug your laptop in and the tv to the switch.
Start wireshark - see what protocols are coming from the tv. TCP dhcp request likely first and probably some other boot protocols.

My guess is the tv looks for a tftp server first and then attempts to grab stuff to update or look for messages to update.

Wireshark should be used in conjunction with angry ip scanner, to determine what's listening and on what protocol.
 
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    My hope is that they at least add Yahoo View. The app is currently mostly pointless, but the finished version should end up being pretty much the same as Hulu Free but accessible by mobile devices, not just PCs.
    It would add some new life to these TVs.
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    Impressive that this thread has been going for 2-3+ years. Having a ball running PMS on an old Linux box, paired with my Vizio E420i-b0 (2014?) but incredibly disappointed i can't natively access HBO go. Not really looking to buy yet another device to hang around the television, but considered picking up a $30 Chromecast as the SoC seems to be incredibly underpowered and after a while of running Plex, YouTube, whatever app the responsiveness of the tv begins to slow to a crawl -- at certain points you cannot even turn the volume up or down... it'll remember every button press on the remote, but sometimes the delay in reaching the tv is more than 30 seconds. The gf has been using the Plex app on our old Vizio more than Netflix lately, that's a really good sign. It just works.

    Bravo to everyone who still gets excited about the potential of these type things. Appreciate this community.
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    Hidden Menu/Browser on Vizio E32-C1

    I have a Vizio E32-C1 2015 that I picked up a few months ago. The Vizio e-series are a pretty good deal IMHO.

    I was trying to turn it on in the dark the other day, and ended up pressing some unknown button combination as I fumbled in the dark.

    The result was rather surprising, the TV turned on and revealed a gray screen (from the look of it it was an HTML form) with the title "Opera App Launcher". Below the title was an input field and a submit button. Next to the input field in parentheses was the text "(0-9)".

    I was able to move from element on the page from the arrow navigation buttons on the remote.

    So I entered the number '5' from my remote, and hit the submit button. After a few seconds the Vizio official website loaded up. I was able to navigate the page and browse, but couldn't find a way to return to the grey screen or enter a URL manually.

    So far I've had no luck finding what button combo I entered. From searching the web I've gotten no hits about how to get into the service menu from the e-series, let alone anyone else who has encountered the "Opera App Launcher".

    Has anyone else seen anything like this? I'm really eager to get low-level access to my Smart TV.
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    While there might be a good amount of interest with this. I dont see work being done on it, as theres no central OS each tv would be completely different.
    Plus its alot easier to attach a small computer to the tv and go from there

    Sent from my GT-N7000 using xda premium

    I have a Vizio E3D470VX and decided to probe the wazoo out of it. nmap reports on an OS request it's replying Linux, but it's also responding and sending out SSDP requests (most likely the multi media network detection that's incomplete in this model).

    The only open port through the network hookup is 13000. I started this little adventure in a hope of finding a backdoor so I might control my TV with my Kindle (yes, I'm that darn ?lazy? :)) I can't seem to figure out what this port is yet.. No matter what sequence I try sending the port, it closes after a varying input sequence (UDP). Via TCP, it just auto closes.

    nmap hasn't the foggiest either, even after a deep scan+UDP run on the port. But it does look like the TV has a sort of firewall response to SYN flooding, that was comical as I saw the spread between identification attempts widen from 10ms to 8000ms over a period of 6 minutes.

    So, I'd be VERY interested in taking a closer look at this particular port opening. I might not go as far as to jack with the USB ports, sides, who knows if they are even active for sideloading. My real question is... is there some port connection software out there already that will run input/output test sequences to an ip address via TCP/UDP/etc and log the results to a log? I hate recreating a wheel if there's already a tool.
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    Hi~ After years of lurking I finally have made an XDA account just to breathe life into this sometimes-resurrectable 2012 topic.

    I'm a relative newb in the tech world--a couple of years back XDA helped me flash my kindle fire 7 and I'd never ripped the back of a board off and I think it awoke something menacing and wonderful in me. Anyway, I'm still young enough be so ambitious as to waste my time recycling stuff like this so I'll be heckin' around with Kali to follow the breadcrumbs left here and snoop around the sources y'all have pointed to ambiguously. Just wanted to remind yins that your mischievous approaches and technical guidance for the curious inspires babes all the time. There may be smarter solutions (trust I make this ol' E3D420VX work for me even if it's as a glorified monitor) but I love all of you who persevere to climb mountains just to get there. I'll be back someday~

    Gonna drop links to more sources to add to the breadcrumb log: