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  1. Brilliant! Can you please explain how? What software did you use?
  2. That would indicate your drive is dead or has been swapped and/or formatted. Theres no way to repair that, in order to clone the drive, you need the original image files. Return it if you can.
  3. Im still exploring cloning the drive, its just been on the back burner awhile now so no new updates. Im confident it can be done.
  4. I couldnt follow the traces to anything by eye and I hadnt my multi at hand to test for any continuity points. I'll let you know if I find anything useful. 2 useful ones I can think of, that the CS100 would have enough "oomph" to run would be the Dune HD for its media player capabilities and possibly Netgear router to use as a wireless access point/file sharing server.
  5. Fantastic work Nimrud! I havent had much time to look into this in recent weeks. The last time I looked at it tho, I was looking into the hardware and stripped the unit down to the bare PCB to try find out a little more about it. Heres the main PCB for anyone who hasnt seen it bare, for Full Hi Res images see here and here. CPU (Purple square) Is an SMP8673 as was found in the CPUinfo file. With further inspection the full model number is SMP8673B00-CBE3 manufactured by sigma designs specially for use in media players, set top boxes and IPTV devices. Full spec sheet h
  6. Dont really have the time now to post everything in detail, but I stripped the unit down to the bare PCB last night and done a lot of research on the hardware and figuring out how it operates. Also found what I think is some very useful info on the software side of things. Will update with a mega post over the weekend when I get a chance.
  7. Is there a way to make an Image of the whole drive rather than the 5 individual partitions? Also, dont suppose has anyone tried replacing the drive with a cleanly wiped drive? Kind of curious to know if it'll rebuild itself or prompt for a firmware file or something on boot up
  8. Been digging around online myself. It appears our exact Kernal was also used in the Eltex-NV102 media player. Looks to be a lot of similarities with the CS100s hardware wise and its been hacked. I found a Russian forum thread here with someone looking to install a version of Astra on the box and it looks like it was possible. Hard to understand the poorly translated Russian.
  9. Picked up one of these myself, if anything just for the drive and a mess with the CS100 itself. I'm a complete novice with Linux and coding, but I am a hardware engineer by trade so I should be able to contribute somewhat to hacking this. Going to pull it apart later and have a good look around.
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