Root for Sony Google TV with Unsigned Kernels via GTV Hacker

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  1. DF Smod

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    If your a die hard Android fan you might have a Google TV or two in your house - well if you do and it's a Sony, your in luck :)


    The day has finally arrived that we can access root on our Sony Google TV's, thanks to GTV Hacker the Eagle = Blu-ray Player & Asura = Sony GoogleTV Panel are both exploitable and with a computer and 4 512mb USB sticks it's easily accomplished


    With root you get

    • 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)
    Personally I'll be knee deep with this today - hopefully we will see a Revue exploit in the near future

    Visit the blog for instructions and be sure to follow @GtvHacker on twitter


    Blog

    Root Instructions
     
    #1 DF Smod, Feb 20, 2012
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    I had no idea you can root your GTV.. :blink: Or a TV for that matter. That's awesome! Looks like I'm going to have to invest my money in TV's now(definitely not as much as I buy new phones, though).
     
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    This is great stuff! Thanks for the awesome find tp76!
     
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    Nice! Looks like I'll be busy today...trying to find two more flash drives.

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    Same, but from the instructions, it seems like you could get away with only using 2 flash drives. Only USB 1 is used multiple times.
     
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    Nice, i'm still hoping i can root my trash can to empty itself out :blink:
     
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    I thinking I'm going to do the same I have my flash drives ready‚ but I think I'm going to wait. It blocks updates which would protect root but if this doesn't keep support it would be nice to be able to get back to stock to accept updates.

    Edit: Boredom set in and having the flash drives ready was too much. Took the plunge and everything works great. Only thing was wifi scan wouldn't detect my network. I powered my unit off then on and it found the network. Now to play around!


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  8. DF Smod

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    I knocked it out out yesterday afternoon and had the same wifi issue, a reboot solved it - running smooth as can be :)
     
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    Rooting a TV, now that is awesome. May have to be my next purchase :smile-b:
     
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    TRying to get his done But I have not done much DOS & I am having trouble understanding how to do the following.
    Do I use the dos command prompt or do I use the dd.exe prompt that comes up when I click on it in the tools directory.
    Either way I get nothing.

    Navigate into the Tools/ directory.
    Plug USB drive #1 in and then enter the following command into the command line:

    dd.exe --list

    Find the matching volume information for the inserted USB drive. This can be done easiest by matching the drive letter for the USB drive in "My Computer" to the corresponding "\\.\e:" (assuming the drive letter is e:). The format of the list should have the same syntax as the following:

    \\.\Volume{046ee4df-3db8-11e1-836e-000c29b70b00}\
    link to \\?\Device\Harddisk1\DP(1)0-0+11
    removeable media
    Mounted on \\.\e:
     
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    Help - I am not getting how to find the volume info of the usb drive as shown in the wiki.
     
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    You must know what drive your usb is in, if it's E drive then after running the dd.exe --list command find the corresponding volume information that matches your drive which for example purposes is E

    To select from a command prompt right click and I believe you select copy, highlight this part \\.\Volume{046ee4df-3db8-11e1-836e-000c29b70b00}

    ...and select enter to copy, move on to the next step, the dd.exe command had to be ran for every drive but after you get one down the rest are a breeze :)
     
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