Topic: Success!

So, we've been successful in getting a dash to boot into a Control Panel of our creation, activating it on the chumby.com site, and playing apps from channels in existing accounts.

There's still a lot of work to do - disabling the middleware that relies on the soon-to-be-gone dash service, adding the device as a validly supported one, etc.  However, my guess is that we'll be in very good shape before the official shutdown.

The very, very good news is that we've been able to do this without having to modify the Sony firmware - this will work with a stock device that's running the latest (1.7.1526) Sony firmware release.  Should Sony issue another firmware release before the July deadline (which is highly unlikely under the circumstances) please don't install it if you want to carry the device forward with chumby.

In the worst case, you might have to run the device with a USB dongle inserted at all times - you should be able to find one that's small enough to fit with the panel closed - and we're actively working towards a method of doing a one-time install of some software on the device and not needing the dongle from then on.

In any case, the bottom line is that Blue Octy should be able to provide most chumby services to the dash.

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wow.

3 (edited by demarks51 2017-04-10 13:47:51)

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This is very good news. This will extend the life (again) of a product that was destined for the dump.

Will the control panel continue to look/operate as it does now?

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It's still too early to say much about what the Control Panel will be.

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Woohoo! Thanks, Duane.

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Here's a photo of a dash running our CP and a custom theme:

hacked_dash

This theme was originally created to test the entire theme API supported by the dash Control Panel.  Most of the themes that shipped didn't do everything that was possible but this one does.  For somewhat obvious reasons, it never shipped with the product.

The upper section toggles between weather (with 5-day forecast) and the time/calendar, the bottom can be navigated between widgets (with channel picker), photos, videos, and music.

The device was new out-of-the-box, was updated to the latest firmware but has never been activated with Sony's servers.  It's pulling widgets from channels in my personal account.  Activation was done through the same "ovals" method that regular chumby devices use, on chumby.com.

7 (edited by infocastme 2017-04-11 19:36:19)

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Darn you Duane! ( I mean that with love!)

I will now have to get a dash (or 2 or 3 or ...) and add it to my collection. I am sure they will be dumped on Ebay before people know that Duane is supporting them again.

Darn! Darn! Darn!

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Can you pull a rabbit out your hat too?

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thank you so much for giving us Sony users a glimmer of hope to say the least.  BRAVO

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Duane wrote:

... In any case, the bottom line is that Blue Octy should be able to provide most chumby services to the dash.

Thank you, Jeebus!

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And here I was doing research on useful things to do with my dash's parts once it became braindead. You're the best!

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I just signed up to these forums just for this. I am excited for this and looking forward to moving over. Any ETA?

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thrasher086 wrote:

I just signed up to these forums just for this. I am excited for this and looking forward to moving over. Any ETA?

Sorry, it's too early to give an ETA.

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Duane wrote:
thrasher086 wrote:

I just signed up to these forums just for this. I am excited for this and looking forward to moving over. Any ETA?

Sorry, it's too early to give an ETA.

No worries.  Keep up the great work.  We patiently await the fruition of your sorcery.

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Awesome! I'm going to keep a watch on this thread. I would love to fix my Sony Dash.

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"No worries.  Keep up the great work.  We patiently await the fruition of your sorcery."....

yeah I only check once an hour  :-)

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Thanks for putting a light at the end of the tunnel. It's good to hear that I'm not going to have an expensive paperweight.

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I just found this site after I updated my dash this morning - am I screwed?

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nolageek wrote:

I just found this site after I updated my dash this morning - am I screwed?

Hit the top button to bring up the menu bar, hit "Menu", then "System" then "Device Info".

If the entry for "FW" is "1.7.1526" you should be fine.

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I installed the update today and still have "FW" at 1.7.1526. Happy and hoping not to own a brick!

21 (edited by demarks51 2017-05-04 07:13:45)

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I restarted my Dash and it must have updated the CP on its own and I have the same FW but when I push the top button it shows a message of the end of life for the Dash. Maybe there is not harm in this update.

I guess Sony can say that all working units were informed of the last days.

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I just subscribed ... I'm thrilled to find someone working on this! Thank you!

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Certainly would be nice for the Dash not to go in the Trash.  Even though that rhymes.

Anyway, really appreciate your efforts and would be totally willing to pony up $36 bucks to keep her running.

Really disappointed at Sony but in a way surprised it lasted this long....

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Don't do the purported "latest" update pushed out by Sony in April-May 2016, it adds the "end of life" disclaimer and makes the Dash loose some functions early, as compared to not doing the update!

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kircos wrote:

Don't do the purported "latest" update pushed out by Sony in April-May 2016, it adds the "end of life" disclaimer and makes the Dash loose some functions early, as compared to not doing the update!

What functions are disabled?