MCI730 status update – bootable kernel and mplayer package

Some updates on my Philips status: I finally was able to get bootable kernel. Problem was in supplied kernel configuration (.config) – it does not contain references to the required GPIO devices. After enabling them – kernel loads. But it does not work as expected – screen resolution is wrong, there are some problems with I2C bus. Now its clear that provided package is not containing up to date sources for the device. I requested updates from Philips, but it is not clear if they will provide them (they should by GPL).

Also for testers I did binary package with mplayer 1.1. I tested it with some sound formats (MP3, AAC+, FLAC, WAVPACK, APE and OGG) – everything works fine. Only problem I had was AAC+ with bitrate > 128k – seems that this CPU is not powerful enough for this job, everything else is good, including network playing. To use it – unpack it on your flash drive, insert it to the device and use wrapper from telnet. E.g.


One note – I am not [yet] aware how to switch device inputs, so before first run switch to the “Internet Radio” mode. Please drop me a not it it works for you.

Update: it is also possible possible to run mplayer with output on the screen:
openvt 1 /tmp/sda1/mplayer/

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3 thoughts on “MCI730 status update – bootable kernel and mplayer package

  1. David says:

    Hello. Looks like you are doing fantastic work. well done. I too have a mci730 and took it back to the local Philips dealer 4 times for software failures. But as they could not reproduce them they never refunded me. It worked more or less fine as long as i didnt plug the ps3 into it and activate aux. if i did that the cd would fail to open and over time would never come out of standby without a hard reset. But today it wont boot.. the red light comes on but nothing else, removing the power cable and waiting doesn’t work either… Any ideas ? Does your firmare on sourceforge fix any problems? is it complete? Thank you in advance and keep up the good work.

    • sammczk says:

      You can try to boot in rescue mode:

      1. Disconnect power cord and wait 10-15 second.
      2. Press eject button and keep it pressed
      3. Turn on power plug and wait 5-10 seconds.

      It should beep and start loading in fw update mode. If it works – you can try to load my rootkit package and get the shell.

      • David says:

        Cheers! In the end I ended up getting a proper Amp and surround speakers (A dennon 3000) and keeping the speakers from the 730 for L and R. I now have the 730 in the gym with some old speakers that do the job and because I am not using audio out or CD, just streaming from DLNA, it doesn’t get a chance to hang. Thank you for your reply though!

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