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All posts tagged "hack"

Friday, April 16, 2010

OpenZDK, "First True Hack" for Zune Released

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune News" @ 12:00 PM


"While the XNA game development platform aims to provide a framework that makes game development accessible to the masses, on the Zune this translates to no 3D, no Internet access, and a performance penalty of around an order of magnitude - all when the hardware is right there. That's about to change. Through the work of myself as well as Netrix, Nurta, and the rest of the ZuneBoards Development Front, all Zune models, including the Zune HD, have been hacked. The first true hack available for the Zune, this makes it possible to, for the first time, run applications directly on top of the Zune firmware, with full access to everything XNA withheld before. The limitations of XNA are now no limitations at all."

It's been a long time coming, but it seems Zune's finally got a real hack to call its own. Details are sparse at the moment, but it looks like the ZuneBoards Development team have managed to skirt a number of the restrictions imposed by the sandboxed XNA framework allowing homebrew games to run as first class citizens like their Microsoft-developed counterparts. This means better web access, stronger 3D APIs, and hopefully no device restarting on application exit. There's also talk of an app store similar to iPhone Jailbreak's Cydia app in the works. For now, the release is mostly aimed at developers with a knowledge of C++ and OpenGL (no C# or XNA here), but users can test out the exploit tool now too. Hit up the read link for more information. Here's hoping we start to see some mind-blowing apps soon enough.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Windows Media Player, Meet Zune

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 06:02 AM


Are you tired of the Zune software? Would you like to use the standard Windows Media Player to synchronize your content with Zune? Well, one Zune enthusiast has set out on a quest to do just that. A user over at Zunerama is getting tantalizingly close, getting WMP to see the Zune and its content, but not yet synchronizing. You can follow his progress here. "Why bother?", you may ask? Well, some see no need in having another hacked-up copy of WMP (Zune software) when you already have WMP installed, and of course there's always "W?BIC".

Tags: hack, wmp

Friday, May 4, 2007

Import Additional File Types Into Zune

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 06:30 AM


"This is a mod made so that the Zune program will support more types of video, audio, and image extensions... The goal of this mod is to make it so multiple new file extensions can be played and/or synced with the Zune device in the Zune program."

A poster over at Zune Boards has devised a registry hack that will allow the Zune Software to import a host of new file types into your library, including DVR-MS files. (Why Zune hasn't officially supported DVR-MS files yet is completely baffling to me.) Many of these file types won't be playable within the Zune software, however the software will convert the files for playback on your Zune device, and of course sync these files with your Zune when you next connect. Check out the above link for more details and support file types.

Tags: video, hack

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Hack To Remove "Guest" Syncing Feature

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Software" @ 05:55 AM


"I am very excited today to inform you all of a new hack created [ZuneBoards] Marshillboy...What does this do you may ask? Well, this hack will eliminate "Guest Syncing" forever. It's hard to explain, so I've brought some visual aids..."

Marshillboy over had ZuneBoards has developed and released a hack for the Zune software which conveniently removes the "guest" syncing feature. This allows any Zune to sync with a hacked systems as if it where the "home" pc for that Zune.

Tags: hack, guest

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Getting the Zune Software To See DivX Files

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Content Creation & Management" @ 05:00 PM


"By default the Zune software will not accept or transcode DiVX, XViD, and MPEG files with .AVI extensions. Zune Scene forum members have developed a couple ways to circumvent the problem, the simplest is a registry hack that will allow the videos to be added to the Zune software:"

A clever poster over at Zune Scene has devised a registry hack that will allow your Zune software to "see" and convert DivX files, as well as a few other formats. This hack does not add DivX support to the Zune software or the Zune player itself. This hack simply allows the Software to add these files to your library. The next time your Zune is synced, these files will be automatically converted to the Zune's native WMV format synced over to your Zune. You cannot however, play the original files from within the Zune software. Some posters have noted that the quality of these converted files can vary, so be warned. Check out the above link for all the details on this registry hack.

Tags: hack, divx

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Zune FM Transmitter Range Hack

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Accessories" @ 07:30 PM


"This mod will guide you through the steps necessary to open your Zune FM transmitter and connect a longer antenna to inscrease the range. Estimated Mod Time: 25-35 minutes. Mod Difficulty: Difficult"

Like opening your gadgets? Have a penchant for solder fumes? Desperately need your Zune's FM Transmitter to broadcast further? Take a look at this hack, it will give your transmitter a greater range. You know, so you can listen to your Zune from within your trunk. ;-) Seriously though, does anyone find the transmission range lacking? Enough to void your warranty and possibly invoke the wrath of the FCC?

Monday, January 15, 2007

Video of Zune Running Linux

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 05:30 PM


"A tip like "omg its true. mys videl was really workin on teh zune linux." doesn't really inspire confidence -- in the story, or in the future of mankind -- but if this YouTube video is to be believed, it seems as if some foolio named "MysVidel," who can't even manage to get a camera to focus properly, has hacked up his Zune to run Linux."

A video has surfaced which apparently shows Linux running on a Zune. Unfortunately the "hacker" has spent too much time loading Linux, and not enough time learning to run a video camera, so the video is very poor to say the least. The question, though, is if this is a true hack, or a clever individual timing his button presses with cleverly created video playing on the Zune? The juror is still out, but I have my serious doubts about the legitimacy of this particular video.

Tags: video, hack, linux

What's Really on Your Zune Hard Drive

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 02:32 PM


"The so-called "Zune Hard Drive Hack" that everyone is talking about does *NOT* give you direct access to the hard drive !!!! In reality the true hard drive looks a lot different than what you see in Windows Explorer. What you are seeing in Windows Explorer is a filtered (fake) view. For most casual Zune owners, the difference doesn't matter. For people seriously trying to access/hack the Zune, it is very significant."

ZunePet, as poster over at Zunerama, has discovered that the performing the hard drive hack to allow direct access to Zune's hard drive is really a filtered view of the hard drive. The poster also has a method to allow complete access to the hard drive, including two separate partitions. This information is only relevant if you are trying to hack the Zune's software, and really doesn't come into play if you want to use your Zune as a portable storage device. Be sure to check out this tip if you really want to see the contents of your Zune's drive.

Tags: hack, hard drive, hd

Monday, December 4, 2006

Hey Mr. DJ, Play that Song Again

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 08:30 AM


"Ever want to share the same song on your Zune again? Here’s How!"

(Photo Courtesy Gizmodo)

Zune's sharing feature currently gives you three plays or three days to listen to shared content. Once a song has been shared with another Zune, you cannot share that same song with the device again. Using the hard-drive access hack, and these five steps from FadeproofOnline, you can wipe all knowledge of shared songs from the Zune, enabling you to share a song for another three plays. The Zune hacks keep rolling in!

Tags: sharing, share, hack

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Getting Around Zune Sharing DRM

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 04:00 PM


"We knew it would be done sooner or later, and now that we have the mod to use your Zune as a portable hard drive, a method to bypass the Zune's WiFi sharing DRM is finally here."

I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before the Zune DRM is cracked, just like about all other DRM schemes. In the mean time, utilizing ZuneBoard's hard drive hack, there is a workaround, albeit a rather cumbersome one, to send a DRM-less file using Zune's WiFi sharing. Check out the above Gizmodo article for the all the details. This workaround, basically tricking the Zune into sending a file as a photo, involves a little too much manual work for what can easily be accomplished, sans-Zune. Since both ends require a PC and the hard drive hack before the file is usable, what's the point? I guess W?BIC is the answer! :)

Tags: wifi, drm, hack

Accessing the Zune Hard Drive

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 11:00 AM


"This tutorial will tell you how to add, edit, create new files on the Zune, without using the software supplied by the Zune team."

For those of you just dying to be able to directly access your Zune's hard drive, well this hack is for you. Notice the Zune device icon in the above screenshot? Check out this helpful tutorial for the steps need to access your Zune as a USB hard drive. Hopefully this will be a standard feature of Zune with a future update. While this is a standard feature of many of today's portable devices, I've never had much need for the feature myself. Do you ever have a need to access your portable media player's storage?

Hacks for Zune: Support for x64

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 06:05 AM


No support for "XYZ"? No problem. The Zune community has its way of dealing with this sort of stuff. The latest hack enables support for the 64-bit version of Windows XP Professional, which should benefit some of you. Now, when Microsoft will enable official support for this, along with Windows Vista is anyone's guess.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Zune Software on Vista? You Bet! Here's How...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Software" @ 08:00 AM


"As many of you will know, I recently purchased a Microsoft Zune player (to replace my lost iPod, which never surfaced no thanks to crappy Iberia!). Unfortunately, days before the arrival of my Zune from the USA, I made the switch to Windows Vista. This meant that, when the Zune arrived, I couldn't sync it up with my media-stuffed laptop, as in their infinite wisdom, Microsoft have decided NOT to make a Vista friendly version of the software available yet. DOH! So I set about seeing if the XP software could run happily on Vista! It does... and here's how I did it!"

Paul over at MoDaCo, rather famous for hacking Windows Mobile devices in various ways, has turned his attention to the Zune software - and voilà, he came up with a way to make it work. Way to go Paul! Until Microsoft releases the official update, this looks like an excellent solution for all you early adopter Vista users.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Gear Live Dissects The Zune, Saves Me $249

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 07:00 PM


"So we have been playing around with a couple of Zune’s here at Gear Live HQ for a little bit, and decided that we would give you all a peek at the innards of Microsoft’s soon-to-launch digital media player. Jump on over to our Zune Dissection Gallery to get a glimpse of each and every piece that is inside the device that you will all be wanting come November 14. We snapped over 40 images of the take-apart process, so we hope you enjoy it. No worries, the Zune wasn’t harmed in the least, and is now back together, fully functional."

Well, it looks like the folks over at GearLive saved me $250. Why you might ask? Well, I was going to purchase an extra Zune, crack it open, and post the first Zune dissection story online. And they beat me to it. Damn. Well, looking on the bright side, at least I won't have to do this now. I have an idea I may try to implement if I'm feeling brave though, so who knows, I may end up cracking one open yet. I'll have to watch their video first to make sure I can re-assemble it afterwards.

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