Originally Posted by Blade1001
Hacking the firmware is a little further than I want to go with the 6500 at the minute
Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt?
AFAIK, there are no substantiated reports that installing BadeIP's opentvix firmware can harm your TViX box in any way. Plus, you can always revert to an official Dvico firmware release at any time. But of course, the normal cavets apply, you use opentvix firmware at your own risk. The augmented firmware does not replace Dvico's firmware. Instead, it adds functionality to Dvico's firmware by placing extra executable software on an internal hard disk (or USB disk) and instructs Dvico's firware to locate and execute this additional software at boot time. 95% or more of the functionality of the TViX box still rests with Dvico's firmware, especially the actual playing of media content. The augmented user experience comes from small changes to the user interface, the convenience of being able to automount network drives etc. Oh, and from knowing you're a geek.
I have been running BadeIP's firmware on two TViX boxes ever since the concept first appeared, with never a problem. Your mileage might vary however. Currently running BadEIP_M-6x00_1.3.168.
For those considering trying out opentvix firmware, you should prepare in advance the ability to perform a "safe upgrade" to whatever official version of Dvico's firmware that you prefer (read about how to do this on the MPCclub forums, a search will locate the info). Then you can always return to what you know and love. There is a bit of a learning curve in using the alternate firmware, but it is worth it, at least it has been for me.