Toshiba HD DVD Players Are Running Windows CE

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on December 13, 2007 
Filed Under: Format War, HD DVD


Thanks to tapsas on AVSForum, you can see a diagnostic screen on your HD DVD player by pressing “Display-1-9-5-Display” on your remote. The interesting thing is, it appears that 2nd Gen and newer HD DVD players are running the Windows CE operating system. If you guys can run this code, please take a picture of the results and post a link in the comments.

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8 Responses to “Toshiba HD DVD Players Are Running Windows CE”

  1. Kevin Murphy on December 13th, 2007 10:57 pm

    And yet they include the GNU public license in every HD DVD manual.  Consider the possibility that the WinCE is embedded in a subsystem, such as the disc controller.

  2. sir colin of hunt on December 14th, 2007 1:04 am

    First off, photos of that info screen have been around for ages already, so it’s not exactly news. Secondly, WinCE is there for HDi applications and nothing else. This has also been covered ages ago on AVS and other forums.

  3. Tyler Pruitt on December 14th, 2007 5:42 am

    Im more interested in comparing the diag. screen from all the different players.

  4. Kevin Murphy on December 14th, 2007 8:43 am

    "Im more interested in comparing the diag. screen from all the different players."More fun that facts, I’ll admit.  The bottom line is that your implication that HDDVD players are controlled via WinCE is incorrect.  The processor runs Linux, and this has been known for some time now.Perhaps a "clarification" would be of service to your readers.

  5. Tyler Pruitt on December 14th, 2007 12:46 pm


    The first gen players were linux based, as i don\’t recall the GPL notice in the box on my XA2 like there was with my HD-A1.

  6. Kevin Murphy on December 15th, 2007 9:16 pm

    Tyler–Go read your manual.  Or try the HD-XA2 manual (pages 64-70).  Included are licenses for the Linux Kernel, Busybox, glibc, Open SSL, and freetype.  Other software is copyrighted by Toshiba.  No mention is made of Microsoft.  Having written firmware for MS, and noting my contractual obligation to avoid Linux in that, I would be shocked to find that Microsoft software cohabiting with Linux.Manual here: will see much the same in the A2 A3 & A30 manuals.  The GPL does not appear in the A35 manual for unknown reasons.    

  7. Kevin Murphy on December 15th, 2007 9:18 pm
  8. Tyler Pruitt on December 15th, 2007 11:18 pm

    Thanks for the info, I guess my follow up post will have a less catchy title ;)

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