How to Build a Dreambox From a Computer

By Gary Huff

Dreambox is a Linux-powered receiver, capable of decoding signals from satellite and digital cable. Because the software that powers the Dreambox is based on Linux, that means that one can basically build Dreambox receiver firmware with their PC, thus adding functionality and/or desired customizations. Tinkering about with firmware requires a fair bit of knowledge on the part of the user, but the actual process of doing so is rather straightforward.

Things You'll Need

  • Linux

Step 1

Install Linux onto the computer. There are many variations and flavors of Linux available, some of the most popular are Ubuntu and Fedora.

Step 2

Update your Linux version once it is installed. Make sure that all the components of your Linux installation are up-to-date by using the Updater utility from the System Administration panel.

Step 3

Click on "System", then "Administration", and finally select "Synaptic Package Manager". You will want to install the following packages to allow you to build the Dreamweaver box: cvs, autoconf, automake, libtool, gettext, make, makeinfo, tar, bunzip2, gunzip, patch, infocmp, gcc, g++, flex, bison, pkg-config, wget, libpng2 or 3, and the FTP server of your choice

Step 4

Download the Dreambox software image that matches the specs of the box you are building. This software can be found at such websites as or Digital Video Broadcasting Tools.

Step 5

Compile the image once you have made the necessary changes and use the "Make Flash-compress" command to create the image that you can use to flash your Dreambox with your new custom build.