Installing OpenWrt on the HooToo TripMate HT-TM05 via TFTP

The HooToo Tripmate HT-TM05 is another great travel router, like the Ravpower but just without an SD slot. Once again we can use the TFTP method to upload the firmware as I have spoken about in detail here. The installation of OpenWrt is painless and adds a lot of functionality to the HooToo router. My favourite thing to do is have it set up to connect to my VPN then I know wherever I go I have a secure connection. You can also install a USB cellular stick for internet connection on the go!

In the video, I suggest the version from the OpenWrt official page, but in fact, newer versions such as the gl-mt300n found here have been confirmed to work too so keep that in mind. With any version of OpenWrt, it’s best to update it after a fresh install. To do so you can login via SSH:

ssh [email protected]

#Change the IP if you’ve changed it from the default

Now we need to get the latest infomation on our installed software:

opkg update

If you have any issues with the previous step ensure you have an internet connection and that it’s not being firewalled. Next, we issue the upgrade command to install the newer versions:

opkg upgrade

This may take a few minutes to complete, once done it’s not completely necessary but its good practice to reboot:


Your router is now up to date!

The opkg tool used above and be really useful, although you can achieve this in luci from the software tab, you can use opkg to install software as well, it’s very much like apt for ubuntu. To install a software package:

opkg install package-name

#Where package name is the name of the software you wish to install, don’t forget pressing tab can help to auto-complete the name if you don’t know the full name of the package.

Installing RTX Voice on a Non-RTX GPU

RTX Voice is an amazing piece of software that I’ve been regularly using on some of my newer videos, it cleverly removes all those background noises you don’t want to hear like computer fans and keyboard and mouse clicks. By design, it’s only supposed to work on the latest Nvidia graphics cards but people soon figured out this was purely a installer limitation no that the software couldn’t run on older hardware, in fact it runs really well, even on GPU’s that are a few generations old, like my own GTX970!

In this video we show you how to install V0.5.12.6 of RTX Voice and modify it not to check your GPU to see if its “compatible”, the result is we can install and use the software!

TFTP setup and install OpenWrt on RAVPower FileHub RP-WD03 Portable Router

The RavPower RP-WD03 is a fantastic little device incorporating a Wireless AP, File server, SD, USB charger and even has an ethernet port! But for me it could be so much more, to unlock its full potential we look to OpenWrt. OpenWrt is an open-source firmware designed for just about any router that will accept it and there are ofton different methods for installing OpenWrt to routers, some can be very invasive but this video is about the TFTP method which is very easy to do.

TFTP stands for Trivial File Transfer Protocol, and sending our firmware file to this little router shall be trivial, by default our router has an inbuilt repair system, no matter what happens (within reason) if you boot the router and hold the reset pin it will always look for a TFTP server and then download a file called “kernel” if it finds this file it will always install it over its system.

This safety feature is designed to be used with the stock firmware to repair it if has become corrupted or any other fault but we use this to our advantage! Instead of the “kernel” file being stock we use the OpenWrt firmware image and rename it, when the RavPower boots it downloads and installs the firmware like its own! Viola a perfect running OpenWrt router!

The disadvantage to OpenWrt on the RavPower RP-WD03 is the memory onboard, with the firmware installed we are left with very little space for any extra software. However, we can overcome this quite easily with an SD card. With an SD installed we can mount it and use it as our main flash, we are planning to make a video in the future on how to do this so make sure you subscribe and leave us a comment if you’re interested!

Beginners Guide to Lock picking and raking

We made this simple guide to help those starting out in lock picking and locksport. When I first started to learn to pick locks I assumed one method fits all and thought that the slow method of picking individual pins was the only tool available to lockpickers, I found out that in fact there are many ways to pick a lock, and one of my other favourites is Raking.

In the video, I start by showing the more well know method and then move on to raking. It can be great to practice with a perspex lock so you can really understand how the lock works, also try not to limit yourself to using the same picks all the time, different picks have different advantages to locks so try to give them all a chance!

Once you’ve mastered these techniques you can move on to more complicated locks and methods, In the future, we will make a video about the Kronos a powerful tool that can automate and speed up the raking process! Make sure you Subscribe for that one.

Delid and apply Liquid Metal guide for Intel CPU’s

Delidding your CPU can be a great way to improve its effeciency and and improve its ability to get heat away from the die. A CPU is only as good as its temperature and depending on your CPU it will throttle at higher temperatures to try to protect itself from over heating and causing damage. When you connect your cooler to your CPU thats really only half the story because no matter what thermal paste you put between your IHS (lid of CPU) and your cooler you will limited by the amount of heat that can be tranfered to the IHS from the Die (The main chip) by the compound between these surfaces.

In most Intel desktop CPU’s you will find an average at best thermal paste between the Die and IHS so this can be very limiting if you are trying to push your CPU to higher limits perhaps with overclocking, gaming or rendering. In my own experience, I have an intel 7700K overclocked to 5Ghz and though I have water cooling and 2x 360 radiators I could never get my temperatures stable until I decided the CPU and replaced the thermal compound with liquid metal, not only are the temperatures more stable the CPU runs at approx 15 degrees cooler.

However, Delidding definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s a very dangerous task and in the worse case, you could destroy your CPU and will definitely void any warranty you have. You cannot rush it and you CPU will be out of action for 24hrs while you let the silicone dry so keep these things in mind.

I’m suggesting liquid metal as our heat transfer compound because it will give the greatest amount of thermal transfer compared to pastes, however, liquid metal as you would expect is conductive and so you do run extra risks by using it of shorting components. I will show you how to combat this in the video but it is always a risk. Liquid metal will also react with Aluminum so if your IHS is Aluminium use something else. If the risk of liquid metal is too great for you you could use the exact same process with thermal paste, without the need to spread it atop the Die and IHS.


Before we start your going to need the following:

• Delid tool (
• IPA Alcohol (
• Microfiber cloth
• Liquid Metal (Thermal Grizzly Conductonaught) (
• Silicone adhesive (High temperature) (
• Non-conducting Nail Varnish (Clear) (

Retrieving Photos and Data from Android phone with a broken screen

After multiple broken screens in the past personally and friends and family, I wanted to share this trick for getting your data back off of a broken Android phone. In this example, I use a USB-C to HDMI and Hub.

We connect the Hub to the phone and then connect via HDMI to a monitor and also connect a keyboard (and mouse optional). Then we power on the phone and press the space twice if you could see the screen now you would be looking at the enter PIN screen. Type your PIN and then you should see your screen on the monitor, from here you can use the keyboard or mouse to navigate the phone. The easiest place to go from here is to settings and then create a could backup of the phone on with google that you can retrieve on a new phone. Otherwise, you could enable USB Debugging, with some tools you could then plug the phone into a computer and download your files without having to unlock the phone and give the USB permission.

If you’re wondering why you cannot see the enter PIN page on your monitor, its a security feature. If you were, for example, projecting your display to a room of people and you turned the screen on and typed your PIN, anyone seeing the screen could see your keypresses and by that your PIN, so for safety that screen never shows on a monitor.

I’ve tested this on multiple Android phones including Huawei, OnePlus and Samsung and has always worked. The other benefit of the USB to HDMI hub is you can always use it again on a working phone and have a mini-computer on the go! Especially if the phone has a Desktop mode like my Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Repair seized Magicool MC-DCP450 (M) water cooling pump

Hello and welcome to Hoddy’s Guides. A blog dedicated to keeping up to date with the content we produce for YouTube. You’ll find all our video’s here and news about upcoming videos!

Lets begin with our first video:

This was our first ever video, brought about after a pump failed and we had to buy a new one, with the system back up and running we dismantled the pump to see how easy it would be to repair the Magicool pump. We found it quite a trivial process and wanted to share this information with the world!

With this easy to follow guide you can recover a seized pump, although you could use other cleaning products we also recommend Mayhems BLITZ kit to thoroughly clean the pump: