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    Senior Member paul-'s Avatar
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    Announce: piCorePlayer 3.20 Beta

    Hi, the team is nearing the completion of the release of a new piCorePlayer 3.20. Because of the many significant kernel changes, improvements and bug fixes we decided to offer a public beta. Anyone is free to try the beta, but if you find a problem please post diagnostic data.

    Both version are ready for testing
    1. piCorePlayer3.20beta5 which is a normal version like all previous pCP releases. The kernel and modules are mostly vanilla versions from the official raspberry pi linux source with only a couple of tweaks.

    2. piCorePlayer3.20beta5-Audio version. This version contain all the same improvements as the above normal version. But in addition we have added all the audio related patches that Clive (aka JackOfAll) made for the raspberry kernel. So here we have support for more i2s-DACs and we support higher sample rates etc.
    **Please note: This version is only recommended for I2S soundcards and hardwired network. The optimizations for audio has been known to interfere with wifi, and for sure will make USB soundcards unstable.

    Changelog:
    KERNEL/FIRMWARE changes
    • Kernel 4.9.17
    • rpi firmware 2017/03/31
    • config.txt changes to increase usable memory on rpi2/3 by 16M
    • config.txt changes to decrease videocore memory usage.
    • rpi Zero-W Support
    • Allo Boss and Piano-Plus Support
    • Changed 8192cu driver (same version that OSMC uses)
    • 8812au driver included

    Other PCP changes
    • Squeezelite updated to v1.86-945
    • ffmpeg updated to 3.17
    • wiringpi shared libraries included by default. (Used to be static linked to squeezelite).
    • flac updated to 1.3.2
    • utf8 support for fat32 partitions
    • New card configuration system, will help with speed on squeezelite page. Also allows us to add more specific card information.
    • Set --nomysqueezebox option from web interface
    • Default LMS install is 7.9.0 released verison
    • Great updates to pCP jivelite pacakge. Made possible by mherger
    • pcp Help web site http://picoreplayer.sourceforge.net. This is still a work in progress, where we can easily create web pages with HOTO's and other information. If you have something you would like included, creates a simple web page and let us know.
    • And last but not least, corrections to the inplace update process


    Before you get to excited about the last improvement, We need to make you aware that the images for piCoreplayer 3.11 and prior used a 25MB boot partiion. With the new kernel and overlays piCoreplayer3.20 uses all but 200k (99%) of this space. piCorePlayer 3.20 images will increase to a 32MB boot partition to hopefully future proof that for a while.

    The inplace upgrade will not be offered for the beta phase, but we will make it available at the time of the release. There will be a hotfix needed to make this available.....we will post that fix later.

    The betas can be downloaded here.
    piCorePlayer 3.20 beta.

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    The team
    Paul, Greg, Ralphy and Steen

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    Senior Member kidstypike's Avatar
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    piCorePlayer3.20beta5 - normal version working fine here, thanks for the --nomysqueezebox.com button
    LMS 7.9 on a Raspberry Pi 3/piCorePlayer 3.20, playlists and LMS cache on a USB stick, 25K+ music library on a WD MyCloud network drive,
    Rasberry Pi 2/piCorePlayer 3.02 > HiFiBerry DIGI+ > AudioEngine DAC1 > AVI DM5
    Raspberry Pi 3/piCorePlayer 3.20beta7/HiFiBerry DAC+ > Cambridge Audio Minx 5 (study)
    Rasberry Pi 2/piCorePlayer 3.02 > HiFiBerry DAC+ > Sharp micro system (garage)
    1 x Boom (dining room) - 1 x Touch (used for display and controller only) - 1 x SB3 (spare) - 1 x Radio (spare)

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    Been using for the last few hours and all good

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    Hi Paul-,

    I have tried it on these 3 configurations with success!

    RPi3B
    Wifi (newconfig method)
    HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro
    OK

    RPi2B
    Ethernet
    Analog Audio
    Jivelite
    OK

    RPi0W
    Wifi (newconfig method)
    HDMI Audio
    OK

    regards
    Greg

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    Ralink Wi-Fi not working

    Hi,

    this new release seems to break my RaLink Wi-Fi USB. Looking at the diagnostics all the right drivers are loaded and the USB key is recognised - it just will not connect.

    I have gone back to 3.11 - this works.

    keep up the good work - and thank-you all.

    best regards,

    Richard

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    Rpi2B and Rpi0W working

    I have tested two devices, both on Wifi Network

    Audio Kernel
    Rpi2B with HifiBerry DAC+ and Edimax USB Wifi Dongle

    Vanilla Kernel
    Rpi0W with pHat DAC (HifiBerry DAC as Audio Output)

    Thanks for the good work
    Wetty

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    Senior Member paul-'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by nowhinjing View Post
    Hi,

    this new release seems to break my RaLink Wi-Fi USB. Looking at the diagnostics all the right drivers are loaded and the USB key is recognised - it just will not connect.

    I have gone back to 3.11 - this works.

    keep up the good work - and thank-you all.

    best regards,

    Richard
    Please post the diagnostics.

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    Thanks pCP Team. As always, I appreciate your efforts and admire your code monkey skills

    I'll give this a whirl during the week
    rPi 3 + rasPi 7" LCD + HiFiBerry DiGi+ | rPi 2 + IQaudio DAC+ |rPi 2 + HiFiBerry DAC+ | Squeeze Box Touch | LMS + XPenology on HP Gen 8 |


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    I am having a problem with vanilla version of 3.20.

    System is a Pi 2B/IQAudio DAC+ and I am currently running a wired connection. PCP appears to load correctly and I can access the web GUI without any problem. I have selected the correct output, Squeezelite is running and I can play music.

    The problem is with the display (official Raspberry Pi touch screen). The last output I get is:

    Starting Jivelite .. Done.
    crond syncing time
    crond [631] time disparity of xxx minutes detected

    The display hangs at this point.

    The time zone is set to ECT5. This is correct for my location, Ecuador, and the bar at the bottom of the web GUI is showing the correct date and time.

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    Senior Member paul-'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngloCuencano View Post
    The problem is with the display (official Raspberry Pi touch screen). The last output I get is:

    Starting Jivelite .. Done.
    crond syncing time
    crond [631] time disparity of xxx minutes detected

    The display hangs at this point.
    The startup commands from PCP are perfectly normal. Can you check the diagnostics pages to see if there are errors in dmesg? (or just ssh into your box and run dmesg) You might also check your cables, to make sure you didn't unseat the ribbon cable while changing your SD card.

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