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Simon McKay-Mills
2005-01-21, 14:29
All,

I am trying to repeat various people's success with alienbbc on a windows
box. The plugin is visible on the device, on the gui, but nothing plays.
Neil's mplayer test below works on the server side, but silence is all I get
from the unit itself. Very frustrating!

Any clues from those who have managed it on windows gratefully received


Regards

Simon


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Neil Sleightholm
Sent: 13 January 2005 08:17
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Subject: [slim] AlienBBC Beta - Windows

Thanks to Triode I got a sneak preview of this before Christmas and thought
I would share my experiences with this on Windows (XP and Server 2003).
Note: I have only tried this with SlimServer V5.4.1.

Codecs: I find I only need 2 files in the codecs folder
"Bin\MSWin32-x86-multi-thread\codecs". These are cook3260.dll which you can
get from the mplayer site (look for rp9win32codecs.zip) and pncrt.dll. This
second file seems to be part of the realplayer installation as I had it on
my PC which has real installed but not on my server.

convert.conf: I have added the option "-vo null" to the mplayer command
line. I'm not sure how necessary this is but it did stop an error message
about it trying to load a codec.

Debugging: to check mplayer works use this command line:
mplayer -really-quiet -vo null -cache 32
rtsp://rmlivev8.bbc.net.uk/farm/*/ev7/live24/radio4/live/r4_dsat_g2.ra
To check that you can save to a wav file, use:
mplayer -vo null -cache 32 -ao pcm -aofile test.wav
rtsp://rmlivev8.bbc.net.uk/farm/*/ev7/live24/radio4/live/r4_dsat_g2.ra
(after it has been running for a while hit escape and check you can play
test.wav)

If you want to check an rpm url you need to add "-playlist" before the url.

I tend to test this out by using the command line "perl -w slimserver.pl
--d_plugins --d_parse" to see if there are any errors before running it with
the NT service. To do this you will need perl installed on you PC. (Note:
this is not necessary but for now you will need to get it anyway so that you
can copy the HTML perl libraries - I believe these are being added to the
main slim distribution).

General: this works really well! I find the "listen again" stuff seems to
work without a problem. Listening to Radio 1 or 4 live can be problematic
but I am starting to think this may be a problem at the BBC end as I even
get problems using mplayer directly.

Thank you to Jules and Triode for all there hardwork on this (and for
answering my daft questions!).

Neil

Triode
2005-01-21, 14:34
Simon,

Stop the server and restart it from the command line (open a command window change directory to the directory with slim.exe in and
type:)

slim --d_plugin --d_parse --d_remotestream --d_source

what is shown on the command window when you try to play something?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Simon McKay-Mills" <simon (AT) mckay-mills (DOT) demon.co.uk>
To: "'Slim Devices Discussion'" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 9:29 PM
Subject: [slim] AlienBBC Beta - Windows


> All,
>
> I am trying to repeat various people's success with alienbbc on a windows
> box. The plugin is visible on the device, on the gui, but nothing plays.
> Neil's mplayer test below works on the server side, but silence is all I get
> from the unit itself. Very frustrating!
>
> Any clues from those who have managed it on windows gratefully received
>
>
> Regards
>
> Simon
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Neil Sleightholm
> Sent: 13 January 2005 08:17
> To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> Subject: [slim] AlienBBC Beta - Windows
>
> Thanks to Triode I got a sneak preview of this before Christmas and thought
> I would share my experiences with this on Windows (XP and Server 2003).
> Note: I have only tried this with SlimServer V5.4.1.
>
> Codecs: I find I only need 2 files in the codecs folder
> "Bin\MSWin32-x86-multi-thread\codecs". These are cook3260.dll which you can
> get from the mplayer site (look for rp9win32codecs.zip) and pncrt.dll. This
> second file seems to be part of the realplayer installation as I had it on
> my PC which has real installed but not on my server.
>
> convert.conf: I have added the option "-vo null" to the mplayer command
> line. I'm not sure how necessary this is but it did stop an error message
> about it trying to load a codec.
>
> Debugging: to check mplayer works use this command line:
> mplayer -really-quiet -vo null -cache 32
> rtsp://rmlivev8.bbc.net.uk/farm/*/ev7/live24/radio4/live/r4_dsat_g2.ra
> To check that you can save to a wav file, use:
> mplayer -vo null -cache 32 -ao pcm -aofile test.wav
> rtsp://rmlivev8.bbc.net.uk/farm/*/ev7/live24/radio4/live/r4_dsat_g2.ra
> (after it has been running for a while hit escape and check you can play
> test.wav)
>
> If you want to check an rpm url you need to add "-playlist" before the url.
>
> I tend to test this out by using the command line "perl -w slimserver.pl
> --d_plugins --d_parse" to see if there are any errors before running it with
> the NT service. To do this you will need perl installed on you PC. (Note:
> this is not necessary but for now you will need to get it anyway so that you
> can copy the HTML perl libraries - I believe these are being added to the
> main slim distribution).
>
> General: this works really well! I find the "listen again" stuff seems to
> work without a problem. Listening to Radio 1 or 4 live can be problematic
> but I am starting to think this may be a problem at the BBC end as I even
> get problems using mplayer directly.
>
> Thank you to Jules and Triode for all there hardwork on this (and for
> answering my daft questions!).
>
> Neil
>
>

Daniel Cohen
2005-01-21, 15:20
On 21/1/05 at 9:29 pm +0000, Simon McKay-Mills wrote
>General: this works really well! I find the "listen again" stuff seems to
>work without a problem. Listening to Radio 1 or 4 live can be problematic
>but I am starting to think this may be a problem at the BBC end as I even
>get problems using mplayer directly.

What kind of problems? With a totally different setup (using Audio
Hijack Pro to record live BBC) I often find the Radio 4 (and other)
live streams stop after ten minutes or so. I am inclined to think
this is a BBC problem.
--
Daniel Cohen