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Ken Hokugo
2005-02-07, 13:57
...."drop out" these days?

I was not bothered by this plague while many users were expressing concerns
here, but since my unsuccessful install and thereby uninstall of XP SP2, it
does happen to me from time to time.

The CPU usage under normal circumstances is 10 to 15% while using
Squeezebox. My PC is relatively new, 2.4GHz P4, 1G RAM. I found out that
ZoneAlarm is working busy while playing (vsmon.exe), which is additional 5
to 10% burden. In my case, if I don't open any other windows (multiple
iexplores, for example), the stream is fine (wireless reception is between
45 to 80%). Just one drop every few hours. If I work on the PC and play SB
simultaneously, then the situation tends to worsen to the point where music
drops every 10 seconds.

I have not been closely monitoring the development wrt this symptom here
(because it was not happening to me), and I would like to hear the
experiences of others and how you manage it. I have installed the 2/5
nightly 5.4.1.

Thanks in advance.

Ken

John Gorst
2005-02-08, 00:04
Ken Hokugo wrote:
> ...."drop out" these days?
>
> I was not bothered by this plague while many users were expressing
> concerns here, but since my unsuccessful install and thereby uninstall
> of XP SP2, it does happen to me from time to time.
>
> The CPU usage under normal circumstances is 10 to 15% while using
> Squeezebox. My PC is relatively new, 2.4GHz P4, 1G RAM. I found out
> that ZoneAlarm is working busy while playing (vsmon.exe), which is
> additional 5 to 10% burden. In my case, if I don't open any other
> windows (multiple iexplores, for example), the stream is fine (wireless
> reception is between 45 to 80%). Just one drop every few hours. If I
> work on the PC and play SB simultaneously, then the situation tends to
> worsen to the point where music drops every 10 seconds.
>
> I have not been closely monitoring the development wrt this symptom here
> (because it was not happening to me), and I would like to hear the
> experiences of others and how you manage it. I have installed the 2/5
> nightly 5.4.1.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Ken

Is there a way to up the priority of the slimserver exe or service?
I found this helped a lot on my underpowered linux box.

However when I used to run slimserver on a p4 1.6 512mb it ran fine,
even with the extra burden of a locally connected softsqueeze.

Perhaps you should experiment with out zone alarm? I find any windows
firewall to be insanely stupid - I just rely on a hardware router doing NAT.

John Gorst
2005-02-08, 00:09
> Is there a way to up the priority of the slimserver exe or service?
> I found this helped a lot on my underpowered linux box.
>
> However when I used to run slimserver on a p4 1.6 512mb it ran fine,
> even with the extra burden of a locally connected softsqueeze.

Shoudl add when I was running slimserver on XP on the above amchine.

> Perhaps you should experiment with out zone alarm? I find any windows
> firewall to be insanely stupid - I just rely on a hardware router doing
> NAT.