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Rob McKaughan
2005-05-09, 11:32
I recently got an SB2 and found that I have 2 persistent playback problems. 1: part way through a song, playback suddenly gets very choppy (i.e 0.5 sec burst of song, 3 sec of silence, repeat for about 15 minutes). 2: (probably unrelated) after playing a lot of songs for a long time, the Now Playing display shows a different song title than is actually playing.

Known problems or ways to further debug this?

Details:
Problem 1:
Mid-song, the player will suddenly get very choppy, playing bits of the song for about 0.5 sec burst followed by several seconds of silence. Listening to the little bursts, it appears that it is very slowly making its way through the song. Eventually it will clear itself up & return to normal. (when the song ends?? I've never waited around to see).

Seems like a communication issue, but: SB2 reports that wireless strength is about 70%. Also, I'm sitting right next to it with my laptop and am having no problems connecting to the server to troubleshoot it. From the laptop, I can use the web interface on the server to control the SB just fine. There is no other traffic on the WLAN.

If I hit pause & play - the SB2 continues playing with skips. If I hit Stop & play, the SB2 starts playing and plays the song just fine.

While in the choppy state, I checked the server (winxp) - it was idle - very little cpu & plenty of free memory. The slim.exe was seemed normal. As far as I know there was no library rescan in progress.

Seems to happen most when I play a lot of songs over a long time - e.g. tell it to play all songs from the same artist and leave it playing for a few days.


Problem 2:
After playing a lot of songs, the player's Now Playing display will eventually not show the same song title as what's actually playing. The web interface shows the same thing that the display does - i.e the wrong song title.

Seems to happen most when I play large numbers of songs (e.g. all of the songs in my entire collection, or all songs by a favorite artist), and not with small numbers of songs (e.g. one album). None of these are from a playlist (due to other problems I don't use playlists at the moment: http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1506)


The server's an 2GHz Athalon w/ 1G mem wired to a microsoft 802.11g hub. The music library is a mix of mp3's and wma's. Server version: 6.0.1-2895.


Thanks all!

Pétur
2005-05-28, 06:32
I have noticed issue 2, since I upgraded to 6.0.2 I think.... After letting SB2 play for some time, it lags in song name!

So I have it now showing song 4 of CD 3 while the display says song 8 from CD 2 (several songs behind).

I'm wondering why nobody else is noticing this?

I'm about to downgrade to 6.0.1 as this is really annoying!

Peter

kdf
2005-05-28, 07:46
Quoting Pétur <Ptur.1pqusb (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

>
> I have noticed issue 2, since I upgraded to 6.0.2 I think.... After
> letting SB2 play for some time, it lags in song name!

sound like this one:
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1304
>
> I'm wondering why nobody else is noticing this?

If the link above matches what you are seeing, then yes others have noticed.
They just, quite reasonably, don't post about it daily becuase it is already a
known issue. This particular bug was originally reported by one of the members
of Slim Devices support.

There were some recent changes made to 6.1 builds in order to fix a few other
now playing slips. I never managed to see bug 1304 happen myself so I could
not confirm that it was also fixed by these same changes. Depending on what is
causing the slip, there is a good chance that this HAS been fixed already in
the 6.1 builds, but it is waiting as an open bug until someone can confirm a
recurrence or that it is fixed.

cheers,
kdf

jaw
2005-05-28, 10:20
Quoting Pétur <Ptur.1pqusb (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

>
> I have noticed issue 2, since I upgraded to 6.0.2 I think.... After
> letting SB2 play for some time, it lags in song name!

sound like this one:
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1304
>
> I'm wondering why nobody else is noticing this?



yes, I see this, and am able to reliably reproduce the problem.
I will update above bug report.

JJZolx
2005-05-28, 10:44
There were some recent changes made to 6.1 builds in order to fix a few other
now playing slips. I never managed to see bug 1304 happen myself so I could
not confirm that it was also fixed by these same changes. Depending on what is
causing the slip, there is a good chance that this HAS been fixed already in
the 6.1 builds, but it is waiting as an open bug until someone can confirm a
recurrence or that it is fixed.

I've seen it as recently as three days ago with a very recent 6.1 build. I noticed it in the web interface, but didn't realize that it was a known bug and that the player UI might also be off, so I couldn't say if both player and the web interface were displaying the wrong track.
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