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kweller
2006-02-07, 05:05
I'm not sure this question has an answer but I'm going to ask it
anyway.

Music playback on my Squeezeboxes keeps stopping for some reason and
I'm trying to find and eliminate the cause. The problem is worse when I
have 2 Squeezeboxes synchronised.

I thought the problem might be wireless contention but I've just
eliminated that by connecting the only Squeezebox that is
playing...well until it stopped just now...to a hub.

I currently use a Buffalo Linkstation on a 100mb switched network for
central storage - music, documents, etc. My perception is that is slow
and I wonder whether this is the issue. The Linkstation is also
accessed by other machines in the network for document updates, back-up
and MP3 tag edits so it could possibly be contention on the LAN
connection to the Linkstation.

SlimServer is running on an IBM T23 laptop (1.1Ghz PIII, 512Mb RAM)
which should be more than adequate. The only other things running on
there are MusicMagic and AVG (the MP3 and SlimServer directories are
excluded from the on-access scanner).

I'm wondering storing the MP3s on a USB HDD connected to the laptop via
a USB2 PCMCIA card (only USB1 on board) will improve the situation.

I guess my question boils down to: which is the more efficient of
resources and which is likely to have the greatest throughput - the
Buffalo Linkstation or the external PCMCIA/USB2 HDD?

As an aside, are there any diagnostics I can switch on in SlimServer so
it will log what's going on and, perhaps, help me pinpoint the problem?

(I'm running the 6.2.2 nightly from 5th Feb at the moment but I've had
the problem for longer than that)

Thanks.

Kevin

dropbear
2006-02-07, 09:16
While the Linkstation is a cool peice of kit, it is limited by its relatively slow cpu (233mhz) and 64mb of ram. My Kurobox HG has a faster cpu (266mhz) and 128mb of ram and I can generate these sort of break-ups if I try to get the server to do too many things at once.

Slimserver 6.2 does have some diagnostic functions under the Help Section called Server & Network Health. Turn on the diagnostics and run your SBs as you normally would and then review the numbers displayed.

Couple of other things to check are the ethernet cables, the linkstation may only be conncting at 10mbs, not expected 100mbs, if the cable is a bit dodgy. Also what format of music are you streaming? WAV files can overwhelm a network, whereas Flac is also lossless, but with a smaller network foorptint.

Hope this helps
Pete

kweller
2006-02-07, 09:40
In article <VA.0000082a.04210c9d (AT) thewellers (DOT) net>, Kevin Weller wrote:
> I guess my question boils down to: which is the more efficient of
> resources and which is likely to have the greatest throughput - the
> Buffalo Linkstation or the external PCMCIA/USB2 HDD?

Well, I did it anyway just to see and it took a while to set up!

My initial reaction is the USB disk is better. I've just transferred
the data (77Gb) and SlimServer is currently rescanning (10.4k tracks).
This is the first time I can remember a Squeezebox continuing to play
while a SlimServer 'clear library and rescan everything' is running, it
generally stops very quickly.

Early days of course but it's a good start.

Kevin

blah509
2006-02-08, 05:17
My buffalo's drive died after less than a years use (that was a bad day)

g

kweller
2006-02-09, 11:02
In article <dropbear.22vafb (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>, Dropbear
wrote:
> Slimserver 6.2 does have some diagnostic functions under the Help
> Section called Server & Network Health.

It seems to be performing well with the MP3s on the other drive but at
least I now know what to invoke if it starts playing up again, thanks.

Kevin