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jonheal
2006-12-12, 05:59
I am happily purring along with 6.3.1 on Windows XP. Off the top of my head, I can see no compelling reason to upgrade. Im satisfied with 6.3.1s performance, and in general, I have very few issues with my implementation of Slimserver. Ive also done quite a bit of custom scripting to get a Now Playing page operating on our web site which I would have to modify if I were to upgrade.

That having been said, I will list the few issues I do have, and I wonder if someone can tell me if they have been addressed with later releases.

1. Scan time is a little slow. It takes about an hour to rescan my 500+ album collection (although this may have more to do with the fact that my music is stored on an external disc connected to an NSLU2).

2. Playing Random Song Mix results in occasionally repeated selections.

3. Scrolling titles on the Squeezebox are sometimes a little jumpy, especially when transitioning between songs.

4. There is no convenient way to exclude some songs from play other than using the Zapped playlist and an additional plugin.

5. Crossfades are rudimentary. I would prefer more flexibility (i.e. fade out but start at full volume, etc.).

jonheal
2006-12-12, 14:52
The response to my query has been somewhat underwhelming. I guess I'll assume that the issues I raised are still issues with 6.5+. I suppose I'll keep chugging along with 6.3.1.

Mark Lanctot
2006-12-12, 14:53
1. Scan time is a little slow. It takes about an hour to rescan my 500+ album collection (although this may have more to do with the fact that my music is stored on an external disc connected to an NSLU2).

Scan time is reportedly improved. It's hard to tell for me, scans only take about 2 minutes, both before and after the updrade to 6.5.1.


2. Playing Random Song Mix results in occasionally repeated selections.

This seems to have improved for me. With 6.2.1 it seemed that SlimServer had certain favourites it always wanted to play in Random Mix. In 6.5, Random Mix seems more random.

Also a recurring issue I had with the display getting stuck on one particular song while playback progressed through other songs seems to have gone away. http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=3696 and http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=2510

I didn't notice any differences in the other items you mention.

Kevin O. Lepard
2006-12-12, 15:41
>The response to my query has been somewhat underwhelming. I guess I'll
>assume that the issues I raised are still issues with 6.5+. I suppose
>I'll keep chugging along with 6.3.1.

I'm still on 6.3.1, too. I generally wait for a .1 or .2 release
before I introduce major software revisions. Since I have no
outstanding issues with 6.3.1, I'm not in a hurry to upgrade.

Kevin
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Happiness is being 100% Microsoft free.

Skunk
2006-12-12, 16:09
3. Scrolling titles on the Squeezebox are sometimes a little jumpy, especially when transitioning between songs.

I noticed a big change here, for the better. On 6.3 browsing was slower and sometimes button presses had no effect. With my PC being full of spyware, malware, and rootkits- I figured the lag was it's fault, but 6.5 seemed to fix all the performance issues.

The main reason I switched early on was to get the new 100 step volume control. Call me crazy.

lanierb
2006-12-12, 16:51
Just like you, after seeing all the problems people had with 6.5 I waited for a while. Eventually a friend told me that the new version of softsqueeze was worth getting so I upgraded. Bottom line is I'm very pleased. There were no problems with the upgrade (probably because I'm not doing anything nonstandard), many things are a bit better, and the new version of softsqueeze maintains sync perfectly with my SB3's, yeah!

Lanier

JJZolx
2006-12-12, 17:02
I'd recommend it for the gallery view in the web interface alone. And the selectable sort ordering in the different browse modes. Unfortunately, for many of us the page bar used for navigating those otherwise convenient sort orders is completely fubar.

Do not under any circumstances bother installing 6.5.0. It has a lot of ugly and frustrating bugs, many of which have been worked out in the 6.5.1 nightlies.

Skunk
2006-12-12, 17:48
Do not under any circumstances bother installing 6.5.0.

Oops, time to upgrade again. I'm a terrible beta tester, beyond browse music folder and the volume control anyway.

Some have reported better results by deleting the 6.3 directory, reformatting the hard drive, and changing their phone numer prior to upgrading...

Mark Lanctot
2006-12-12, 18:35
Some have reported better results by deleting the 6.3 directory, reformatting the hard drive, and changing their phone numer prior to upgrading...

You forgot the part about doing it at midnight in the dark in front of a mirror, turning in circles and saying "SlimServer, SlimServer, SLIMSERVER!" as the bell strikes 12. ;-)

In all seriousness though, I just uninstalled, deleted the 6.2.1 directory and installed. No issues, even with 6.5.0.

Actually my first test was when I was playing around with Ubuntu Linux. It installed perfectly there, so I figured the Windows install would be easy - it was.

Ken
2006-12-13, 13:58
I was briefly tempted to upgrade (I am currently running 6.2.2 on XP with three SB2s and an SB1). My reasoning being I wanted to acquire a Nokia 770 and have a new toy to play with. But when I saw all the problems people were having I re-considered as it appears that playlists are an issue and I particularly use a playlist to listen to DAB radio using DABBAR. So the priority had to be decided on why do I have this; it's to listen to music, if that breaks then what's the point (I do like a quiet life :) ).

So I will patiently wait until all appears to be working reasonably ok and voodoo is not required to make the installation work ok.

Perhaps then the new Nokia will be available!!

Ken

Paul Webster
2006-12-13, 14:12
1. Scan time is a little slow. It takes about an hour to rescan my 500+ album collection (although this may have more to do with the fact that my music is stored on an external disc connected to an NSLU2).

I think that it is NSLU2 (or perhaps Windows and ethernet connected drives) issue.
I just copied my collection from NSLU2 to locally attached USB disk.
Browse Folders went from 2 minutes to 2 seconds
I was running 6.5.x before and after the move.
I copied because I was running out of space on the disk attached to the NSLU2 but I won't be rushing to put extra space there. Instead I'll re-use it to store a smaller number of large files (radio and TV show recordings).

jonheal
2006-12-13, 14:53
It's an interesting psychological phenomenon that one feels that one must provide more justification and reasoning NOT TO upgrade than TO upgrade.

jonheal
2006-12-13, 14:55
I think that it is NSLU2 (or perhaps Windows and ethernet connected drives) issue.
I just copied my collection from NSLU2 to locally attached USB disk.
Browse Folders went from 2 minutes to 2 seconds
I was running 6.5.x before and after the move.
I copied because I was running out of space on the disk attached to the NSLU2 but I won't be rushing to put extra space there. Instead I'll re-use it to store a smaller number of large files (radio and TV show recordings).

I figured as much, but what the heck; I need to be more patient, in general, anyway. "Slow and steady wins the race," and all that.

:-)