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venus light
2007-06-27, 16:53
I've noticed that sometimes my SB is very sluggish in responding to RC commands.

Could it be caused by applications running on my server PC? I do a lot of video production - encoding and rendering are resource hogs. Is that a possible cause for the sluggishness?

I'm running WinXP Home on a P4 2.66ghz with 768MB ram.

Thanks for any insight.

BTW, I love my Squeezebox, even when the remote is sluggish.

peterw
2007-06-27, 18:18
I've noticed that sometimes my SB is very sluggish in responding to RC commands.

Could it be caused by applications running on my server PC? I do a lot of video production - encoding and rendering are resource hogs. Is that a possible cause for the sluggishness?

Yes, absolutely. Your Squeezebox simply tells Slimserver what infrared code it has seen, and, with very few exceptions (like holding the Power button to reboot the Squeezebox) doesn't take action unless directed by Slimserver. If Slimserver has trouble getting server resources, you'll see sluggish response.

Ron F.
2007-06-27, 18:29
No question, heavy cpu usage on the sever machine can cause Slimserver to be sluggish. This was one of primary reasons I wound up putting together a dedicated music server - I could not stand it.

-Ron

pfarrell
2007-06-27, 18:30
venus light wrote:
> Could it be caused by applications running on my server PC? I do a lot
> of video production - encoding and rendering are resource hogs. Is that
> a possible cause for the sluggishness?
>
> I'm running WinXP Home on a P4 2.66ghz with 768MB ram.

Not possible, definite. You need more power.

Video production are at the top of the list of serious resource hogs.
You should be running a Dual Core 2 or may be a Quad. With lots more RAM.

Compared to that, a SlimServer takes nothing. It will be happy with
anything over a gigahertz with enough RAM for your OS.

Now, your P4 system will be a screaming fast SlimServer once you get the
proper dual-CPU Quad system.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

JJZolx
2007-06-27, 18:38
Yes, definitely, but... I think even with a fast dedicated server you may notice odd, unexplained 'brain deaths' from SlimServer from time to time.

I have a dedicated machine running SlimServer. Nothing fancy, just my old P4 3.0 desktop system with some extra RAM. Doesn't do much else other than act as a file server (with very little, usually no activity) and I still see some long, unexplained hesitations in both the web and remote interfaces. Places where a page sometimes loads in a fraction of a second, at times will take 5-8 seconds. I've begun using the remote interface a bit more in a bedroom system and see the same, inconsistent response speeds there.

venus light
2007-06-27, 19:14
venus light wrote:
> Could it be caused by applications running on my server PC? I do a lot
> of video production - encoding and rendering are resource hogs. Is that
> a possible cause for the sluggishness?
>
> I'm running WinXP Home on a P4 2.66ghz with 768MB ram.

Not possible, definite. You need more power.

Video production are at the top of the list of serious resource hogs.
You should be running a Dual Core 2 or may be a Quad. With lots more RAM.

Compared to that, a SlimServer takes nothing. It will be happy with
anything over a gigahertz with enough RAM for your OS.

Now, your P4 system will be a screaming fast SlimServer once you get the
proper dual-CPU Quad system.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html


Thanks for the info. I figured that was the culprit.

I wish I made enough money on the video production to justify buying a new machine.

pfarrell
2007-06-27, 19:21
venus light wrote:
>> Video production are at the top of the list of serious resource hogs.
>> You should be running a Dual Core 2 or may be a Quad. With lots more
>> RAM.
>
> Thanks for the info. I figured that was the culprit.

The only thing people do on personal computers that takes more power is
run massive graphics/AI for games.


> I wish I made enough money on the video production to justify buying a
> new machine.

I know that song, I thought audio production used up a lot of computer
power.

As a first step, move your SlimServer to a different computer so your
video goes faster and your music plays better. Check the thread for "Why
I want a stand-alone, slim, Slim Server!"

--
Pat Farrell PRC recording studio
http://www.pfarrell.com/PRC

SuperQ
2007-06-27, 23:48
... move your SlimServer to a different computer so your
video goes faster and your music plays better. Check the thread for "Why I want a stand-alone, slim, Slim Server!"

--
Pat Farrell PRC recording studio
http://www.pfarrell.com/PRC

Or run an OS that can multi-task properly. ;) I laughed very hard when MS announced the New Improved version of windows (I think it was 2003 Server) that could "Dynamically change the priority of a running application". The "renice" man page says "The renice command appeared in 4.0BSD." which was released in 1980.

Standalone servers always help tho, at the cost of electricity usage.

jonheal
2007-06-28, 02:23
While video production on the PC will peg the CPU and force every other app to wait in line for cycles, there's something more going on with regards to sluggish remote control response.

My XP PC is not dedicated to SlimServer, but my CPU usage hovers around 2%, and I still often experience sluggishness with the remote. Ususally when I first turn on the Squeezebox.

On a couple of instances, the sluggishness had become pervasive, and the only way I could fix it was by trashing and rebuilding the database.

egd
2007-06-28, 02:50
Yes, definitely, but... I think even with a fast dedicated server you may notice odd, unexplained 'brain deaths' from SlimServer from time to time.

Is your Slimserver running on Windows or Linux? My library comprises over just over 65K FLAC tracks and I get no patchy responses from Slimserver. Files are hosted on a NAS connected via GB switch and Slimserver resides on a Linux box, which is also my desktop PC. I've noticed very significant differences in library scan times between Slimserver running on Linux and same running on Windows.