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Pat Dalzell
2004-02-06, 09:26
Hi,

I installed a network and a Squeezebox for a friend a couple nights ago
and he's experiencing dropouts in the music every 30 seconds to a couple
minutes. He's only had one instance where a song has played all the way
through. Here's the setup:

WinXP sp1, 2.4ghz, 512mb ram
SlimServer nightly build 2004-02-04
Netgear FS605 10/100 5 Port Dual Switch

The initial install used a Netgear 10/100 hub, but after a while I
realized I'd had the same problem with the same hub on my linux setup long
ago. Replacing the hub with a switch (and possibly a new NIC, don't
remember) fixed my problem. Replacing the hub hasn't worked in his case.

The nightly build lets us watch the buffer eventually decrease to zero and
then we'll hear the dropout. After a few seconds it builds the buffer
back up and restarts. This happens with both 256k mp3 files and 256k aac
files.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Pat

dean
2004-02-06, 09:35
Hi Pat,

THe AAC files are being streamed as uncompressed audio, which may be a
problem if he's using wireless and the signal strength isn't strong
enough. But it sounds like he's using a wired connection, right?

It's possible that there's a CPU problem on the server side (check the
Task Manager) or even a bad cable that's causing lots of packet loss.


On Feb 6, 2004, at 8:26 AM, Pat Dalzell wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I installed a network and a Squeezebox for a friend a couple nights ago
> and he's experiencing dropouts in the music every 30 seconds to a
> couple
> minutes. He's only had one instance where a song has played all the
> way
> through. Here's the setup:
>
> WinXP sp1, 2.4ghz, 512mb ram
> SlimServer nightly build 2004-02-04
> Netgear FS605 10/100 5 Port Dual Switch
>
> The initial install used a Netgear 10/100 hub, but after a while I
> realized I'd had the same problem with the same hub on my linux setup
> long
> ago. Replacing the hub with a switch (and possibly a new NIC, don't
> remember) fixed my problem. Replacing the hub hasn't worked in his
> case.
>
> The nightly build lets us watch the buffer eventually decrease to zero
> and
> then we'll hear the dropout. After a few seconds it builds the buffer
> back up and restarts. This happens with both 256k mp3 files and 256k
> aac
> files.
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> Thanks!
> Pat
>
>

Ron Thigpen
2004-02-06, 11:03
Pat Dalzell wrote:

> WinXP sp1, 2.4ghz, 512mb ram
> SlimServer nightly build 2004-02-04
> Netgear FS605 10/100 5 Port Dual Switch

What NIC are you using? If Intel, there are some tweaks that address a
problem that sounds much like what you're seeing.

--rt