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Pat Dalzell
2004-02-17, 20:34
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, I was going to post the
resolution here but unfortunately haven't quite fixed it.

The XP's network card I was having trouble with in this thread was an
"ALi" NIC build into a PCChips motherboard. Replaced it with a Linksys
LNE100Tx PCI NIC and the network appears much better. 256k mp3s play
great, the buffer is pegged at 100%.

However, AAC files run through the buffer approximately every 10 seconds
(or less). After a reboot of everything (cable modem, pc, switch,
squeezebox) I was able to play one AAC file with no problems, but it
started the same 10 second delays on the second song. Played a bunch of
mp3 files with no problem, then 2 (different) AAC files without a problem,
but then the third AAC file exhibited the same delays. The buffer is not
pegged at 100% during the AAC files that play successfully, it jumps
around quite a bit, although it does remain above zero.

Thanks for any help you guys might have...

Pat

> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Pat Dalzell
> Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 11:26 AM
> To: Discuss@Slimdevices
> Subject: [slim] Empty buffer
>
>
> 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
2004-02-18, 11:00
The AAC files are playing back as uncompressed PCM. It sounds like
there's a problem with your network somewhere that's not letting it
stream at 1.5Mbits per second, which should be no problem even on a
regular 10mbps ethernet.

On Feb 17, 2004, at 7:34 PM, Pat Dalzell wrote:

> Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, I was going to post the
> resolution here but unfortunately haven't quite fixed it.
>
> The XP's network card I was having trouble with in this thread was an
> "ALi" NIC build into a PCChips motherboard. Replaced it with a Linksys
> LNE100Tx PCI NIC and the network appears much better. 256k mp3s play
> great, the buffer is pegged at 100%.
>
> However, AAC files run through the buffer approximately every 10
> seconds
> (or less). After a reboot of everything (cable modem, pc, switch,
> squeezebox) I was able to play one AAC file with no problems, but it
> started the same 10 second delays on the second song. Played a bunch
> of
> mp3 files with no problem, then 2 (different) AAC files without a
> problem,
> but then the third AAC file exhibited the same delays. The buffer is
> not
> pegged at 100% during the AAC files that play successfully, it jumps
> around quite a bit, although it does remain above zero.
>
> Thanks for any help you guys might have...
>
> Pat
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
>> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Pat Dalzell
>> Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 11:26 AM
>> To: Discuss@Slimdevices
>> Subject: [slim] Empty buffer
>>
>>
>> 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
>
>