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Tim Limon
2004-04-05, 08:27
Hello,
I've had this issue with my SB where it will stumble on a song and then go
silent. The box emits some audible chirps and will sometimes play again
unassisted. Most often, I need to intervene by skipping to the next song,
or back one song. Strange, but if I replay the troubled MP3, it works fine.
It's almost as if the decoder in the SB gets confused and cant sync up
again. I'm running nothing else on the server box. CPU usage remains at a
low (<5%) level during the dropouts.

- Running "slim -d_info -d_http >> log.txt" I get no errors in the log file
(other than the moodlogic stuff). The server keeps happily sending packets
to the SB as normal

- Using the "Show Buffer Fullness" option reveals no lack of data either.
Yhe indicator remains full.

- Running iperf shows a consistant 80-90 Megabits from server to switch.

Here's my system config:

Intel P4 1.8 Ghz
1 GB PC3200 RAM
Music Drive: Western Digital 60GB UDMA100
OS: Win XP Pro SP1
Powersave Mode: Always On
NIC: RealTek RTL8139/810x
NIC Driver: Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 5.611.1231.2003
Router: Linksys BEFW11S4
Router Firmware Version: 1.50.10
Switch: D-Link DSS-5+
Net Config: Slimserver > NIC > Router > 30 meters Cat5 > Switch > Squeezebox
SlimServer 5.1.1
Squeezebox Firmware v8
Content: Old MP3's mostly 128Kbps Some VBR Lame
Reciever: Sony STDR-935 Analog In

I've asked support (Kevin) for help but thought I'd throw this out to the
group as well. let me know your thoughts, Its frustrating.
--tim

Ted Cabeen
2004-04-07, 11:07
"Tim Limon" <spam4tim (AT) yahoo (DOT) com> writes:

> Hello,
> I've had this issue with my SB where it will stumble on a song and then go
> silent. The box emits some audible chirps and will sometimes play again
> unassisted. Most often, I need to intervene by skipping to the next song,
> or back one song. Strange, but if I replay the troubled MP3, it works fine.
> It's almost as if the decoder in the SB gets confused and cant sync up
> again. I'm running nothing else on the server box. CPU usage remains at a
> low (<5%) level during the dropouts.
>
> - Running iperf shows a consistant 80-90 Megabits from server to switch.

80-90 MegaBits?!? What else do you have running on that network?
Even a 100Base-T network gets saturated at about 90Mbps. Look into
your networking and make sure you don't have a loop anywhere in your
network.

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Tim Limon
2004-04-07, 20:23
"Ted Cabeen" <secabeen (AT) pobox (DOT) com> wrote in
message news:87oeq3irw9.fsf (AT) gray (DOT) impulse.net...
> "Tim Limon" <spam4tim (AT) yahoo (DOT) com> writes:
>
> > Hello,
> > I've had this issue with my SB where it will stumble on a song and then
go
> > silent. The box emits some audible chirps and will sometimes play again
> > unassisted. Most often, I need to intervene by skipping to the next
song,
> > or back one song. Strange, but if I replay the troubled MP3, it works
fine.
> > It's almost as if the decoder in the SB gets confused and cant sync up
> > again. I'm running nothing else on the server box. CPU usage remains
at a
> > low (<5%) level during the dropouts.
> >
> > - Running iperf shows a consistant 80-90 Megabits from server to switch.
>
> 80-90 MegaBits?!? What else do you have running on that network?
> Even a 100Base-T network gets saturated at about 90Mbps. Look into
> your networking and make sure you don't have a loop anywhere in your
> network.
>

Thanks for the reply. Iperf is a network performance measurement tool. See
http://dast.nlanr.net/Projects/Iperf/ for more info on the tool. I used it
briefly to rule out any bandwidth issues between the slimserver and the
switch. I don't use it anymore. The only traffic on the network now is a
802.11b AP (~4.5 Mbps) and the squeezebox. I have plenty of capacity, and
the SB buffer remains full when the sporadic dropouts occur.

Let me know any other things I should try to figure this one out. Its a
tuffy, because the affected songs will play fine the next time through.