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Scott Evans
2004-06-24, 16:24
I've had my (wired) Squeezebox for a month or two now and I haven't been
real happy with it thus far.

* I see a lot of "lost connection" messages when I'm navigating, playing
back, turning it on/off, etc. I haven't put a cable tester on this
piece of cable but my home network is, as far as I've observed,
totally solid otherwise so I don't think this is a network problem.
My fileserver is only a PII/400 running Red Hat 8. It's not
really doing anything else so it's quite idle.

* The web interface seems ... dicey. Sometimes I'll queue up a lot
of songs and then when I revisit the web interface, all I can see
is the song that's currently playing. That's too bad since overall
I find the web interface much more usable than navigating a big
music collection with a small 1-line display and a sort-of-slow
remote control. (though I still find navigating well-laid-out
folders in Windows Explorer the fastest way to navigate mp3's.)

My library is not ridiculously big -- 689 artists, 25,200 songs,
about 77 gigs.

I'm running firmware version 10, and server version 5.1.5.
Do I need to goof around with nightly builds?

Sidenote: I'm certainly capable of doing local builds and trying different
firmware and all that but I was really hoping to treat this thing as an
appliance. I find myself *not* using it because the slowness and the
disconnects make it frustrating.

So far I'd rather have a mini-ATX PC in my AV rack that I could control
with a laptop or whatever. Huh.

Not intended as a flame at all -- I really want to love this thing!



--
scott evans :: www.antisleep.com

Jules Taplin
2004-06-24, 16:36
Hey Scott.

How much memory is sitting in your server? My main music server is a
PIII/550 running RH9, and it copes quite happily with serving for 5
squeezeboxes, as well as sundry other stuff - mail server, 600GB or so of
additional file serving, etc, etc. My music collection is of similar size,
too.

However... slimserver is a bit of a monster memory-wise (my current instance
has a 120Mb Resident Size). When I first installed it, it thrashed swap a
bit, so I threw another 256Mb of memory in it (512Mb now). That made the
whole thing feel a whole lot snappier. Nowadays.. about the only way I can
get it to briefly say 'lost connection' is when I do shoutcast stuff. And
that's basically because any attempt to access anything outside the house
involves a 5 second latency on the satellite backhaul :(


-- Jules


----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Evans" <gse (AT) antisleep (DOT) com>
To: <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 12:24 AM
Subject: [slim] "lost connection"... a lot (and more)


> I've had my (wired) Squeezebox for a month or two now and I haven't been
> real happy with it thus far.
>
> * I see a lot of "lost connection" messages when I'm navigating, playing
> back, turning it on/off, etc. I haven't put a cable tester on this
> piece of cable but my home network is, as far as I've observed,
> totally solid otherwise so I don't think this is a network problem.
> My fileserver is only a PII/400 running Red Hat 8. It's not
> really doing anything else so it's quite idle.
>
> * The web interface seems ... dicey. Sometimes I'll queue up a lot
> of songs and then when I revisit the web interface, all I can see
> is the song that's currently playing. That's too bad since overall
> I find the web interface much more usable than navigating a big
> music collection with a small 1-line display and a sort-of-slow
> remote control. (though I still find navigating well-laid-out
> folders in Windows Explorer the fastest way to navigate mp3's.)
>
> My library is not ridiculously big -- 689 artists, 25,200 songs,
> about 77 gigs.
>
> I'm running firmware version 10, and server version 5.1.5.
> Do I need to goof around with nightly builds?
>
> Sidenote: I'm certainly capable of doing local builds and trying different
> firmware and all that but I was really hoping to treat this thing as an
> appliance. I find myself *not* using it because the slowness and the
> disconnects make it frustrating.
>
> So far I'd rather have a mini-ATX PC in my AV rack that I could control
> with a laptop or whatever. Huh.
>
> Not intended as a flame at all -- I really want to love this thing!
>
>
>
> --
> scott evans :: www.antisleep.com
>
>
>

jacobdp
2004-06-24, 16:38
On Thu, 24 Jun 2004 19:24:18 -0400 (EDT), Scott Evans <gse (AT) antisleep (DOT) com>
>My fileserver is only a PII/400 running Red Hat 8. It's not
>really doing anything else so it's quite idle.

How much RAM? That could be an issue, especially with a big library.

- Jacob

kdf
2004-06-24, 16:42
Quoting Scott Evans <gse (AT) antisleep (DOT) com>:

> I'm running firmware version 10, and server version 5.1.5.
> Do I need to goof around with nightly builds?

have to say, 5.1.5 was riddled with issues. Many have been fixed in the latest
nightlies. I highly recommend trying the latest out, with the latest firmware.
Many web fixes, remote response is faster, shoutcast plugin causing a crash, and
some memory problems have been removed. All of this should improve your
experience. The latest nightlies are pre-release for v5.2 which should be a
solid officlal release that can last a while.

As for appliance, I'm happily running one squeezebox wireless as an alarm clock
and as a controller for my media PC (thank to the videobox plugin). Its never
let me down (except when I've been testing and left it with the experimental
stuff running).

-kdf