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M. K. G.
2004-08-29, 15:40
Hi,

Owner of a SB running firmware 31 and SS v5.3.0b1 on Windows XP w/SP2.

I have two questions:
1. I experience frequent reboots/restarts of the SB while browsing my music
collection via the SB using the remote control. This normally happens when
I finally select a song to play. The SB restarts, but all of my settings
are saved so it is just a matter of hitting the ">" key a number of times
to get through all the settings. The SB reconnects and picks up right
where it restarted (meaning the song I selected is displayed and I hit play
to listen to it). Has anyone come across this?

2. I have iTunes protected AAC songs purchased from iTunes v4.5 and 4.6. I
have converted them from .m4p's to unprotected .m4a's using Hymn 0.7.1.
iTunes plays the decrypted .m4a's just fine. However, I can not get the SS
to play the .m4a's. I can browse to them and select the song, and the SB
shows it playing (incl. the progress bar), but I can't hear any sound. I'm
under the impression this can work as I've read messages from others who
have used Hymn to create .m4a's they can listen to on their SB. Has anyone
come across this?

THANKS!

M. K. G.
2004-08-30, 07:26
Hi,
Thanks for the suggesstion. I do have LAME installed and SS appears to
recognize it. So SS plays .m4a files by converting them to mp3 or wav on
the server?
thanks.

"Christopher May" <chris (AT) concatmedia (DOT) com> wrote
in news:002001c48e9a$b904e4f0$0b01a8c0@homepc:

> I think you need to have lame installed?

Greg Friedman
2004-08-30, 08:10
Your restarts are caused by a firmware bug that I and others reported
against version 31 of the firmware. An update to a nightly build that
contains firmware version 33 or later will fix the issue. Unfortunately, not
all nightly builds are created equal - there have been some regressions in
recent builds. Someone more familiar than me with the status of nightlies
can hopefully direct you at a stable version.

Greg.

----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 3:40 PM
Subject: [slim] New SB owner: 2 questions


> Hi,
>
> Owner of a SB running firmware 31 and SS v5.3.0b1 on Windows XP w/SP2.
>
> I have two questions:
> 1. I experience frequent reboots/restarts of the SB while browsing my
> music
> collection via the SB using the remote control. This normally happens
> when
> I finally select a song to play. The SB restarts, but all of my settings
> are saved so it is just a matter of hitting the ">" key a number of times
> to get through all the settings. The SB reconnects and picks up right
> where it restarted (meaning the song I selected is displayed and I hit
> play
> to listen to it). Has anyone come across this?
>
> 2. I have iTunes protected AAC songs purchased from iTunes v4.5 and 4.6.
> I
> have converted them from .m4p's to unprotected .m4a's using Hymn 0.7.1.
> iTunes plays the decrypted .m4a's just fine. However, I can not get the
> SS
> to play the .m4a's. I can browse to them and select the song, and the SB
> shows it playing (incl. the progress bar), but I can't hear any sound.
> I'm
> under the impression this can work as I've read messages from others who
> have used Hymn to create .m4a's they can listen to on their SB. Has
> anyone
> come across this?
>
> THANKS!
>
>

kdf
2004-08-30, 09:50
Quoting "M. K. G." <no_slimdevices_spam (AT) snagabag (DOT) com>:

> Hi,
> Thanks for the suggesstion. I do have LAME installed and SS appears to
> recognize it. So SS plays .m4a files by converting them to mp3 or wav on
> the server?
> thanks.

This depends on how you are connected to the server. To save on bandwidth, if
you are connected wireless then teh server defaults to 320kbps limit, which is
converted by LAME to 320kbps CBR MP3. You can manually use the player settings
to change to 'no limit' and get uncompressed PCM streaming, but this can have
problems keeping up on some wireless networks due to load from other devices,
or interference from cordless phones, microwaves, etc.

-kdf