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Eric Loomis
2004-09-05, 07:16
Slimp3'ers,



I have been the proud owner of slimp3 (original, wired version) for some two
years. Except for resetting due to power outages, the occasional network
glitch, etc. my slimp3 has been happily orchestrating my whole house audio
system without any problems. Next to my ipod it is probably my most beloved
item on my geek list. Following my standard "don't ever upgrade" until
casts of thousands have worked out the bug's mantra..I had used the original
(4.X?) version of slim server that came with my original purchase until last
week. I NEVER had a problem with the server software.



Through some temporary act of insanity I decided to upgrade to the latest
version of slimp3 (5.2.1) thinking that it would offer some much-needed
features. Arggggh.what a mistake. Since that day I have had nothing but
problems...



1) The server constantly fails to recognize the slimp3 device - almost
at random. Never had this problem before. I either have to run downstairs
and power cycle the unit - or start and stop the slimp3 service?

2) The server doesn't respond to "server setting" changes. Often
times its okay for one setting. But when I go back a second time and select
server settings again I just get a blank screen?

3) Skin changes don't happen. Note: I usually leave all my networked
machines set to standard and then use my roaming PDA and just do the
http://server:9000/handheld URL to access. Problem is now I get a "not
found" message? Or sometimes just a terribly messed up display.

4) The server often gets out of sync with player. You pop up the
server on any machine and it says now playing."X" but the slimp3 is actually
playing "Y".

5) Other never seen before problems.



What gives? Did the quality of the software degrade over two years? Has
feature creep taken over for quality control?



While somewhat new to the "repair your slimp3 installation" saga - I have
tried several things. Reinstalling the software, moving it from its happy
home (at least originally) on an HP Home machine to a newer XP Professional
machine. No go, same problems. Even tried downloading the beta 5.3 copy.
Same problems



I had really hoped to avoid spending hours in the simdevices support group
to get things working again. However, I must say I thank god for all the
people out there since I'm confident that were my solution lives.



BTW, none of the problems are related to itunes or my ipod. This
installation sits all by itself on another machine on the network.



Any help or suggestions are appreciated. BTW, is there any way I can a copy
of older versions of the slim server? One course of action might be to go
back and use my original software. However, in a act of stupidity I forgot
to save off the old copy.



Depressed in Ohio,

Eric

kdf
2004-09-05, 11:42
Quoting Eric Loomis <eloomis (AT) woh (DOT) rr.com>:

>
> 2) The server doesn't respond to "server setting" changes. Often
> times its okay for one setting. But when I go back a second time and select
> server settings again I just get a blank screen?

This is a known bug with 5.2.1 and is fixed in nightly builds:
http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/nightly/


> 3) Skin changes don't happen. Note: I usually leave all my networked
> machines set to standard and then use my roaming PDA and just do the
> http://server:9000/handheld URL to access. Problem is now I get a "not
> found" message? Or sometimes just a terribly messed up display.

it needs to be http://server:9000/Handheld/
>
> 4) The server often gets out of sync with player. You pop up the
> server on any machine and it says now playing."X" but the slimp3 is actually
> playing "Y".

can't help on this one. doesnt' seem to happen on mine.

> Any help or suggestions are appreciated. BTW, is there any way I can a copy
> of older versions of the slim server? One course of action might be to go
> back and use my original software. However, in a act of stupidity I forgot
> to save off the old copy.

http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/

all versions can be found there. nightlies and official releases.
-kdf