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Gregory P. Smith
2004-09-07, 12:37
I've upgraded one of my slimp3s to a squeezebox, now i have an extra
slimp3. Make a good offer and it can be yours.

-g

Jonathan Greene
2004-09-07, 13:45
Just curious if you can notice performance differences between old and
newer hardware... My SliMP3 is very rapidly becoming useless. It
freezes and likes to recycle much more today than it did when I bought
it in about 18 months ago. Since I started on the upgrade path with
firmware and server versions from I think it was originally. My
collection has grown, but was already very large... My server is the
same computer and I've switched from a wireless to wired connection so I
am not sure why it's become so dodgy.





Gregory P. Smith wrote:
> I've upgraded one of my slimp3s to a squeezebox, now i have an extra
> slimp3. Make a good offer and it can be yours.
>
> -g

Jason Holtzapple
2004-09-07, 14:22
Just as a point of reference. I started with 1 SLIMP3 (802.11b bridge)
and server version 4.x. My server was a "Wal-Mart special" VIA C3/800 MHz
upgraded to 256 MB of RAM and 80 GB mirrored disks running NetBSD. I had
about 8000 tracks.

Now, I have 2 SLIMP3s and 2 Squeezeboxen (mixture of 802.11b and powerline)
and almost 12,000 tracks. I upgraded the RAM and disk to 512 MB/160 GB.
The RAM upgrade wasn't strictly necessary but it is cheap and fast.

To answer your question, I haven't noticed a performance difference
between now and then. I don't transcode formats because the server
CPU couldn't handle it. I tend to run the latest stable version because
other people than me are always playing music (latest addition - 3 year
old daughter). I'll run a nightly occasionally if there's some important
fix for me, but this is pretty rare.

I have the luxury of another machine where I'll run the cvs version of
the server to do any development/tinkering.

Jonathan Greene wrote:
> Just curious if you can notice performance differences between old and
> newer hardware... My SliMP3 is very rapidly becoming useless. It
> freezes and likes to recycle much more today than it did when I bought
> it in about 18 months ago. Since I started on the upgrade path with
> firmware and server versions from I think it was originally. My
> collection has grown, but was already very large... My server is the
> same computer and I've switched from a wireless to wired connection so I
> am not sure why it's become so dodgy.
>
>
>
>
>
> Gregory P. Smith wrote:
>
>> I've upgraded one of my slimp3s to a squeezebox, now i have an extra
>> slimp3. Make a good offer and it can be yours.
>>
>> -g

Tim Morley
2004-09-08, 03:50
Where in the world are you?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gregory P. Smith" <greg (AT) electricrain (DOT) com>
To: <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 8:37 PM
Subject: [slim] slimp3 for sale


> I've upgraded one of my slimp3s to a squeezebox, now i have an extra
> slimp3. Make a good offer and it can be yours.
>
> -g
>
>

Gregory P. Smith
2004-09-08, 19:08
On Tue, Sep 07, 2004 at 04:45:34PM -0400, Jonathan Greene wrote:
> Just curious if you can notice performance differences between old and
> newer hardware... My SliMP3 is very rapidly becoming useless. It
> freezes and likes to recycle much more today than it did when I bought
> it in about 18 months ago. Since I started on the upgrade path with
> firmware and server versions from I think it was originally. My
> collection has grown, but was already very large... My server is the
> same computer and I've switched from a wireless to wired connection so I
> am not sure why it's become so dodgy.

My slimp3s worked and continue to work fine. I upgraded one to a
squeezebox once the new display was available as that was the first
thing making the upgrade worth it.

One slimp3 is on a powerline ethernet adaptor, the upgraded unit has a
direct cable to my switch. Never had a networking problem with either.
I use wires because I don't want to pollute my 802.11g network with
11b traffic.

Summary: I like the squeezebox; but i still love the slimp3. The current
5.x server is a step backwards from 4.x in some areas.

Overall comments on the upgrade:

The new graphical display is nice. However its still a bit small.
In fact it seems a tad smaller now that the space between the characters
is gone. A display more pixels high would be good for better large fonts.
People (read: significant other) with less than perfect eyesight complain
that they can't read it from 10+ feet away.

The official slim devices remote is seems odd to me (i'm not used to
it) because it doesn't have a menu or stop button and they're all in
different locations than i'm used to on the universal remotes i use
(including the one it slimp3s used to ship with). no big deal, I just
use a universal remote that i'm familiar with.

Current server software bugs that make me regret the upgrade right now:

Synchronization between the squeezebox and slimp3 is horrible
(significant delay) making it useless as they are not in acoustically
isolated rooms. with 2 slimp3s and server 4.x it worked fine so long
as i wasn't playing any long tracks (where they would have drifted too
far off).

Slimserver lost the ability to do forward / reverse scanning. This
is a big deal when listening to long recorded radio shows.

I'm sure both of those bugs can and will be worked out in the future.

The slimp3 firmware is open. Squeezebox has closed firmware which is
a big disappointment.

-g