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    Asus Tinker (S) board - grrr...

    Wanted to try out the Asus Tinker S board. Seems pretty snappy, so I moved my whole LMS installation there. Once everything was done, I started to listen to some music and ... every 1 to 3 minutes, there was an interruption. Took some logs and obviously players were starved with audio and re-buffering was happening. So I blamed LMS , moved back to 7.9.1. Same. Tried many other things and finally only enabled wifi ... no interruption. Blamed my ethernet cable, no ...

    Finally, long story short, this board has an issue with its gigabit interface that requires tx checksum (at least, maybe rx as well) to be disabled. This has been know for a while (6 month at least) but even though Asus did not do anything in their July release. This is pretty amazing for a bug that basically makes the ethernet interface unusable... idiots

    So there is a fix

    1- get ethtool (sudo apt-get install ethtool)
    2- create a file under /etc/networking/if-pre-up.d named ethtool-txoff
    3- make if executable with chmod +x ethtool-txoff

    The file shall contain
    Code:
    ETHTOOL=/sbin/ethtool
    $ETHTOOL -K eth0 tx off
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    Asus Tinker (S) board -grrr...

    It's surprising how little positive I've read about the Tinker board.
    And it's always related to software support... I think the Rock64 is
    slightly better in that regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mherger View Post
    It's surprising how little positive I've read about the Tinker board.
    And it's always related to software support... I think the Rock64 is
    slightly better in that regards.

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    Asus is probably a good example of a company that can make good hardware and thinks that software magically appears on it.

    I've tried different Pi clone and so far, my preferred is the Odroid C2
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    My question with these single-board computers is how they'll do scanning a 2TB collection on a USB drive (USB 2 or USB 3).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daverz View Post
    My question with these single-board computers is how they'll do scanning a 2TB collection on a USB drive (USB 2 or USB 3).
    It's probably less about the size in Bytes but the number of tracks you have. A library of 24/192 files can be large even with few tracks
    LMS 7.7, 7.8 and 7.9 - 5xRadio, 3xBoom, 4xDuet, 1xTouch, 1 SB2. Sonos PLAY:3, PLAY:5, Marantz NR1603, JBL OnBeat, XBoxOne, XBMC, Foobar2000, ShairPortW, JRiver 21, 2xChromecast Audio, Chromecast v1 and v2, , Pi B3, B2, Pi B+, 2xPi A+, Odroid-C1, Odroid-C2, Cubie2, Yamaha WX-010, AppleTV 4, Airport Express, GGMM E5

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    Quote Originally Posted by philippe_44 View Post
    It's probably less about the size in Bytes but the number of tracks you have. A library of 24/192 files can be large even with few tracks
    Well, I have 85000 tracks, almost all 16/44 FLAC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daverz View Post
    Well, I have 85000 tracks, almost all 16/44 FLAC.
    Definitively a big library. But these boards are really powerful, USB 2.0 might be the limit but my own library is 16000 tracks and is on a NAS which is connected to the board through a PLC plug which probably does not give me USB 2.0 speed, probably. Still, rescanning my (much smaller) library has never been 'visible' to me
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    Asus Tinker (S) board -grrr...

    > Definitively a big library. But these boards are really powerful, USB
    > 2.0 might be the limit but my own library is 16000 tracks and is on a
    > NAS which is connected to the board through a PLC plug which probably
    > does not give me USB 2.0 speed, probably. Still, rescanning my (much
    > smaller) library has never been 'visible' to me


    Another important factor, in particular with larger libraries, is the
    local storage speed. I/O on the medium where your cache is kept is
    important, not only during the scan, but in day-to-day use, too. The
    scan is run once every now and then, but the metadata database, rendered
    html pages etc. are read all the time, in particular in interactive use,
    where latency is the most obvious. Don't be cheap buying your SD card,
    get a fast one.

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