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  1. #1
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    Boom is a magnificent unstable peace of garbage

    Always regarded the Boom a very unstable and unreliable, but now it has decided to take this to a new level.
    It restarts, hangs, becomes sluggish.
    Yes, I have turned the power off for several minutes and yes, I have restarted the LMS.
    My Touch and Radio work fine.
    Any suggestions apart from throwing it out of the window?
    Pulled the Ehternet cable out and now it works. Anyone know why it works for many months and then suddenly decides to not like it?
    Last edited by Zombie; 2019-07-28 at 23:35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie View Post
    Always regarded the Boom a very unstable and unreliable, but now it has decided to take this to a new level.
    It restarts, hangs, becomes sluggish.
    Yes, I have turned the power off for several minutes and yes, I have restarted the LMS.
    My Touch and Radio work fine.
    Any suggestions apart from throwing it out of the window?
    Pulled the Ehternet cable out and now it works. Anyone know why it works for many months and then suddenly decides to not like it?
    You can sell it to me or have Jo fixing it. It’s likely some faulty components inside or the WiFi cars which is failing
    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

  3. #3
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    My boom is rock stable, sorry do not agree on the statement.
    SqueezeBoxes: 1x Transporter (Living room) 1x SB2 (shed), 1x Radio (Kitchen), 1x Boom (Dining room), 1x piCorePlayer (jacuzzi), 1x piCorePlayer (Garden) 1x OSMC + Squeezelite (Movie room), 1x Touch (Study 2), few spare unit's
    Server: LMS on Pi3 7.9.1. on PcP 3.21
    Network: AVM Fritzbox, Netgear Smart Switch 24p, 3x Ubiquity

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    The WLAN card in Boom, SB2, Sb3, Classic,Transporter and Receiver often fails but in a gradual erratic way - one way oftens reset the device after a few minutes.

    The WLAN card is easy and cheap ($/£/€5-10) to replace.

    PSU failure (i.e low voltage/current) can also result in strange behaviours but as Boom can tolerate a wide range of voltage compared to SB3/Classic, it is not as common a failure

    The Boom is doing very well for its age - it was released same time as iPhone 4 - how many iPhone 4s are in use ?

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by bpa View Post
    The WLAN card is easy and cheap ($/£/€5-10) to replace.
    This might help fix my Boom wifi issue - without dismantling the Boom (for now) can anyone advise the make/model of a suitable wifi card for a Boom (not a UE Boom, but the original model)?

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    There are many threads use google to search - something like "site:forums.slimdevices.com wlan card " or "site:forums.slimdevices.com wifi card "

    Here is a post by a user with link to instructionb hwo to disassemble Boom and a link (now dead) to a card
    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...l=1#post867911

    This is a thread I started with "compatible" cards
    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...mp-Transporter

    You can buy new TP-Link card but may be harder to find.#

    edit:

    A dearer (about £20) external solution would be a nano-router (aka travel router) setup as a reverse AP connected to Boom ethernet.
    Last edited by bpa; 2019-07-29 at 07:51.

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    A faulty one, how long are you using it? But replacement some components inside might help and cheap.

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by philippe_44 View Post
    You can sell it to me or have Jo fixing it. It’s likely some faulty components inside or the WiFi cars which is failing
    I have a Working Boom I'd be more then happy to part with.
    (missing remote). PM if interested
    Last edited by kabrera; 2019-09-08 at 10:08.

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by bpa View Post
    The Boom is doing very well for its age - it was released same time as iPhone 4 - how many iPhone 4s are in use ?
    I thought I'd thread bump for this, I disagree. My dad's HiFi from the 60's is still very much operational. iphones become obsolete because of the non-replacable battery being cycled every day, and Apple's relentless software updating making it sluggish and soon not supportable. Boom has neither of those things. The Boom is much more akin to a piece of audio equipment than to an iphone, and frankly I think it very reasonable to expect it to have lasted quite a lot longer than it has. Dodgy PSU connectors, fading display, tacky front panel, knackering speakers. Pretty bad TBH. Perhaps because it was never all that expensive, it's somewhat excusable, but not to have a lifespan of 3 years and people thinking it's done really well to just about still be on life support after 10.

    I know that's how people accept things should work these days but I think it's dodgy ground. I have 3x smartwatches that are less than 5 years old and all completely dead. If you sold any other kind of £200-300 watch that was dead within 5 years, people would be suing and you'd be out of business as a company.

    .. and just to be clear I am a confirmed boom fan, with several of them in the house. Just a matter of opinion on Logitech's product quality (and of course their idiocy in EOLing the whole product set)
    Last edited by tin; 2019-12-15 at 14:48.

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    I have 2 Booms from way back - both in perfect working order (although rubbery front & top panel encrusted with dust which seems impossible to remove).
    Touch x 2, Booms x 2, Squeeze Cntrl on Samsung S9+ (Duet Receiver + Controllers x 2 - semi-retired)

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