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    Why is my remote so sluggish?

    Hello,

    I've had the Squeezebox 2 for quite a while now, and upgrade the software on a regular basis. However, every few updates I return to the same problem which almost renders the device unusable.

    The problem is a sluggish remote response. On the latest "full" slimsever, this was so bad that I had to move to the beta update. It seems as every 3rd or so slimserver update has this problem.

    Even with the new beta update there is still a noticeable lag between when I press a button on the remote, and the action taken. On the previous slim sever, the delay could be up to 10 seconds making it impossible to browse.

    My PC is modern and fast, a Dual Processor, 2gig Ram, SATA2 hard drives stripped for faster access. (winXP, fully patched)

    There is no problem with the music, it never skips and seems to be buffered well.

    Is there a setting in Slimserver that can improve this response?

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    Just a thought, but is slimserver scanning your library by any chance when you notice the slow behavior?

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    Mine is a little slugginsh, too. Particularly with intial button presses.
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    Why is my remote so sluggish?

    > The problem is a sluggish remote response. On the latest "full"
    > slimsever, this was so bad that I had to move to the beta update. It
    > seems as every 3rd or so slimserver update has this problem.


    Do you always see this behaviour or do you give up after the first few
    minutes? Please keep in mind that slimserver will very probably be
    scanning your collection right after the upgrade. During this scan
    reaction can be sluggish. But in normal operation your configuration
    should be more than powerful enough (I hope you have something else
    running to work that second CPU core...). Can you give us some information
    about your music collection and slimserver version?

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    Thanks for all your responses!

    Ok, I'm currently running:
    SlimServer Version: 6.5b1 - 9173 - Windows XP - EN - cp1252
    Perl Version: v5.8.7 MSWin32-x86-multi-thread
    MySQL Version: 5.0.22-community-nt

    This versions is far more responsive than the previous v6.3.1 which was so bad after the last update version that it was almost unusable.

    The current version is still sluggish though, there is a noticable delay at all times, though I can still use it, but when extensive browsing (or searching) it becomes irritating.

    Being sluggish at all times, it is not the rescanning of the library.

    All my music is standard mp3's. I am running an ad-hoch wireless network with very good or excellent signal strength. There are sometimes some other networks present, but they are usually low strength.

    I have noticed this problem comes and goes depending on the slimserver version I have installed. Sometimes when I upgrade it gets better, and other upgrades make it worse.

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    Re: Why is my remote so sluggish?

    > SlimServer Version: 6.5b1 - 9173 - Windows XP - EN - cp1252
    > Perl Version: v5.8.7 MSWin32-x86-multi-thread


    Are you running the Windows binary or Activestate Perl? And what's your
    collection's size?

    Please try running the "Server & Network test" or something from the help
    section in the web interface (be sure you've enabled the plugin in Server
    Settings/Plugins).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Herger View Post
    Are you running the Windows binary or Activestate Perl? And what's your
    collection's size?
    wooo... steady on there ;O) I'm not sure of what you mean by Windows binary or Activestate Peal. Sorry about that, could you please explain what I need to look at to answer this.

    My collection is quite reasonable in size, some 8600 songs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Herger View Post
    Please try running the "Server & Network test" or something from the help
    section in the web interface (be sure you've enabled the plugin in Server
    Settings/Plugins).
    I'll check this out when I get back home.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Why is my remote so sluggish?

    > wooo... steady on there ;O) I'm not sure of what you mean by Windows
    > binary or Activestate Peal.


    Well... I wanted to add: "if you don't know, you're using the binary".

    There's an executable available which is compiled for Windows. But you
    could run the server using a perl interpreter (as is done on Linux and
    similar systems). But on Windows you'd have install ActiveState Perl
    yourself to do so. If you don't know what this is, you surely didn't :-9.

    > My collection is quite reasonable in size, some 8600 songs.


    This really sounds reasonable. Shouldn't be a problem for slimserver.

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    My Palm Remote quit working

    I was using my Palm TX just fine for months, and now it wont connect to Slim Server on port 9000. I have the exceptions in my firewall as specified by the user guide to open ports, and I have even shut off my Firewall to test and still get no response.
    Is anybody else having a problem or do you have a suggestion please? Everything else seems fine. Just cant use the Palm Remote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Herger View Post
    > wooo... steady on there ;O) I'm not sure of what you mean by Windows
    > binary or Activestate Peal.


    Well... I wanted to add: "if you don't know, you're using the binary".

    There's an executable available which is compiled for Windows. But you
    could run the server using a perl interpreter (as is done on Linux and
    similar systems). But on Windows you'd have install ActiveState Perl
    yourself to do so. If you don't know what this is, you surely didn't :-9.

    > My collection is quite reasonable in size, some 8600 songs.


    This really sounds reasonable. Shouldn't be a problem for slimserver.

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    Ok, I have tried the Network Test, and the results are excellent for up to 3000kbps (i.e. 100%) When I try 4000kpbs, it starts to drop below 100%, however, I believe from what it says there, that's pretty good.

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