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    Help !

    For Christmas my fiance bought me a Squeezebox 2. This is an excellent bit of kit and considering what it is and the price it doesn't sound half bad in my system either !

    I do however have a couple of issues that I hope you'll be able to assist with.

    For your information:

    I am using a G5 Apple Mac as the server and streaming the data down to the Squeezebox through a Cat5 UTP cable through a Linksys Wireless Router. All of the music has been ripped to AAC (192 over 44) m4a.

    Problems:

    1. The server occasionally locks up while in use causes blips in the music and very occasionally locks up the entire machine and I have to switch it off at the power button. (Surely not ... this is a Mac

    2. The Slim Devices network system doesn't appear to be able to find all of the albums that I have converted. These seem to be primarily Greatest Hits albums. Could this be anything to do with the way that I have ripped them ?

    Any help would be most apprciated.

    Thanks

    Paul.

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    Help !

    On 1/6/07, pjdowns
    <pjdowns.2k09jb1168114801 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
    >
    > For Christmas my fiance bought me a Squeezebox 2. This is an excellent
    > bit of kit and considering what it is and the price it doesn't sound
    > half bad in my system either !
    >


    congratulations!
    ....
    > 1. The server occasionally locks up while in use causes blips in the
    > music and very occasionally locks up the entire machine and I have to
    > switch it off at the power button. (Surely not ... this is a Mac
    >


    Yes, they do suck just as much as much as any other computer In
    particular, they tend to be slow. How much RAM, is it busy doing other
    stuff? The network health plugin might be useful too (use this from
    the Squeezebox's remote). Also, do you have iTunes integration turned
    on or are you using the music folder?

    > 2. The Slim Devices network system doesn't appear to be able to find
    > all of the albums that I have converted. These seem to be primarily
    > Greatest Hits albums. Could this be anything to do with the way that I
    > have ripped them ?


    It's probably a tagging issue -- how are the tracks organized and tagged?
    --
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    So across the Western ocean I must wander" -- traditional

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    Hi stinkingpig,

    Thanks for your prompt reply;

    The locking up thing I have now found is actually the rubbish Logitech software I have installed for the mouse I am using. When I go back to the wireless Mac mouse everything works a treat again.

    1. Thanks. Damn good little machine. Not quite as good as my CD player, but considering the original price difference I am not exactly surprised.

    2. Although it has to be said that the blips are sometimes there. I have just upgraded the Squeezebox's version by holding down the brightness button. Hopefully it will be better now. The Mac doesn't do anything else other than this at present. It does however seem to get a bit confused if it is downloading something else on the network or if I am using one of the other computers I have and downloading something on the internet, but then again that makes total sense. The Mac has 2GB RAM so should be enough and it is one of the last "True" Macs, being a G5 and using the Motorolla Chip rather than the Intel. I am using the Music Folder rather than ITunes. Felt this was slightly better, am I correct ?. One note, When you look in the music folder rather than under Artists I can find all of the albums correctly. It is only when looking under either Albums or Artists that there appears to be an issue.

    3. I used ITunes to burn them all, that is as far as I know ?? Sorry I am now slightly lost !

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    Re: Help !

    ....
    > 2. Although it has to be said that the blips are sometimes there. I
    > have just upgraded the Squeezebox's version by holding down the
    > brightness button. Hopefully it will be better now. The Mac doesn't do
    > anything else other than this at present. It does however seem to get a
    > bit confused if it is downloading something else on the network or if I
    > am using one of the other computers I have and downloading something on
    > the internet, but then again that makes total sense. The Mac has 2GB RAM
    > so should be enough and it is one of the last "True" Macs, being a G5
    > and using the Motorolla Chip rather than the Intel. I am using the
    > Music Folder rather than ITunes. Felt this was slightly better, am I
    > correct ?. One note, When you look in the music folder rather than
    > under Artists I can find all of the albums correctly. It is only when
    > looking under either Albums or Artists that there appears to be an
    > issue.
    >


    That all sounds fine... the firmware upgrade probably will help,
    especially if you go to a 6.5.1 nightly from
    http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/nightly/

    One other thing to try is to use your remote to go to Plugins >
    Network Test, then press down until you see problems.

    > 3. I used ITunes to burn them all, that is as far as I know ?? Sorry I
    > am now slightly lost !
    >


    I don't like iTunes or Mac myself, but basically you need to modify
    the tags for those albums. Are the tracks present when you browse by
    artist? Do you have your music in Artist > Album folders?

    --
    "I spent all me tin with the ladies drinking gin,
    So across the Western ocean I must wander" -- traditional

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