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by Alan Thew
Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Gapless playback
Replies: 17
Views: 9791

Re: Gapless playback

I'm stumped, then. If it works for you off a network share, I can't imagine why it's not working for me off the local SD card, unless it's an SD speed issue, as I suggested. I haven't been able to dig out a faster SD card; mine are all old as I don't really use them much. Thanks again!
by Alan Thew
Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Gapless playback
Replies: 17
Views: 9791

Re: Gapless playback

Not sure I entirely understand that. I didn't know anything needed to be written, code-wise: I thought it was just a question of compiling the existing codebase to run on the Pi. But then I don't know much about OpenELEC. In any case, trondis23 says it already does work for him. Confused.
by Alan Thew
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Gapless playback
Replies: 17
Views: 9791

Re: Gapless playback

Thanks for your help so far, trondis23. I've tried the June 26 image from sparky0815's site. Unfortunately the performance is exactly the same: stutters between tracks for all file types. So there must be something else going on in my set-up that's causing this... Power supply seems unlikely, as I'm...
by Alan Thew
Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Gapless playback
Replies: 17
Views: 9791

Re: Gapless playback

Thanks again. I'll give it a go. Totally agree about gapless. I just can't believe the extent to which this seems unimportant to almost everyone. I've been pinning back an old version of gstreamer-plugins-good on my Debian system for at least a year because gapless (which used to work, at least for ...
by Alan Thew
Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Gapless playback
Replies: 17
Views: 9791

Re: Gapless playback

Could I ask for a bit more help? I've tried the 23 June build of OpenELEC as suggested. OpenELEC itself looks awesome; but I'm not getting gapless playback. I've tried WAV, FLAC, Lame MP3 and Nero AAC, and the result is pretty much the same for all formats: momentary stutters between each track. Not...
by Alan Thew
Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Gapless playback
Replies: 17
Views: 9791

Re: Gapless playback

Thanks trondis23, I'll try both those suggestions. Looks like I'm not going to get a chance for a few days now, which is annoying as I'm now itching to give them both a go! (Might have time to look at the Android app.) There seem to be two builds on 23 June; I guess I'll try the later one and hope t...
by Alan Thew
Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:18 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Gapless playback
Replies: 17
Views: 9791

Gapless playback

On my Debian PC I use the Windows music player Foobar2000, running in Wine, because it is the only way I have found to play back AAC files (.m4a) gaplessly. Ridiculous, I know, as the files are all encoded in Linux using the native NeroAacEnc command line AAC encoder provided by Nero Digital. Gstrea...
by Alan Thew
Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Adding a USB HUB
Replies: 14
Views: 2508

Re: Adding a USB HUB

I haven't had any problems so far, but I've only had a few devices plugged in. What difference do you think it might make, and why? If there's a good reason (and I'm sure you both have one or you wouldn't have suggested it!) then of course I can put an update on the blog post.
by Alan Thew
Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Wireless USB not working
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Re: Wireless USB not working

iwconfig wlan0 power on doesn't turn the adaptor on; it turns power management on. In fact I have to issue iwconfig wlan0 power off in order to make my adaptor work properly, otherwise the power management disconnects it after a while. But jecxjo is right, lsusb will list your adaptor even if it's ...
by Alan Thew
Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Power issues? How to tell?
Replies: 14
Views: 3186

Re: Power issues? How to tell?

Any progress, Sailing_Nut? In case it's any use, I said above I was going to post how I'd solved my own power problems by building a powered USB hub, and I have now done so, so here's the link: http://pihub.blogspot.com No one seems to have found it yet (not even the Google bot) so I thought a bit o...
by Alan Thew
Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Adding a USB HUB
Replies: 14
Views: 2508

Re: Adding a USB HUB

If you ever fancy upgrading your unpowered USB hub to a powered one, I finally got round to posting how I did it. You'll need to be handy with a soldering iron but it's essentially not difficult:

http://pihub.blogspot.com
by Alan Thew
Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Power supply and powered USB hub
Replies: 0
Views: 679

Power supply and powered USB hub

I have built a powered USB hub for my Raspberry Pi, by butchering an unpowered 4-port USB hub bought in a pound shop. Since this is a very cheap way to get 5 USB ports on a Pi, and power the whole thing off a single plug, using spare parts many people will have in their bits cupboard, I thought it m...
by Alan Thew
Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Power issues? How to tell?
Replies: 14
Views: 3186

Re: Power issues? How to tell?

Something as thin as bell wire probably won't do for supplying the current you'll need for a Pi, and I have seen some very thin wires (akin to in-ear headphone wires) being sold with cheapo USB chargers. But I would have thought a charging cable from your phone ought to be OK. The fact that you're s...
by Alan Thew
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: How do I know if my Pi is shut down?
Replies: 6
Views: 1751

Re: How do I know if my Pi is shut down?

The last message on the console will say "System halted" (I think -- or words to that effect) and the cursor will stop blinking.
by Alan Thew
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Emulators and the R-pi
Replies: 74
Views: 37677

Re: Emulators and the R-pi

When I get the chance (what with a million or things to do that magically get in the way) I am going to have a go at finding a suitable Amstrad CPC emulator (such as Arnold) and compiling that. If anybody has already managed it can they give any pointers or pitfalls on the libraries involved? I com...
by Alan Thew
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB peripherals support
Replies: 14
Views: 5267

Re: USB peripherals support

Ah, thanks.
by Alan Thew
Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Adding a USB HUB
Replies: 14
Views: 2508

Re: Adding a USB HUB

Yep, that 4-port hub looks familiar! Aren't pound shops brilliant!

I notice you're using composite video and not HDMI like me. I guess that probably also makes a difference.
by Alan Thew
Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Adding a USB HUB
Replies: 14
Views: 2508

Re: Adding a USB HUB

Well done, Spenmixa -- sounds like you've been quite lucky. I tried to do pretty much the same thing, even down to the HTC charger and pound-shop hub, and it didn't work for me. Guess my keyboard or mouse were pulling just slightly more current. I have to say I'm amazed you got all that lot working ...
by Alan Thew
Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Power issues? How to tell?
Replies: 14
Views: 3186

Re: Power issues? How to tell?

The unfortunate thing is that I have a ton of spare very hefty PSUs around, but getting them mated to a micro USB is an issue. I read somewhere that you can power the Pi by supplying voltage to pins on one of the headers. <snip> If you're talking about doing that, it sounds like you're happy to sni...
by Alan Thew
Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Catch up TV
Replies: 11
Views: 12561

Re: Catch up TV

You (OP) should just get the latest version of raspbmc. Im watching all my movies, which are dvd rips <snip> Really? How come? DVDs are MPEG-2 and I thought there was no hardware acceleration for this? There are threads on here about trying to play DVDs/MPEG-2 and they basically say it doesn't work...
by Alan Thew
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: USB power issues
Replies: 3
Views: 796

Re: USB power issues

Have a look at this thread:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 471#p99471

Both the poster of that thread and I have had trouble even with a 1A PSU.
by Alan Thew
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Power issues? How to tell?
Replies: 14
Views: 3186

Re: Power issues? How to tell?

When I first got my Pi I too was using a 5V 1A supply (a charger for an HTC Desire in fact) and I also had problems, though not exactly as you describe (poor keyboard response, including missed or randomly repeated keypresses; occasional hangs). Although I thought 1A ought to have been sufficient, I...
by Alan Thew
Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Keyboard and Mouse was working, now not working
Replies: 12
Views: 2511

Re: Keyboard and Mouse was working, now not working

Surely no keyboard will actually draw anything like 1A, whatever the sticker on the bottom may say? Besides, the OP says it was working initially (I assume working perfectly, not working intermittently with random key repeats and missing keypresses?) Before you buy anything, I would try to borrow a ...
by Alan Thew
Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: max volts
Replies: 12
Views: 1774

Re: max volts

Those voltages are unloaded, by the way, as I assume that's what you're measuring too. Some older/cheaper wallwart-type adaptors will be way over the rated voltage unloaded, but will drop when a current is drawn. They're best avoided. Most micro-USB phone chargers will stick pretty close to 5V; the ...
by Alan Thew
Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: max volts
Replies: 12
Views: 1774

Re: max volts

That should be just OK. It's borderline within 5 per cent of 5V so it's impossible to predict. Try it and see. It's not far enough over 5V that I would have thought you could do much damage: I tried a 2A PSU at 5.40V and the Pi wouldn't boot. I'm now using a 4A PSU from an old label printer at 5.15V...

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