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trotter232 01:23 AM 07-10-2014
Hi everyone

My father in law has just got himself a A300 and I ahve a problem setting it up for him

It seems that the parental lock is on and there is no way to turn it off to allow me to run the set-up wizard.

Does anyone have any ideas??

Many thanks in advance

aaronwt's Avatar aaronwt 05:36 AM 07-10-2014
WHy not reset to the factory defaults? It's in the firmware update section.

Or according to the manual, the default setup lock password is 4896.
spinbot's Avatar spinbot 07:49 PM 07-18-2014
I've had a few issues , mostly operator error or operator playing with 3rd party software causing an error. This time, I think I am innocent of issue, but just not sure how to resolve it.

When I am in file browsing mode, i can no longer switch to Jukebox or Jukebox Manager as I get a "Database Read Error".

The server I am accessing is run by UnRaid and works perfectly, so I have no concerns with it, especially considering I can access it and play content back through File Browsing Mode.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks
halfelite's Avatar halfelite 11:13 PM 07-18-2014
your NMJ database is corrupted. I would try to open it with NMJtoolbox and see what it says. if not just delete it and start over.
spinbot's Avatar spinbot 06:17 PM 07-25-2014
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your NMJ database is corrupted. I would try to open it with NMJtoolbox and see what it says. if not just delete it and start over.
I tried NMJtoolbox 2 many months ago and thought it was an excellent tool until I ran in to an odd issue that I simply could not fix (after manually trying to get my Vikings episodes to display right). The issue I had was basically I had a default image in the graphical listing for Vikings (as it wasn't reading it properly) and when selected, it would reboot the Popcorn Hour on me. Regardless of my reason, the point i was getting to is that I stopped using the Toolbox. I've since changed computer and don't have it setup anymore.

I've tried to install it again (which isn't the hard part). I had stored my "nmj_database" folder on one of my network drives (this wasn't so much planned as that is where it just happened to land). When I browse to the "media.db" file, it tries to load but gives me a big window indication an error of:
Error Retrieving Database Object (as the heading) and then a really long body saying:
System.Data.SQLite.SQLiteException: SQLite error
no such table: DB_VERSION
at System.Data.SQLite.SQLite3.Prepare

(and a lot more after this)

I just click "OK" and get an "Unhandled Exception has occurred in your application...." and press "Continue"

At this point I am at least in to the program, but no DB has loaded. I'm guessing the lack of Path's is a contributing factor, but if I select "Paths" I immediately get an error of "no such table: SCAN_DIRS". I click OK a few times and it just kicks me out of the PATHS section.

I guess the question that I should answer not asked, but soon to be asked is "Why do I not just start over again with my Popcorn Hour". The issue is that I am between 3000 and 4000 items on my server and it took a lot of updating to fix things up. I didn't rename all my folders each time a problem was found, I rather just used the PCH's feature and scanned for the right movie. I also found that all my previously stored artwork , in each movies folder, didn't display very well for fan.art. The resolution of my art was too high so it didn't get compressed right for the Jukebox.

So, I was hoping to fix my problem rather than start from scratch and spend many days updating again.

It would be nice if the Setting for the PCH C-300 just had a "Repair" option.
ChldsPlay's Avatar ChldsPlay 07:09 AM 09-10-2014
How does the C-300 work as far as Cinavia is concerned? Does it make it pretty useless for movies that have that protection?
dbone1026's Avatar dbone1026 07:15 AM 09-10-2014
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How does the C-300 work as far as Cinavia is concerned? Does it make it pretty useless for movies that have that protection?
Cinavia does not apply to the C-300, so you can play any movie you want in any format
ChldsPlay's Avatar ChldsPlay 07:39 AM 09-10-2014
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Cinavia does not apply to the C-300, so you can play any movie you want in any format
So, I can just rip my Blu-rays to a HD (or to a PC attached to the same network), and then play them from the popcorn? Including 3D and HD audio? Is it possible to control with an android app?

Any other similar devices that are better?

Thanks.
dbone1026's Avatar dbone1026 08:16 AM 09-10-2014
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So, I can just rip my Blu-rays to a HD (or to a PC attached to the same network), and then play them from the popcorn? Including 3D and HD audio? Is it possible to control with an android app?

Any other similar devices that are better?

Thanks.
The C-300 does not handle Blu Ray 3D. You would need either the PCH A400, Dune 3D series, or Mede8er. Android Apps are available for all players.
bdoyle13's Avatar bdoyle13 03:50 PM 02-06-2015
I have been a good supporter of Popcorn hour for a few years until now.

My Popcorn hour stopped communicating with my network. I tried tech support and it has taken months to try and resolve the issue since they can take days or a week to respond to support e-mails.

I didn't change anything on my network and it just started lagging like crazy and wouldn't play anything.

Turns out the network card and main board are fried after only two years of moderate use.

I need to return it to the manufacture for repairs at a cost of $65. plus I pay for initial shipping.

I've paid them and they cant even find the time to give me the damn shipping address.


When it works popcorn hour is great but buyer beware if you have a technical issue that Cloud Media needs to help you with.
GusGus748s's Avatar GusGus748s 10:14 PM 02-06-2015
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Originally Posted by bdoyle13 View Post
I have been a good supporter of Popcorn hour for a few years until now.

My Popcorn hour stopped communicating with my network. I tried tech support and it has taken months to try and resolve the issue since they can take days or a week to respond to support e-mails.

I didn't change anything on my network and it just started lagging like crazy and wouldn't play anything.

Turns out the network card and main board are fried after only two years of moderate use.

I need to return it to the manufacture for repairs at a cost of $65. plus I pay for initial shipping.

I've paid them and they cant even find the time to give me the damn shipping address.


When it works popcorn hour is great but buyer beware if you have a technical issue that Cloud Media needs to help you with.
You do know that PCH isn't based in CA, USA anymore right? They customer service was lousy then, and now that they are in China...I think it is even worse. I sold both of my PCH as ASAP!
bdoyle13's Avatar bdoyle13 09:56 AM 02-07-2015
Ya, I found out they moved but it was after I had purchased my unit. They still said I'd be shipping it to the U.S. but haven't given me an address. I'll never buy their product again if it's going to be this hard to use it and fix it. There's been issues since the beginning.
GusGus748s's Avatar GusGus748s 04:40 AM 02-10-2015
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Ya, I found out they moved but it was after I had purchased my unit. They still said I'd be shipping it to the U.S. but haven't given me an address. I'll never buy their product again if it's going to be this hard to use it and fix it. There's been issues since the beginning.
PCH and Dune both are worse than ever. I sold my PCH and Dune. I built a HTPC, which turned out to be much better for my family and I.
Gary J's Avatar Gary J 04:51 AM 02-10-2015
My Popcorn A-400 is rock solid. HTPC so last century.
GusGus748s's Avatar GusGus748s 04:56 AM 02-10-2015
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My Popcorn A-400 is rock solid. HTPC so last century.
That's good that it works for you. For my set up and large library of movies and TV shows, PCH didn't work.

I also like playing music and both Dune and PCH wasn't the best option for that. You cant beat a HTPC if you one a versatile system.
Gary J's Avatar Gary J 05:10 AM 02-10-2015
There are plenty of PCH people with huge libraries and playing music, using apps, etc.
GusGus748s's Avatar GusGus748s 06:01 AM 02-10-2015
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There are plenty of PCH people with huge libraries and playing music, using apps, etc.
That's awesome. All I know is not to buy or recommend anything from PCH. if it works for you that's great.
Gary J's Avatar Gary J 06:09 AM 02-10-2015
All I know is PCH 400 threads are all but dead because there are all but no issues with them.
GusGus748s's Avatar GusGus748s 06:28 AM 02-10-2015
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All I know is PCH 400 threads are all but dead because there are all but no issues with them.
PCH moderators pretty much remove any comments they deem detrimental to their products.
Gary J's Avatar Gary J 06:48 AM 02-10-2015
I am talking about AVS forums. As for PCH forums I have not needed them for years. Pretty wild un-backed up claim anyway.
GregF's Avatar GregF 08:24 PM 03-12-2015
I'm not posting to gloat, but to those who find this device endlessly frustrating as I did: I finally had enough and built a low cost HTPC and have no regrets whatever. I can play things I couldn't play before, and everything is much much faster, and zero crashes.
Gary J's Avatar Gary J 04:44 AM 03-13-2015
Same with PCH 400 except nothing to build/maintain.
tf4's Avatar tf4 04:49 AM 03-13-2015
I am experiencing green artifacts on dark scenes on the Popcorn 410 (MKV Bluray). Anyone else have this issue? I also have issues playing larger FLAC files. I am not very thrilled at this point with this player.
Gary J's Avatar Gary J 05:22 AM 03-13-2015
Nope such issues. User error.
halfelite's Avatar halfelite 09:21 AM 03-13-2015
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I am experiencing green artifacts on dark scenes on the Popcorn 410 (MKV Bluray). Anyone else have this issue? I also have issues playing larger FLAC files. I am not very thrilled at this point with this player.
Usually anything green related is HDMI handshake. But since you are also having problems with flac files. Is this coming over a network or local?
aaronwt's Avatar aaronwt 06:45 AM 03-14-2015
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All I know is PCH 400 threads are all but dead because there are all but no issues with them.
I know I rarely post anything about my two A400s. They have worked great with my 2D and 3D BD ISOs and my MKVs. Streamed from my three unRAID setups.
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