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post #1411 of 1651
I previously figured this:
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I would expect the file transfers to work better using the network than the USB3.

So far I have transfered 100's of gigabytes to the 3TB Hitachi internal disk from an external 3TB USB Seagate Backup disk without any problems. I think this works much better than connecting the Micca to the PC and is very much faster than using the network. I previously had numerous IO errors when using the USB3 port connected to the PC to transfer files. Now by using the USB2 host ports to connect to an external disk I had no errors at all. Incidentally, I have both Hitachi and Seagate disk partitions formatted for linux ext3 instead of ntfs if that makes any difference.

So now I recommend using an external disk instead of plugging the Micca into a PC to transfer files. I have had no problems using the network with Samba shares to move the files except that is much slower. I may never connect the Micca to Windows (or Linux) ever again.

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Edited by mods41 - 11/18/12 at 5:13am
post #1412 of 1651
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Originally Posted by pankov View Post

Guys,
can somebody point me to the exact Audio Setup options that I need to enable/change so I can get a 7.1 multi-channel LPCM from DTS-HD MA or Dolby TrueHD?
I tried setting the HDMI output mode to Multi-channel LPCM but all I get from my BD ISO files is 2.0 LPCM and I'm 100% sure that my receiver (Integra DTR-40.3) is capable of receiving multi-channel LPCM because that's what I use from my HTPC.
The reason I'd like to use 7.1 LPCM instead of the raw HD audio stream is that I occasionally get some strange screech/scratch sound and afterwards I either lose my center channel or/and I get strange "tin" like sounds from the other speakers.
Really? No one can/want to answer my question?
post #1413 of 1651
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Originally Posted by mods41 View Post

I got curious and set my Micca to be a DLNA Media Renderer so I could check my DLNA servers. I tried the VLC, Serviio, UniversalMediaServer, Tversity and Samsung Share Manager. None of those support server push to any renderer. (None of them work very reliably with a Samsung BluRay player in simple client pull mode either.)
I finally tried Windows Media Player because of your minimal results except I have most of the WMP features turned off to allow the rest of the servers to work without interference. So I couldn't even get WMP started sending to the Micca however slightly.
I do remember seeing some DLNA servers for Windows with the push capability when previously looking so there are some except I don't remember any specifics.
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I guess that's what I'm looking for - a program that can "push" to the EP950.
post #1414 of 1651
Is it correct that the EP950 will still not properly react to forced subtitles in MKV files?

Have any manufacturers with Realtek 1186 units been able to address this issue yet?

If there is a forced subtitle track in an MKV file, will it display if the unit is set to display regular (unforced) subtitles?

Thanks.
post #1415 of 1651
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by pliesj View Post

Is it correct that the EP950 will still not properly react to forced subtitles in MKV files?
Have any manufacturers with Realtek 1186 units been able to address this issue yet?
If there is a forced subtitle track in an MKV file, will it display if the unit is set to display regular (unforced) subtitles?
Thanks.

All Realtek and Syabas chip based media player have issues playing forced subs. However, you an manually turn them on.
post #1416 of 1651
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

All Realtek and Syabas chip based media player have issues playing forced subs. However, you an manually turn them on.

I never had a problem with my neotv 550 and full bluray's or ripping the main movie to a bluray folder (tsmuxer).
post #1417 of 1651
Still no news or updates. Disappointing.
post #1418 of 1651
Hey folks -- I found ways to stablize my EP950. As pointed out in this and other forums, this product is badly designed for heat removal. They simply put no slots or holes to encourage air movement out of the box, and with an internal 2TB HD, it cannot BREATE. As a result, I found that even using USB PC to 950 transfers, I would get unrecoverable HD errors. Modern Hard Drives are very stable and can easily tolerate running warm --- that's what they're spec'd for. But alas, it appears the 950 circuitry could be stressed, and start to contribute to drive data corruption. Of course, there are other matters of how to format, and what works best. For me, on a 2TB Hitachi, I let the 950 do the format first, so as to create the two additional partitions --- then place the drive in a PC and format just the Primary partion (NTFS), and verify all is well.

But the key problem is cooling. So I willingly got into the box and did my own changes, to help air flow. This involves some drilling around, and all this made my EP950 "behave". First, I removed the top cover (there's a small grommet on one side), and then lifted up and removed the plastic drive tray assembly (four small screws, lift up toward the right, and then unhook the two drive SATA cables). On the hinge side of that tray, I drilled out a bunch of holes --- its all simple plastic and easy to work on. Next on the bottom of the tray are a series of slots, which would ordinarily be right above the 1186 heat sink. With simple tools, I snapped off those plastic slots, so much more air could get through. For the top cover, I drilled out a series of holes, using a series of larger drill bits, on the hinge side of the cover. The metal is thin and easily worked, and I made sure to clean up the holes (and cover) of all stray filings and sharp edges. What all this will accomplish is let the box have some air intake (besides just that dumb ext SATA cover) to keep the PCB cooler.

One more thing I did was replace that inadequate fan on the right side of the housing. I checked my pile of junk, and came up with an acceptable 12VDC micro fan, just slightly larger than the original. I had to snap off some of the plastic ribbing near the fan area, and also drill a few holes to accommodate the fans mounting holes. It is all easily worked plastic. When the fan was installed, and the wires properly spliced in, I made sure that the drive tray basket would fit without interference. No problem. (If you do this, dont forget to plug in the SATA cables!)

So now the tray was in, the HDD drive verified it fit OK, and the SATA connector all OK, the top cover was reinstalled. When you turn it on, there is substantially more air flow coming out of the box rear, which contributes to keeping all the components happy. Before that, playing a 1 - 2 hour video would result in freezes, or lockups or mysterious Micca reboots. Now everything works OK, the fan is barely noticeable, and I have a stable 2TB box crammed full of videos and pictures.

This worked for me!
Edited by SuperBob - 11/26/12 at 4:28pm
post #1419 of 1651
SuperBob,
can you upload some pictures?
As it's said "A picture is worth a thousand words"
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post #1420 of 1651
Very interesting. I think it's ridiculous that this unit was designed so poorly for heat ventilation considering it was designed for use with an internal HDD in mind. Then again this unit has been quite a disaster in many respects since it's initial launch. I'm still waiting for 3D to work correctly, and I get the feeling more and more that it may never actually happen.
post #1421 of 1651
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Originally Posted by eagle_2 View Post

Very interesting. I think it's ridiculous that this unit was designed so poorly for heat ventilation considering it was designed for use with an internal HDD in mind. Then again this unit has been quite a disaster in many respects since it's initial launch. I'm still waiting for 3D to work correctly, and I get the feeling more and more that it may never actually happen.

It had/has so much promise too. It's amazing to me that my WDTV's are my most solid players....if only they did DTS-MA, then there would be no other media players in my house at all.

Bill
post #1422 of 1651
himedia have dropped any support for the 900b--obviously
the micca is just a rebadged himedia
maybe its had its life now
theres only so much that can be fixed if the foundations are bad
probably the micca is going the way of its sister
atleast my dune is still running strong thank god
post #1423 of 1651
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by denass View Post

himedia have dropped any support for the 900b--obviously
the micca is just a rebadged himedia
maybe its had its life now
theres only so much that can be fixed if the foundations are bad
probably the micca is going the way of its sister
atleast my dune is still running strong thank god

Yeap, if HiMedia is offering no support, I believe Micca will follow since they are the same media player hardware wise, and I believe they share the same FW. I wouldn't be surprise if that's the reason why Jack isn't on this forum.
post #1424 of 1651
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Yeap, if HiMedia is offering no support, I believe Micca will follow since they are the same media player hardware wise, and I believe they share the same FW. I wouldn't be surprise if that's the reason why Jack isn't on this forum.

If this is true then I'm very unhappy with HiMedia/Micca. What about this "alpha firmware" that is being worked on? What about the promises for 3D mode framerate being fixed? What about fixing the off-center image so that side-by-side 3D works correctly? These are serious issues. We have been flat-out lied to if they drop support on these players without first resolving these issues. This player has been borked from the start, and it had such potential. Another example of what happens when a company doesn't care what they sell you. How can they drop support when there are still serious issues?
post #1425 of 1651
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Originally Posted by mrfattbill View Post

It had/has so much promise too. It's amazing to me that my WDTV's are my most solid players....if only they did DTS-MA, then there would be no other media players in my house at all.
Bill

I agree completely. These companies have no idea what they are doing. They had a knockout of a player but their lack of firmware development and hardware issues have totally crippled it to the point where they just want to drop it completely. Way to go Himedia!

My WDTV is a great player, and I use it for all my SBS 3D since the Micca is incapable of playing SBS (or anything) without it being off-center. I had big plans for using the Micca for all my 3D media and sadly I've never been able to use it for that. The Micca has support for a much wider range of files - it plays 3D SBS images which is great, and plays back many files that the WDTV doesn't touch (I have a profile 5.0 mkv that the WDTV won't touch but the Micca handles with ease). But for stability and reliability, it's hands down the WDTV.
post #1426 of 1651
Heres some Pix I took of the modifications I made. Not elegant, but effective:)





post #1427 of 1651
nice work @superbob

im sure your hard drives will last longer.
post #1428 of 1651
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by eagle_2 View Post

If this is true then I'm very unhappy with HiMedia/Micca. What about this "alpha firmware" that is being worked on? What about the promises for 3D mode framerate being fixed? What about fixing the off-center image so that side-by-side 3D works correctly? These are serious issues. We have been flat-out lied to if they drop support on these players without first resolving these issues. This player has been borked from the start, and it had such potential. Another example of what happens when a company doesn't care what they sell you. How can they drop support when there are still serious issues?

A lot of companies start selling something just to try and make a certain profit. Thereafter, they bail out and do it again.
post #1429 of 1651
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

Yeap, if HiMedia is offering no support, I believe Micca will follow since they are the same media player hardware wise, and I believe they share the same FW. I wouldn't be surprise if that's the reason why Jack isn't on this forum.

Funny thing is according to his profile he was on here a couple of days ago. Guess he didn't see much point in posting without any progress to share...or be beaten up about.
post #1430 of 1651
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Originally Posted by djc11369 View Post

Funny thing is according to his profile he was on here a couple of days ago. Guess he didn't see much point in posting without any progress to share...or be beaten up about.

Interesting. Sad to hear that he couldn't even come on and give us a quick update one way or the other. We deserve that much after all the promises. I think most of us have been descent with Jack. Sure we've been frustrated with how the firmware (and hardware) has been handled from the start, but I think most of us has expressed gratitude to Jack for keeping us informed.

@superbob, nice job with those vents. So all HiMedia had to do is basically that same thing and there would have been much better ventilation? Wow, what's wrong with these designers? It's all about looks and no thought goes into actually protecting you HDD or the internal components of the system.
post #1431 of 1651
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

A lot of companies start selling something just to try and make a certain profit. Thereafter, they bail out and do it again.

Yup. It's too bad too. This had so much potential. Why design something that's so close to greatness then fall short and ruin it? I really hope this player gets a few final updates to work out a few key issues that really need addressing. If not, I will feel very unsatisfied with my experience with this unit. Heck, I'm still waiting for these issues to get fixed so I can actually start using it and enjoying it for 3D. I do use it for 2D playback but for anything 3D it has to be the WDTV.
post #1432 of 1651
This sucks. I was checking the Micca out and from reading the last 5 pages of this thread I'm now running away from this player. Apparently all the players out there are all crap. I was lucky enough to buy a couple Dune Prime's when they first came out and have had nothing but the best time with them. I still use them everyday and they work perfectly. I am looking for 3D support and all that...but it seems nothing out there comes close to being able to be a GOOD player. Damn.
post #1433 of 1651
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Opentoe View Post

This sucks. I was checking the Micca out and from reading the last 5 pages of this thread I'm now running away from this player. Apparently all the players out there are all crap. I was lucky enough to buy a couple Dune Prime's when they first came out and have had nothing but the best time with them. I still use them everyday and they work perfectly. I am looking for 3D support and all that...but it seems nothing out there comes close to being able to be a GOOD player. Damn.

A 3D Blu-Ray player will do the job biggrin.gif Pretty much all of the new 3D media players are having issues. May be in a few more years they'll be good.
post #1434 of 1651
Agreed. I had high hopes for this player, and a few more fixes could have put this player in pretty great shape. Instead it looks like we've been abandoned. All 3D media players have serious flaws right now in my opinion. There's no reason for that, just laziness and lack of care. Look at the ventilation - just a few holes in the back would help immensely with the cooling, yet these guys couldn't come up with that when they designed it?
post #1435 of 1651
Been looking through this thread - was elated when the stuttering was fixed - but now I see people are saying support is finished and the EP950 is no good for 3D - is this the case?

I'm after the holy grail of a Streamer that can play Blu Ray, MKV and 3D (TrueHD and DolbyHD- MA) content from a NAS and yet all these streamers seem to have big issues with them, whether it be stuttering, crosstalk, audio problems - it would seem the technology/chipsets just aren't mature enough at this point in time

Thanks
post #1436 of 1651
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Originally Posted by Manifesto1969 View Post

Been looking through this thread - was elated when the stuttering was fixed - but now I see people are saying support is finished and the EP950 is no good for 3D - is this the case?
I'm after the holy grail of a Streamer that can play Blu Ray, MKV and 3D (TrueHD and DolbyHD- MA) content from a NAS and yet all these streamers seem to have big issues with them, whether it be stuttering, crosstalk, audio problems - it would seem the technology/chipsets just aren't mature enough at this point in time
Thanks

not true
micca is wonderfull player but is streaming speed using samba or nfs are not good enough for BD 3D, at least in my experience.

but theres a alternative , the med1000x3d that is much better getting content from a NAS, no issues over NFS, and SAMBA can get 90mbps.
very stable firmware, only lack forced subtitles.

regards
post #1437 of 1651

Actually some of the nagging issues just require software changes. e.g. The SBS off-center bug. For playing true frame-packed 3D Blu-Ray rips this is not an issue but then the frame rate bug

will show itself on some TV's. Why Realtek is so guarded about the firmware they show so little interest or ability in perfecting I could not answer but based on my experiences with

my current neighbors it is clear that humans can behave very illogically/irrationally at times.

I myself have found a comfort zone with the 950. I no longer have regular freezing or reboots and file copying is working fine for me. The only outstanding annoyance for me is the

aformentioned off-center bug in the dvdplayer. I wish they would fix it in the current firmware and not roll the fix out with the newer version because I am quite satisfied with

the current user interface, although I now that it's a subjective thing, soem people hate the interface I am sure :)

Take care and good luck with your search for the perfect player and please do not forget us if and when you do find it.


Edited by rypaul - 12/4/12 at 5:31am
post #1438 of 1651
I just set up a raid 5 Nas4Free server and played The Avengers 3d, full Blu ray iso, over NFS shares without any stuttering with my HD600a (firmware 1.0.4.20) basically the same as Micca. This is the first setup that has been able to stream without stuttering. I also played a little bit off of a mybooklive over nfs shares and it seemed to do fine. With SAMBA I was always getting stuttering and it was unwatchable. Anyone else able to stream over NFS?
post #1439 of 1651
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by canton160 View Post

not true
micca is wonderfull player but is streaming speed using samba or nfs are not good enough for BD 3D, at least in my experience.
but theres a alternative , the med1000x3d that is much better getting content from a NAS, no issues over NFS, and SAMBA can get 90mbps.
very stable firmware, only lack forced subtitles.
regards

I don't get it. First you said the Micca was the best 3D media player out there. Now, you are saying that the Med1000x3d is the best.
post #1440 of 1651
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Originally Posted by Manifesto1969 View Post

Been looking through this thread - was elated when the stuttering was fixed - but now I see people are saying support is finished and the EP950 is no good for 3D - is this the case?
I'm after the holy grail of a Streamer that can play Blu Ray, MKV and 3D (TrueHD and DolbyHD- MA) content from a NAS and yet all these streamers seem to have big issues with them, whether it be stuttering, crosstalk, audio problems - it would seem the technology/chipsets just aren't mature enough at this point in time
Thanks

3D 24p framerate is still incorrect, and the image displayed is off a few pixels to the right - in other words the image isn't centered on screen, rather it is offset a tad to the right and a bit too low or high, can't remember which. So a few pixels rows of pixels are cut off screen. That means when playing back side-by-side or under-over 3D, the 3D is affected by a "mirror" bar on the left of the screen - a side-effect of the rows of missing pixels. In effect you see a "bar" on the left of the screen that appears to mirror what's on the right - this has been confirmed by other owners in this thread as well so if some don't notice it, and I don't see how you can't since it's so obvious, then whatever. But it's an issue and I don't use the Micca for 3D because of this. The bar is way too much of a distraction on the screen and there's no reason for it to be there. By the way the image gets cut off screen in 2D also, it's just that you can't tell - it's only in 3D mode that the weird "bar" shows itself as a result of the screen being off-center.

Also, my player regularly will not boot up - it gets stuck at the boot screen and never boots. It takes a shutdown and reboot for it to start up. This has been an issue ever since I got my player.
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