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post #931 of 1110
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R22.1 (service patch)
http://www.pivosforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&p=28911#p28911

- added RMusic jukebox.
- added DMD-RMJ jukebox.
- added screen capturing.
- added horizontal menu navigation.
- fixed: SRJG compatibility with srt subs and multichannel audio.
post #932 of 1110
I have loaded the latest SO R22 last week (without the service patch mentioned above) and I do not see anything refering to SRJG JUKEBOX,
the instructions for jukebox read:

Open the "Jukebox -> config -> Movie path" and select the root folder of you movie collection on

But I don't see JUKEBOX on any of the screens.

Please advise.

thx
Edited by pillot - 4/2/13 at 8:39am
post #933 of 1110
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Originally Posted by rajdori View Post

other than BT functionality, what are (if any) benefits of using internal HDD as compared to external USB-connected HDD? 4TB external is available cheaper $/gb with backup s/w (say Seagate Backup Plus) compared to say WD Green internal. External 4TB can be used for more purposes than a 2TB internal. And hence the question.


Yes, but your new usb 3.0 external would have to connect to Aios's USB 2.0 input (unless you took the external 'out of the box').
post #934 of 1110
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Originally Posted by pillot View Post

I have loaded the latest SO R22 last week (without the service patch mentioned above) and I do not see anything refering to SRJG JUKEBOX,
the instructions for jukebox read:

Open the "Jukebox -> config -> Movie path" and select the root folder of you movie collection on

But I don't see JUKEBOX on any of the screens.

Please advise.

thx

Go Setup -> Customization -> Video Menu -> SRJG Jukebox.
post #935 of 1110
I bought my AIOS back in January of 2012, along with a proper AVR, center channel, subwoofer, etc. Finally, it was time to say goodbye to 2 channel sound from 5.1 sources. As with almost everyone, it was easy to setup and use across my GB LAN connected to file servers. There were little issues from time to time, but nothing that was horrible.

Whenever I press pause while watching an AC3 or DD audio source, my sub and mains will pop. I have to mute the AVR first, then press pause. No big deal, only that aac audio does not throw back the same pop.

I never liked the fast forward/rewind function. It's probably my files causing delays when stopping the fast forward/rewind.

To see if I could "fix" these, I loaded the AIOS_AASOROR-R22_3.0.1.7 firmware tonight. Easy process. Well documented and easy to follow steps. I was hoping new firmware would fix my audio pop issue. It didn't. Which leads to my other task from yesterday. I borrowed a Raspberry Pi from school, and installed Raspbmc to an SD card. It took 16 hours to scrape 213 tv show folders. Yikes! I like the interface. My Toshiba TV remote can control basic functions of the Pi. Pause, play, power, file info. That was a bonus. And the clincher: no audio pop when pausing/unpausing. In fact, the audio negotiation on the Pi is quicker than with the AIOS. Maybe XBMC has a buffer. The AIOS begins to play the content as soon as it can, even if the audio is not quite ready. As a result, I can miss a few words. Again, minor issues.

First, what is the deal with the audio popping?

With the unofficial firmware, I can't figure out how to list content on the screen with the most files visible. I think I can see a dozen little thumbnails (I'm not using artwork) at once, and only the highlighted file displays the name. With the stock firmware, the entire page of files would display the name. I looked and looked through the settings, but could not figure out which one to adjust.

Thanks!
post #936 of 1110
This could be due to interference, bad connection, damaged / bad cables, type of file, volume is too loud, etc. It might be that your AIOS has a defective HDMI, or the HDMI cable is defective. Try using a different HDMI cable. What type of file(s) are you playing?
post #937 of 1110
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

This could be due to interference, bad connection, damaged / bad cables, type of file, volume is too loud, etc. It might be that your AIOS has a defective HDMI, or the HDMI cable is defective. Try using a different HDMI cable. What type of file(s) are you playing?

I'm not sure the cable is at fault because I used the same cable for the Pi. But maybe it is the physical HDMI port on the AIOS. I'm assuming you don't have this problem?

This file pops: castle.s02e04.720p.hdtv.x264.ctu.mkv As does every other AC3, DD, or DTS encoded files.But not AAC or mp3 encoded content. That stuff is usually 2.1 encoded.
post #938 of 1110
I have had the Aios for quite a while and never got the popping with any of the firmware I tried.

Do you have another avr you could use with the Aios?
post #939 of 1110
Yes, but it's an old Denon without HDMI. And testing without HDMI seems counterproductive...
post #940 of 1110
I hope you're okay.

I was at work at Rona (imagine Home Depot or Lowe's) and helping a customer with faucets.

All of a sudden, I didn't know anything about faucets.

Now, I ran the plumbing department of a $56 million Home Depot store for 4 years. I know faucets.

But the knowledge just went away.

I decided it would be best to go to Receiving and be away from customers.I remember deciding to go there, I don't remember getting there.

That's where they found me, flipping around like a fish out of water.

My next memory was regaining consciousness inside an MRI machine.

Thankfully, I figured out I was in MRI before I freaked out.

No one knows what caused me to seize out.

No one knows why my Pivos AIOS is *so slow* to transfer data to.
post #941 of 1110
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Originally Posted by BigBlockMopar View Post

I hope you're okay.

I was at work at Rona (imagine Home Depot or Lowe's) and helping a customer with faucets.

All of a sudden, I didn't know anything about faucets.

Now, I ran the plumbing department of a $56 million Home Depot store for 4 years. I know faucets.

But the knowledge just went away.

I decided it would be best to go to Receiving and be away from customers.I remember deciding to go there, I don't remember getting there.

That's where they found me, flipping around like a fish out of water.

My next memory was regaining consciousness inside an MRI machine.

Thankfully, I figured out I was in MRI before I freaked out.

No one knows what caused me to seize out.

No one knows why my Pivos AIOS is *so slow* to transfer data to.

Transfer data via Ethernet? That's an easy one the AIOS CPU can't handle gigabit speeds.
post #942 of 1110
No, that's fine, I'm okay with not getting gigabit speeds. I get that there are limitations.

12 hours to transfer a 200 megabyte file by FTP to the hard drive?

That's dial-up speeds, across a LAN and a rack-mounted D-Link 100Mbps switch.

Something ain't right.
post #943 of 1110
Not sure what else to suggest as I know three other people using the Pivos and they don't have any popping issues over HDMI, regardless of the type of audio feed (DTS-HD, DD, TrueHD, DTS, and LPCM).
post #944 of 1110
It's bursty. The transfer happens at 30kbps (way small for LAN), then drops over a period of 30 seconds, then to nothing.

I've got 20 years experience as a Unix/Linux admin, and the problem is clearly with the Pivos box.

I love this little thing, it's clearly a good quality product with the features I wanted. And I love the enthusiastic and helpful community to support me.

Buggy software can be fixed. Cheap hardware cannot.

(And no, I don't blame the Realtek network hardware; it's plenty fast enough for this box.)


post #945 of 1110
Just picked up my AIOS - is there a quick new owners guide on things to do for a new unit ? eg. update to latest firmware, install new hard drive/preferred format etc ?
post #946 of 1110
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Originally Posted by jklow888 View Post

Just picked up my AIOS - is there a quick new owners guide on things to do for a new unit ? eg. update to latest firmware, install new hard drive/preferred format etc ?

I would test out the unit to make sure it's working properly. Once you establish that it's working as intended, install the latest semi-official firmware.

I didn't install a drive inside the machine. I use a portable usb hard drive formatted using ntfs for my media.
post #947 of 1110
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Originally Posted by audit13 View Post

I would test out the unit to make sure it's working properly. Once you establish that it's working as intended, install the latest semi-official firmware.

I didn't install a drive inside the machine. I use a portable usb hard drive formatted using ntfs for my media.

Thanks - I did a quick test when in the US with a USB stick to play some mp3 files, other than that being in Australia I am not going to have much of an opportunity to return it (unless at a very high cost) so am committed to using it.
post #948 of 1110
I also noticed the internal fan issues. I heard it buzzing, then at the 1st sign of video freeze i only put one of those mini laptop fan coolers underneath. (circular 1 fan usb) Only bought for a couple dollars off of fleabay. I dont use the internal drive either. I stream, which is why I found it weird to overheat even without using an internal drive. Regardless...the internal fan no longer buzzes (still functional but not sure if it's working as well as day 1). The usb cooling fan fixes my issue and since I'm using the USB on the AIOS, it only turns on when I turn the AIOS on.

Also, I have had my AIOS almost 2yrs...and have watched TONS of videos/shows...so I still say this is an awesome product. We have watched multiple seasons of multiple shows...yes...full seasons. We watch almost every time we eat. So our device has a lot more usage than most...at least I would assume so. (We also watch Movies with it.)...so I'm sure at least 1 or 2 THOUSAND hours of watching..
Edited by HaOsLsE - 4/16/13 at 8:19am
post #949 of 1110
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Originally Posted by jklow888 View Post

Thanks - I did a quick test when in the US with a USB stick to play some mp3 files, other than that being in Australia I am not going to have much of an opportunity to return it (unless at a very high cost) so am committed to using it.
In that case, go for the latest semi-official firmware. I find it to be very stable and it does everything I want it to.

I use my unit to play 1080p/24 files with HD audio, high-resolution stereo and flac files, and Internet radio.
post #950 of 1110
Once in a while, I like listening to Internet radio through my stereo system. If you are interested in listening to an Internet radio station, go to shoutcast.com, search for a station you like, click on the link and save the pls onto a USB key. Now, your Pivos to play the pls file from your USB key and you'll be streaming Internet radio in seconds.
post #951 of 1110
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Originally Posted by audit13 View Post

In that case, go for the latest semi-official firmware. I find it to be very stable and it does everything I want it to.

I use my unit to play 1080p/24 files with HD audio, high-resolution stereo and flac files, and Internet radio.

I've applied the latest semi-official R22 and it works fine - do have 2 issues and hoping aasoror or others can help:

1. My plasma is only 768 so on startup or switching the TV back on, I get a lot of glitches. Setting the TV system to 720p 50hz resolves the issue but this setting is not static on a reboot or when I switch the TV back on. Is there a setup file I can edit to set this permanently ?

2. While I posted earlier in this thread and aasoror responded, I think my question was mis-understood - is there an android remote control that allows me to view and control selections as if it was the TV output but on my phone ? ie. navigate on my phone/tablet and start/select what I want to play ? The web remote is just a remote which is dependent on the TV being on which is not what I want.

Otherwise, I am quite pleased with the audio playback and internet radio capabilities which is what its primarily for. I also uploaded an mkv and it played just fine so once I have all these little issues sorted out (or as best as it can be) and the various image art setups worked out I'll start transferring my digital content.
post #952 of 1110
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Originally Posted by jeff.lebowski View Post

First, what is the deal with the audio popping?
The popping is your AVR acting up with the AIOS, it varies from one setup to the other.
Here is a general recommendation:
go through the various "official" firmwares to see if any doesn't have that popping sound issue. (R22 has a different audio/video firmware than any of the official releases).
if you were lucky and found a version that works for you, then you just need to move it to the R22 and reflash .. its very easy process ..
http://www.pivosforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1496
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With the unofficial firmware, I can't figure out how to list content on the screen with the most files visible. I think I can see a dozen little thumbnails (I'm not using artwork) at once, and only the highlighted file displays the name. With the stock firmware, the entire page of files would display the name. I looked and looked through the settings, but could not figure out which one to adjust.
You have 3 view on the file manager (thumbs, list and preview), the actual implementation varies between 3.0.17 and 3.4.3.0
post #953 of 1110
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Originally Posted by BigBlockMopar View Post

No, that's fine, I'm okay with not getting gigabit speeds. I get that there are limitations.

12 hours to transfer a 200 megabyte file by FTP to the hard drive?

That's dial-up speeds, across a LAN and a rack-mounted D-Link 100Mbps switch.

Something ain't right.

First make sure you are on semiofficial R22.
Next if you have other GBit hardware on your traffic path make sure MTU is set to 1500.
Last try both pull from the network (via the AIOS interface) and pushing (from you windows PC).

More tweaks involves:
- moving from SMB shares to NFS shares.
- moving from NTFS formatted AIOS HDD to EXT3 formatted AIOS HDD (just doing this gives me 8 MB/s similar to my cheap entry level D-Link Gbit NAS).
- using optware to update to the latest SMB server/client (didn't try that but in theory should work).

Best of luck,
post #954 of 1110
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Originally Posted by aasoror View Post

The popping is your AVR acting up with the AIOS, it varies from one setup to the other.
Here is a general recommendation:
go through the various "official" firmwares to see if any doesn't have that popping sound issue. (R22 has a different audio/video firmware than any of the official releases).
if you were lucky and found a version that works for you, then you just need to move it to the R22 and reflash .. its very easy process ..
http://www.pivosforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1496
You have 3 view on the file manager (thumbs, list and preview), the actual implementation varies between 3.0.17 and 3.4.3.0

I bought a second AIOS from Amazon and it arrived today. It has the new remote, and I was so upset I failed to check the installed firmware. You can guess why I was upset. The pop is still there.

Before I had tried Raspbmc through a Raspberry Pi. There were no pops. After trying the new AIOS, I then tried the PC with VLC doing the playback. No popping.

I'm trying R22_3.0.1.7 right now and will report back.

More details on files that do and don't pop:

Does not:

Format : MPEG Audio
Format version : Version 1
Format profile : Layer 3
Mode : Joint stereo
Mode extension : MS Stereo
Codec ID : 55
Codec ID/Hint : MP3
Duration : 41mn 23s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 128 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Stream size : 38.2 MiB (11%)
Alignment : Aligned on interleaves
Interleave, duration : 24 ms (0.72 video frame)
Interleave, preload duration : 536 ms

Does:

Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Codec ID : A_AC3
Duration : 42mn 4s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 384 Kbps
Channel(s) : 6 channels
Channel positions : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Stream size : 116 MiB (10%)
post #955 of 1110
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Originally Posted by jklow888 View Post

Just picked up my AIOS - is there a quick new owners guide on things to do for a new unit ? eg. update to latest firmware, install new hard drive/preferred format etc ?
The the 3rd post in this thread.
Then head over for the AIOS support forums there is a whole "how-to" section: http://www.pivosforums.com/viewforum.php?f=10
post #956 of 1110
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Originally Posted by jeff.lebowski View Post

I bought a second AIOS from Amazon and it arrived today. It has the new remote, and I was so upset I failed to check the installed firmware. You can guess why I was upset. The pop is still there.
Do you have HDMI output set to RAW or LPCM or LPCM-Multichannel ?
post #957 of 1110
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Originally Posted by HaOsLsE View Post

I also noticed the internal fan issues. I heard it buzzing, then at the 1st sign of video freeze i only put one of those mini laptop fan coolers underneath. (circular 1 fan usb) Only bought for a couple dollars off of fleabay. I dont use the internal drive either. I stream, which is why I found it weird to overheat even without using an internal drive. Regardless...the internal fan no longer buzzes (still functional but not sure if it's working as well as day 1). The usb cooling fan fixes my issue and since I'm using the USB on the AIOS, it only turns on when I turn the AIOS on.

Also, I have had my AIOS almost 2yrs...and have watched TONS of videos/shows...so I still say this is an awesome product. We have watched multiple seasons of multiple shows...yes...full seasons. We watch almost every time we eat. So our device has a lot more usage than most...at least I would assume so. (We also watch Movies with it.)...so I'm sure at least 1 or 2 THOUSAND hours of watching..

I wouldn't think failing fan has much to do with freezing video "on a diskless AIOS".
That said, email support and they will send you a replacement fan (its really not that hard to replace).
post #958 of 1110
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Originally Posted by audit13 View Post

Once in a while, I like listening to Internet radio through my stereo system. If you are interested in listening to an Internet radio station, go to shoutcast.com, search for a station you like, click on the link and save the pls onto a USB key. Now, your Pivos to play the pls file from your USB key and you'll be streaming Internet radio in seconds.

There is also a shoutcast module on the AIOS
post #959 of 1110
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Originally Posted by aasoror View Post

Do you have HDMI output set to RAW or LPCM or LPCM-Multichannel ?

HDMI output is set to RAW. Both LPCM options do not allow for anything other than 2.1 output from receiver. Onkyo TX-NR509.

Firmware R22_3.0.1.7 still popped.
post #960 of 1110
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Originally Posted by aasoror View Post

There is also a shoutcast module on the AIOS
I saw that but I found it easier to save the playlist to my usb key and play it from there. This way, I can use either my Aios or PBO to play listen to Internet radio.
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