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    Emulation mode testing Round III

    I have uploaded a new alpha dongle which I think has changed and I believe improved enough from Round II that I'd like those of you that have tried mvpmc and experienced problems to give it another look.

    Thanks for the feedback so far.

    Martin

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    Martin,

    Only a very quick test before leaving for work this morning.

    I deliberatly tried choosing tracks from ML2 as soon as the MVP loaded [this usually caused a problem presumably because the PC at server end was busy at this point]

    but today no problems at all, I also tried clicking a lot in the weather plugin again no problems

    I have left ML2 running generating random playlists and will report if its still going when I get home tonight

    at this point I'd say that the signs are, that this is a good dongle you have built

    Tkgafs

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    Did a quick try on this one yesterday, because I am following this thread with great interest. I am interested in WOL in particular. MVPMC appeared not to be as scary as I thought from the description of the 'Linux gang'. I just placed it in the dongle dir of GBPVR. The first time it took a while with showing an unsynchronised screen with only something like 'www.mvpmc.org' scrolling over the screen. Than it became stable, and the dongle apparantly was loaded. The only thing to do was choose emulation mode.

    As with sub's own dongle, my 20+ years old CRT had a noticeable flickr on the screens. Overall the system seems slower on responding to keystrokes. Live TV had serious problems, but I have to test again to see if it is persistent. I watched one channel for a few minutes switched to the next, than the system hung. After power cycle with the green button GBPVR said there was no device available for video. Finally I ran standard NETradio for three hours, which was fine. For watching the late news I switched back to the standard GBPVR dongle.

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    Hi Martin,

    first longish run lasted 8.5 hours before my daughter decided that the playstation must be plugged in and the mvp unplugged but no problems up till that point.

    Next run lasted 3 hours until it failed when ML2 did its nightly scan for new items to add to the library, but this often fails at this point so I'm not concerned particularly about it.

    I have started it running again this morning and will see whats happening when I get home tonight.

    But I am now pretty sure that certainly for playing music this is now my preferred dongle.

    I dont really play tv / recordings through the mvp so can't comment on how well they are working, but the following plugins all seem ok

    Cinema,Weather,News and of course MusicLibrary2

    I would agree with the quote above that the remote dosn't seem to quite as responsive as when using the hauppauge dongle


    Keep up the Good Work

    Tkgafs

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    Hi

    I've loaded the latest dongle but can't seem to get more than 2 or 3 tracks to play using ML2. It just stops at the end of a track, mostly the first one, but sometimes it plays the second, and in very rare cases the third.
    Thing is, I'm almost certain I ran an mvpmc dongle last week that worked but I've gone thorugh them all and can't find one that makes a difference. Can you think of anything I can try as other people seem to be running it OK so I'm assuming it should work. I've tried using different MVPs and turning off the ML2 screen saver in case that was causing a problem.

    Other than that, the latest release works well for me. It occasionly reboots for no apparent reason while on the menu, even if just left at the menu, but always performs well when watching recordings including skipping forwards and backwards. I like the volume control which works far better than with the 99.12 dongle and I also get to see all of the picture now, which is a bonus as with all standard dongles I lose about 10%. We rarely watch live TV but cbeebies is sometimes on for the nipper and it seems to work OK.

    Keep up the good work, for me this is the best dongle for consistancy across all my MVPs - if only i could sort out the ML2 playlist issue...

    Macgyver

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    Continued testing today:
    - Live TV still problematic. Stops after a while.
    - Video -AVI won't work at all. -MPG stops after half a minute or so
    - I now have ML2 running 30 minutes (9th track) which seems fine. I'll continue that one.

    EDIT: It had run for over 6 hours before I had to manually stop it.

    The positive side is that after a crash the restart is much faster. Same is true for a power cycle with the green button.

    Will report later some more.
    Last edited by pz1; 2007-04-06 at 11:58 AM.

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    MusicLibrary2

    Just to be sure I am running Psyciks plugin MusicLibrary 2 available from the wiki http://gbpvr.com/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Plugin/MusicLibrary2
    I am running the most recent version which is 5.4

    As I see other people are having trouble playing music could you possibly be using Subs music library which is most confusingly called musiclibrary2.

    My mvp is also connected directly to my server using a crossovercable

    Tkgafs

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkgafs View Post
    Just to be sure I am running Psyciks plugin MusicLibrary 2 available from the wiki http://gbpvr.com/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Plugin/MusicLibrary2
    I am running the most recent version which is 5.4

    As I see other people are having trouble playing music could you possibly be using Subs music library which is most confusingly called musiclibrary2.

    My mvp is also connected directly to my server using a crossovercable

    Tkgafs
    Subs music library is called 'Music Library" not 'musiclibrary2'. After a major graphical overhaul or 'Music Library' (six months or so ago) the skin directory had a '2' appended to represent the major change, and to force outdated skin files not to be used. This is in no way a change of the screen name - it is 'Music Library' just like name shown on the main menu. Not that confusing. The only people it might confuse are those editing the skin files, not those that just use it.

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    Thanks for the feedback, I probably won't get to much down with GBPVR since my XP box doesn't even give me a logo and there are pieces of hardware everywhere. At least it's a long weekend but I'd rather have been moving files to my new PC.

    I digress...



    Quote Originally Posted by pz1 View Post
    MVPMC appeared not to be as scary as I thought from the description of the 'Linux gang'. I just placed it in the dongle dir of GBPVR.
    When I joined the project that was one of my main goals. It was way too complicated originally.

    The first time it took a while with showing an unsynchronised screen with only something like 'www.mvpmc.org' scrolling over the screen.
    I looked at the code and that screen is hardcoded NTSC. I'll fix that tonight.
    As with sub's own dongle, my 20+ years old CRT had a noticeable flickr on the screens.
    I'm not sure how to resolve this, I will try something
    Overall the system seems slower on responding to keystrokes.
    Quote Originally Posted by tkgafs View Post
    I would agree with the quote above that the remote dosn't seem to quite as responsive as when using the hauppauge dongle
    It is definitely but that is partially intentional. I try and keep some consistency with the screen updates, Hauppauge queues up more keys but can hang with busy screens.
    Live TV had serious problems, but I have to test again to see if it is persistent. I watched one channel for a few minutes switched to the next, than the system hung. After power cycle with the green button GBPVR said there was no device available for video
    I strongly recommend you use the GBPVR server option which should cause a full reset after a crash. Having one extra should allow you right back in


    Quote Originally Posted by pz1 View Post
    Continued testing today:
    - Live TV still problematic. Stops after a while.
    - Video -AVI won't work at all. -MPG stops after half a minute or so
    The video issue is very strange, but I will look into it more. It might be a 99.5 vs 99.12, but I can't do anything until XP recovery.

    Martin

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    Quote Originally Posted by macgyver View Post
    Hi

    I've loaded the latest dongle but can't seem to get more than 2 or 3 tracks to play using ML2. It just stops at the end of a track, mostly the first one, but sometimes it plays the second, and in very rare cases the third.
    Are these queued tracks or do you listen one by one?

    Thing is, I'm almost certain I ran an mvpmc dongle last week that worked but I've gone thorugh them all and can't find one that makes a difference. Can you think of anything I can try as other people seem to be running it OK so I'm assuming it should work. I've tried using different MVPs and turning off the ML2 screen saver in case that was causing a problem.
    Other then confirming you are running 0404 I don't have a lot of solution.

    Keep up the good work, for me this is the best dongle for consistancy across all my MVPs - if only i could sort out the ML2 playlist issue...
    This is something I should be able to do. Can you confirm you are running 99.12

    Thanks

    Martin

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