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For those with power issues, this may have been covered before but I'll refresh it here, a decent 5v psu isn't enough if you overclock. the pi will pull more amps when overclocked. I have found that a 2 amp 5v PSU is good enough to run the pi in super OC or even at 1Ghz. anything below this you'll probably get resets and dirty shutdowns.

Also if overclocking be sure to add heatsinks to your pi. Either way raspbmc including this gotham branch run really sweet on the 3 pi's in my house, with super OC setting and 2amp psu's.

(2014-03-28, 00:54)miappa Wrote: Updated Gotham build, XBMC master from Mar 27 + newclock3 commits.

Some info:
• Master: [shairplay] Fix password protection & socket race condition (updated libraries included)
• Master: Some PVR fixes
• NC3: [PiSink] Analogue only supports stereo
• NC3: [PiResample] Work around AE not providing correct src_bits

Firmware from March 27 included


Additional info and testing (DVDPlayer etc.), see post #1

To install XBMC build, SSH to Pi:
Code:
wget -O xbmc-13-20140327-nc3.tar.gz http://goo.gl/AWsyRh --no-check-certificate
pv xbmc-13-20140327-nc3.tar.gz | tar xzf - -C /home/pi/.upgrade
sudo cp /home/pi/.upgrade/xbmc-13-20140327-nc3/{fixup_x.dat,start_x.elf} /boot
ln -sfn /home/pi/.upgrade/xbmc-13-20140327-nc3/xbmc-bcm /home/pi/.xbmc-current
sudo reboot

Hi Miappa, may I ask what the PVR fixes are in this build ? not seeing any issues but interested what tweaks have been made.

thanks
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(2014-03-28, 18:54)cool3reeze Wrote: Hi Miappa, may I ask what the PVR fixes are in this build ? not seeing any issues but interested what tweaks have been made.

Actually, it was only one PR, but it included 3 commits regarding channel icons.
See: 4477 (PR)

Regarding power issues, it´s very good that you have found a good solution, and what you recommend is of course good, but have in mind that it doesn´t matter what the PSU states as it might fail anyway, specially having in mind that most of them are chargers.
It is very individual.

Personally I have 5 PSU´s that I have played around with.
Two of them are 1A 5V that are perfectly usable with a Pi on even higher OC than super (they will fail before the Pi does though).
Another is a 2A 5V which is unusable on same setup with much lower OC, but the best one I have is a 2A though.
The last one is a pretty much unusable 1A 5V, dropping to 4,5V already on stock OC.

That said, a 2A PSU "should" be better, but you never know.

I say, if you have reboots/freezes/crashes or any other sorts of behaviour that could be a power related issue, check the voltage.
Do not rely on anything printed on the PSU.

And if you ask me, heat sinks might be completely unnecessary, at least with my Pi´s.
No matter what I do I don´t reach 85° which is the "stock" limit before it shúts down.
One Pi I run at 1050/500/600 (+ overvolted & overvolted SDRAM), when I stress it I can reach ≈ 77°.
The other one I run at 1000/500/500, also overvolted the same way, max temp I can reach is ≈73°.

When I say "stress it" I mean things that will not happen unless I make it, such as "forcing" CPU to 100% for a long period.

Both of them are staying between ≈ 58-64° when idle.

It might be very individual though (Pi, where you live, where you have your Pi etc.), but as you see heat sinks is completely unnecessary for both my setups.
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I've been running heavily overclocked rPI myself for atleast 5 months now (arm_freq=1100 core_freq=450 isp_freq=450 sdram_freq=500 force_turbo=1 over_voltage=8) and never had any crashes or any other issues. I do use active cooling for my rPI tho (heatsinks + fan) so temperature never really goes above 40C even under 100% load for prolonged time.
Back when I was trying various overclocks I found out that 'cheap' 5V 2A power supply would make my rPI crash occasionally with 1ghz+ clocks so I decided to upgrade onto proper power supply that powers everything that is connected to rPI now. It is 5V 8A power supply and its powering USB HUB (+ external hdd) + rPI + 90x LED WS2801 ledstrip. The total draw is somewhere around 5A with everything on at max. Haven't had single crash since then.
The power supply - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310714289368
Can really recommend it. It is really cheap and the plug fits most of the powered USB hubs that there are.
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(2014-03-28, 00:54)miappa Wrote: Updated Gotham build, XBMC master from Mar 27 + newclock3 commits.

Some info:
• Master: [shairplay] Fix password protection & socket race condition (updated libraries included)
• Master: Some PVR fixes
• NC3: [PiSink] Analogue only supports stereo
• NC3: [PiResample] Work around AE not providing correct src_bits

Firmware from March 27 included
I can confirm GUI sounds work properly again in this build. Smile

I have found another problem that causes massive playback stutter on a particular video (only after a large seek) that plays fine on Frodo (and seems to be there for at least the last few builds when I check back) but that's the subject of another post for tomorrow as I have to pull together debug logs and do a bit more narrowing down of what triggers it.
Kodi 18.3 - Mid 2007 Mac Mini, 4GB, 2TB HD, Windows 7 SP1
Kodi 18.3 - Vero4k, Raspberry Pi 2. OSMC.
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Some great insight there Miappa, true enough not all PSU's are created equal maybe I got lucky with my units. Also do you run your pi's in a case ? I do but they are not vented so temps on mine have hit 71 max which was a one off I think. Idle or general use it's low 60's.
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does the version in post #1009 feature the new buffermode option?
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It´s been in Gotham since... can´t remember, but September/October something.
Things have been fixed/changed/updated since then though, but yes it is included since a long while back.
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Can this be used in advancedsettings on raspbmc:

<alwaysforcebuffer>true</alwaysforcebuffer>
<freememorycachepercent>5</freememorycachepercent>

Or is deprecated?
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freememorycachepercent:
That has never worked, it's not a setting that exists (AFAIK anyway).
Have you copied something from somewhere else? I don't think that it will work on any platforms, perhaps some experimental build from somewhere(?).

alwaysforcebuffer -> buffermode
See http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=HOW...ideo_cache
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Just a side note on Heatsinks. They are a bit like seatbelts in this situation, not really useful for everyday function but if something happens (for example, a race condition while you are away and unaware of it) then they may just save you from some very toasty PCB issues. I've seen a fried RPi, it isn't pretty.

As for power/chargers, the NOKIA AC-10X (02715V5) has always proved very stable (with some rather insane overclocks we've run here, just for the 'giggles')
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(2014-03-29, 07:37)miappa Wrote: freememorycachepercent:
That has never worked, it's not a setting that exists (AFAIK anyway).
Have you copied something from somewhere else? I don't think that it will work on any platforms, perhaps some experimental build from somewhere(?).

alwaysforcebuffer -> buffermode
See http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=HOW...ideo_cache


I saw speaking of this about openelec rbej releases, but was deprecated for what I understood.

Thanks!
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Hi,

Question about playing music.
I'm using audio crossover (15 sec) with these builds, but every time when a new song starts (15 seconds before the end of the playing song) there is a hickup: A short gap. This can also be heard at the start and when stopping a song.
My pi is not overclocked. Default player is paplayer. How can i prevent that from happening? Anyone?
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I'm testing some videos on latest release (27 March).

From this site:
http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/

With Matrix sample (http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/xvi...matrix.mkv) I get some square artifacts. Tested in omxplayer and dvdplayer.
Is this normal for a low xvid?

With hddvd sample (http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/vc1..._hddvd.mkv) I only get sound on omxplayer, and slow image and hicup sound on dvdplayer.

Same results with other users?
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(2014-03-29, 17:56)Mafarricos Wrote: I'm testing some videos on latest release (27 March).

From this site:
http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/

With Matrix sample (http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/xvi...matrix.mkv) I get some square artifacts. Tested in omxplayer and dvdplayer.

Is this normal for a low xvid?

That video is not supported:
Code:
Format settings, GMC                     : 3 warppoints

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_motion_compensation

You may be able to play it by disabling omx acceleration and playing with dvdplayer.
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(2014-03-29, 17:59)popcornmix Wrote:
(2014-03-29, 17:56)Mafarricos Wrote: I'm testing some videos on latest release (27 March).

From this site:
http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/

With Matrix sample (http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/xvi...matrix.mkv) I get some square artifacts. Tested in omxplayer and dvdplayer.

Is this normal for a low xvid?

That video is not supported:
Code:
Format settings, GMC                     : 3 warppoints

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_motion_compensation

You may be able to play it by disabling omx acceleration and playing with dvdplayer.

You are speaking of hddvd sample, correct? As Matrix sample played OK, but only with some artefacts in some parts.
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