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Core Upgrade/Replacement

Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
Tl;dr
What to buy, when your Core dies?

I own two Cores, since their release, and both have worked perfect for my needs (openelec/Libreelec). I only use my Wetek Cores as Libreelec movie streamers (no tv needed), so the Core had been a great device. Both have become unable to update to the any of the latest LibreElec releases (currently stuck @ 8.0.2) and unable to play BR rips without stuttering or freezing.
Due to the unavailability of the Play 2 (although I don't need tv), I looked at the Hub, but find the lack of connections and ram unsuitable for my needs, as well as not much of a future-proof device.
Contacted Wetek, but they were unable to inform me of the availability of any upcoming devices.

Comments

  • Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
    https://www.wetekbusiness.com/products/

    I did find these, but they don't appear to be targeted for the home consumer.
  • codesnakecodesnake Posts: 744WeTek Community Member, Developers
    Why stuck on LE 8.0.2? There are official 8.2.x LE releases for WeTek Core. And also LE 9.0 is also in development.
  • Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
    edited March 26
    I posted in this thread "Le 8.2.2mr" that after installing any update past 8.0.2, my Cores will freeze within 7-8 mins of playback. I tried pulling the mSD card, formatting, and doing a clean install, yet the Cores keep freezing. The only version to play stable is 8.0.2.
    The only add ons I have installed are the movie & music scrappers for art work, as I use an attached USB drive to load my movie/music for the Core.
  • codesnakecodesnake Posts: 744WeTek Community Member, Developers
    @Wink_Dinkerson Can you provide any sample so I can reproduce your freeze issue on 8.2.x?
  • Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
    I installed the latest LE and attempted to play a ripped BD, which plays in 8.0.2. the freeze problem still exists, and I need to unplug the core to force a reboot. Is there a log entry that will remain, after I reboot? If you could tell me how to set the log and then retrieve/copy, I will send the log.
    I'm hoping that the problem is a "user issue" and is easily fixed, since the Core has a 100% wife approval :D
  • Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
    edited March 27
    @codesnake
    To let you know my setup, I have a USB drive connected directly to the core, with HDMI out to tv. I use ethernet to transfer my dvd/bd rips to the usb drive for playback.
    Today I updated to 8.2.4 via the LE gui, and the core stops without freezing, yet will not playback the movie rip (the Blu-ray rips will stop playing before 9mins). Since the core no longer freezes, I am hoping that you will be able to see in the logs what is causing playback issues. Please inform me how/which logs I should send.
    Thank You
  • codesnakecodesnake Posts: 744WeTek Community Member, Developers
    Issue the following command via SSH: cat .kodi/temp/kodi.log | pastebinit and send me the link it will output.
  • Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
    @codesnake This is the link that was returned:

    http://ix.io/13MK

  • codesnakecodesnake Posts: 744WeTek Community Member, Developers
    It looks like Kodi cannot read a file, a lot of errors:

    09:27:04.066 T:2874151840 ERROR: Read - Error( -1, 22, Invalid argument ) - Retrying
    09:27:04.067 T:2874151840 ERROR: Read - Error( -1, 22, Invalid argument )
    09:27:04.067 T:2874151840 WARNING: underflow: Error reading file - assuming eof
  • Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
    edited March 28
    Yet they play on 8.0.2. and none of the subsequent releases. Weird
  • codesnakecodesnake Posts: 744WeTek Community Member, Developers
    Try to play the same file form another USB drive or SD card.
  • Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
    edited March 29
    The playback problem is occurring with multiple movie rips, which none will play after 9 mins, which led me to believe the problem existed in the update, since they playback in 8.0.2. The usb hdd showed no errors, but I am taking your recommendation & I am going to try a new usb hdd. I ordered a new WD usb hdd, which will be delivered today, and I will report back my findings.
  • Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
    edited March 31
    @codesnake
    I updated to the latest LE, then placed several Blu-ray rips on a usb FD, and still the files stop playing before 9 minutes. Reverted back to 8.0.2, and the files play. I bought a new usb HDD, and transferred my movie/music collection, which all play with LE 8.0.2. I updated to the latest LE, and again many of the movie files fail to play past 9 mins. :'(
    http://ix.io/14VV
  • Wink_DinkersonWink_Dinkerson Posts: 64WeTek Community Member
    A search of the LE forums show that Core users have been posting freeze, stutter, and other similar issues since summer '17.
    https://forum.libreelec.tv/thread/9714-just-a-question/?postID=60679&highlight=WETEK%2BCORE#post60679
    As per post #7 by Chewitt, appears there is no love for the support of Cores and their "small user base". I will use my Cores, yet look for replacements, and hopefully Wetek will release new products soon, which can replace their Core.
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