Posts by FeFiFoFum

    USB boot with a USB SSD adapter. Far superior to even the best SD card.

    I mean heck ok, that's a bit fancy! but, would it genuinely provide higher performance? there's little point in me doing it, if it won't actually help.


    I have spoken with Chewitt before about the GPU drivers on the Pi 4 not being great on LibreElec 9 as well, but Ithink this is a long term problem.


    I find K19 generally better than K18, but then I also don't think the K18 is sluggish. I notice a large difference in navigation scroll performance between IR devices and a BT device and remotes using a flirc dongle; but the same difference exists in K18 too.


    This is more about rendering times than input lag (in my opinion) it it's either the CPU, GPU or the disk read for each thumnail.

    As much as the SSD idea is cool, it becomes bulky and combersome - does anyone have any data quantifying a performance increase with much better disk performance? It 'feels' more CPU and GPU ish but I'm willing to try.

    (Would prefer a slick MicroSD for speed TBH but anyhow)


    In a long video listing, the RPi4 already scrolls much faster and smoother than an Intel / Generic device like my Gemini Lake box despite the more "oomph" it has... ?(

    This is absoloutely not the case using the Aura skin with 75TV shows and 2200 movies.

    However, I LOVE aura and will stick with it as long as I can. It's a very powerful and clever skin.

    I particularly like the 'up next' style widgets I can drop at the front 'next episode of TV show' and 'newly added series' - the layout is wonderful, thumnail size is good, the menu is logical. My wife hated Kodi before Aura and now she at least tolerates it.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make the UI perform particularly snappy?


    Video playback is fine, the UI with aura skin at least, still kinda not ideal.


    I'm curious if a reasonably priced high performance SD card will make the UI better? If so, what brand is the one you're all using?


    I use the flirc, no fan case, I'm ok with mild overclocking if necessary.


    I purchased the Pi4 18 months ago and I'm still unhappy with the performance of the user interface.


    I have not yet updated to Kodi 19, as my understanding is, its a huge change which breaks many add-ons and I assume my favourite aura skin is no good on it.



    Anyone figured this out? 720p forced UI does help, but it's quite ugly.


    If anyone says Kodi 19 is a huge Pi4 increase, cool, I'll consider it sooner but still intend to wait fair while :(

    RPi3 is using video driver code honed over seven years and millions of installs. RPi4 is using different video drivers that have been around for about nine months (if you include the alpha period) and things are still being fettled into good shape.Things continue to improve over time and with each bump in firmware and drivers.

    &


    RE: Is there an active Pi4 'testing' build? (Sorry, I had a peek, can't see one?)



    Hi Chewitt


    Any progress on the Pi4 driver performance, to make the UI a little more snappy?

    Has anyone ever seen this before?

    I had to use some very obscure commands, to reboot my Pi from SSH. Something went pretty critically wrong with my system and I'd love to identify the cause.


    This isn't a critical problem as I have now rebooted it, but I'm very curious what could cause this?


    "systemctl start reboot.target"

    Same error.


    Dmesg:>


    [53266.365393] systemd: 37 output lines suppressed due to ratelimiting

    [237211.330113] vchiq: 0: ignoring ERROR from callback to service c00b

    [306445.568291] No dialect specified on mount. Default has changed to a more secure dialect, SMB2.1 or later (e.g. SMB3), from CIFS (SMB1). To use the less secure SMB1 dialect to access old servers which do not support SMB3 (or SMB2.1) specify vers=1.0 on mount.

    [310280.982565] No dialect specified on mount. Default has changed to a more secure dialect, SMB2.1 or later (e.g. SMB3), from CIFS (SMB1). To use the less secure SMB1 dialect to access old servers which do not support SMB3 (or SMB2.1) specify vers=1.0 on mount.


    "reboot" same error.


    "telinit 6"

    Same error :(


    Ok the ONLY way I could remotely reboot was this.



    Code
    $ sudo echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq


    Code
    $ sudo echo b > /proc/sysrq-trigger


    The last thing in Kodi.Log was over 24 hours ago.

    I thought this might be a fun topic to expose features people might not know about.


    My system is pretty basic, I've been using Kodi since XBMP on the OG Xbox.

    I run the Aura Skin, with some custom playlists for my wife, so my more obscure movies are filtered out.

    I run a weekly cron script which backs the entire system up to a file, so I can re-burn an SDCard super super easily.

    I did run PiHole in docker but moved away from that, if I recall not all docker options are viable on ARM processors.

    I love my screensaver, it's"Picture Show Screensaver" it slides art for random TV and movies around in a very dim mode when left alone for a bit, helps me see some cool stuff I have.

    I have autolibrary updater plugin running.


    No VPN, Wireguard, or web based TV streaming options for me personally.

    I found getting youtube working a bit tricky to make the API key (and we have switch and PS4 anyhow)

    Wished I could've got Netflix working but it's kind of tricky if I recall, with a mediocre UI, vs "real" Netflix.



    What about you guys, what have you done to your system that makes you particularly happy with it, beyond the stock skin and functions in the tool?


    Thanks for your reply, I'll have a play with this.

    I don't suppose you know a way I can make it so I can select the boot OS BEFORE I reboot - so no keyboard interaction is required?