Posts by Grarea

    Thanks again.
    I remember doing that when i set it up but had forgotten about it.

    I think somehow I have just managed to toggle that with my remote just for that recording.
    Perhaps I leant on it or something.

    Actually, I use the same remote for the Libreelec pi and the tv.
    So, possibly, as i played with tv settings, it has been changing the pi at the same time.

    Check audio settings for that recording from the osd menu...

    Probably you changed audio stream to something else..

    Brilliant, you were right.
    I went to 'toggle audio stream' and that solved it.

    I forgot that was there for individual things.
    I was thinking it was for the whole thing.

    Every day is a school day.
    Thanks loads for that.

    I am looking forward to watching the rest of the recording, but more importantly, I know what to do if I do the same again in the future.

    Also I would to try to play it with another player (VLC on workstation?) to check if the audio is missing / not playing as well.

    Thank you for this, I hadn't thought of that.
    I sort of forget that this is now just data that I can remove and stuff.
    I shall remember this for the future.
    It would have been a great way to narrow it down.

    Does this sometimes happen?
    I was watching a film recorded from the tv and stopped it, when I went back to it it has no audio.

    I have audio for live tv and other recordings.

    Have i managed to change settings for just this one recording or does it just happen sometimes?


    Edit: I have rebooted twice.

    OK, found it.

    Well, somebody else found it for me.

    It is because I am using a tv.

    I had to make some changes in config.txt

    I had to change the HDMI group and mode to cea from dmt.

    Also it turns out i was in dvi mode, so had to change from dvi mode to hdmi.

    Ever since I used it, I have had problems.

    No sound on pi.

    A ruined ssd.

    A few issues with usb plugged into pc.

    My usb dac was playing up.

    My usb chargeable torch no longer charges.

    My little spdif card is shorted and that doesn't even have power to it.

    When i test the usb ports with a mouse, the light starts bright and dims to a less bright light from every usb port.

    It used to just come on bright and stay bright.

    All has got very confusing.

    I just wondered if you might might know something about them from the information i gave.

    You might have come across a similar scenario.

    There are undoubtedly going to be people on the site that know more than me.

    So, from your reply, you don't the answers or the information I gave is not sufficient.

    One of those.

    I am not expecting you personally to be the font of all knowledge but hoping someone on the site might have more knowledge than me and be able to offer some insight to me.

    For example, (again, not asking you personally, just putting it out there to see if anybody knows) are the upper pins just there to hold the cable in place or do they serve a signal purpose. Or perhaps they are an earth? Or are they just there to do a mechanical job in hiolding the cable there maybe?

    I am a bit stuck and am trying to work out things and trying to hopefully get some help from somewhere.

    The upper pins were bent down. All that was happening with the pins in that position were that it was causing damage to every cable i put into it.

    They had to be moved or else throw the pi away. No HDMI cable could go into them.
    I am trying to find out if that might cause issues to the pi.
    If not, the pi is fine and so it is likely to be settings somewhere in libreelec.

    If that might be faulty I should look more into that first.

    It arrived in a new box.

    I have spent a few days trying to make it work and not being very successful.

    I can't make libreelec work.

    I am trying to find out how to make libreelec work.

    I have read and tried many different things on various sites and am stuck.

    OK, great, thanks.
    Right, so, I should be able to get audio with 1.4 in the left hand port next to the usb C?

    I have been having all sorts of fun.
    I feel like I have tried everything.
    But please assume I have tried nothing.

    You don't think that a) me bending up those pins, b) a damaged cable or c) a potentially faulty usb to sata cable could have caused any damage causing the lack of hdmi audio do you?

    I just had a thought.
    A faulty usb to sata adapter couldn't short something in the pi and make HDMI audio not work could it?

    I have that, plus also that ssd fail, plus my spdif card on my pc seems faulty now as well.

    Plus I tried to charge my torch up from my pc and that won't charge from anything now.

    I am wondering if i have a fault somewhere.

    I can't think of anything other than the adapter and ssd that are common between my pc and pi.

    TL:DR Should an HDMI 1.4 cable work please?

    Among other things I am having trouble getting sound from my HDMI to TV.

    It worked from audio jack fine.

    I had a brand new official pi HDMI cable.

    Bit it was damaged.
    When I looked inside both of the hdmi ports of the 'brand new but off ebay' Pi4, the top left pins were sticking down.

    Prior to this I had tried using a little hdmi to micro adapter. This showed no video or audio.

    I didn't look inside the port before I used this adapter.

    When I realised my new official cable wasn't working, I looked closer and realised it was damaged.

    Then i realised that the top left pins were down and pushed into the plastic part of the cable.

    I pushed them up so they wouldn't do it again.

    I don't know if this could remove the audio if maybe I have pushed them too far?

    I am talking about the thicker metal pins. Not quite sure what they do, but look like they hold the plug in place? You know the ones?
    They go into the dimples on the outside of the plug itself.

    Anyway instead of spending a tenner on another new official cable, I have now been given an HDMI 1.4 just on the off chance that works.

    It doesn't.

    So, I thought I would check if the 1.4 should work with audio or not first please?

    Maybe some power issue?

    What power adaptor are you using?


    good thought.

    It is the official Pi 4 psu. Thought i would play it safe.

    Only things attached are:
    Flirc usb 0.1A

    Tuner 0.5A

    SSD 0.35A

    Oh, and also, it is now acting intermittent when plugged into my main pc.

    "The issue might be with the USB SATA converter. See

    RE: Struggling with an SSD"

    Ah, right, thanks.

    I don't understand what it is saying.

    Is it saying those steps fix the problem?

    I am a bit wary of plugging it in again as it seems to have killed an SSD (or it was a massive coincidence.)

    "I'm using simple USB3-SATA cable adapters from StarTech here. One holds the Ubuntu Server OS on a SSD for a file server PC, another one boots & runs LibreELEC on a RPi4B with an prehistoric Vertex II ssd."


    I think I need to go with something with a name.

    As opposed to this:

    USB 3.0 To SATA 22 Pin 2.5 Inch Hard Disk Drive SSD Adapter Connector Cable UK | eBay

    Funnily enough I have a 40GB 2Vetex 2 sitting here unwrapped. :)
    When I use the adapter with a 32GB OCZ Onyx, it seems to play fine.

    OK, great, thanks.

    So that removes that possibility, I formatted to ext4.

    When I boot, the display top right shows it finds and removed it pretty quickly pretty often.

    Then after just a few minutes it freezes the pi.

    It didn't cross my mind to look at quality of the adapter (which is unusual) when I bought it.

    Another longer story short, I was having trouble with a drive which I am now wondering if it was this adapter.

    Everything has been confusing and inconsistent. I was juggling ssd drives to put one with the Pi with my laptop and pc.
    Eventually, I have ended up with a ruined ssd. It took me a long time to consider it might be the drive. I assumed it was me getting something wrong somehow.
    Now I am thinking that maybe the culprit was the adapter.

    It seemed to work fine with the laptop but not the pc. But it worked fine with another ssd.


    OK, I have just tried it in my pc again, (linux mint) and it has got worse. The drive is now showing as intermittent on there.

    I think this adapter has killed a 500GB SSD. (It was an unknown history Kingston one, but still disappoining.)

    I am going to stop using that and get a decent one.

    Are there any 'go to' adapters? Or are there better ways to attach SSD to the Pi?

    Cutting a lot of hours story short.

    I have been really struggling with attaching an SSD.

    Currently, when i boot up, the drive is found, removed, found, removed constantly until the pi freezes up.

    It shows up under System information for a bit and then disappears.

    I go into SSH but it doesn't show under blkid.

    I have three theories:
    1. I am formatting it wrong. Please confirm whether this should be Ext4 or FAT32.

    I am connecting the SSD to a Pi 4 with a USB to sata adapter.

    2. Where I have tried to change the recording system path I have got it wrong and it is searching for it.... or something.
    I can't correct this now as I can't find the drive.

    3. I am a bit concerned that this might be the case.

    Could it be the £4 adapter? Would this happen if it was getting intermittent signal?


    Will do.

    Can I continue with trying to set up an SSD.
    Now that I know it works.

    I took out the 32GB SSD and put in a 250GB SSD.

    It shows up, then tells me it has successfully uninstalled the drive.

    Well, it tells me that it has successfully installed then uninstalled the drive until the whole thing freezes.

    Can I check how it is meant to be formatted? It seemed fine when formatted as Fat32 but I reformatted it to ext4 because that is what I kept reading (I think) Which is correct please?
    It is attached with a SATA to USB adapter.

    Or, perhaps I put it in wrong as the recording system path.
    If I put that in wrong, would that do the same thing? Make it continuously show and disappear until it freezes?
    Because it no longer shows up, I can't work out how to tell what the name of the drive is.

    Please help me, I just keep going round in circles for hours at a time.

    I have one other thought. Is it possible the adapter is faulty?

    Would that make it appear and disappear?
    while doing this, moving ssd around, a 500GB ssd seems to have died.

    Well, I hadn't formatted the ssd.

    But I had changed the sd.

    So the ssd was still the same one.
    I would have thought those details would be on the backup that was saved to that ssd.

    Maybe not.

    Working on the next things in the list. I shall have to come back to that problem later.

    Another couple of quesitions please?

    1 Is it possible to set up so that I can watch tv if I lose internet access?

    Seems like the signal is coming through the tuners to the pi.
    Do I HAVE to have internet access to watch that signal?

    2 is there a guide to optimising your pi etc?

    3 I receive less channels through this system than before.
    Before I had worse cables and split the signal as well but had more channels.

    Some of the ones I now have are blank.

    Is there something I can do to optimise that or is it generally considered worse than when I used to plug the aerial into a pvr and a tv for some reason?


    Thought it might be interesting how a noob finds it.

    I have spent hours doing google searches.

    I would be able to add in the details to the config on tvHeadend if the whole info was shown on the libreelec.

    I have struggled to find any guides.

    I have now found that I need Putty.

    So, good.

    I installed PuTTy, but couldn't now work out what the password i need.

    I think I got the login right, but am not sure how to know.

    Nope, stuck now on password.

    Am I meant to log in as the name that I gave my Pi?
    Or something else?

    I have tried using the name I gave.

    Ahhhhhhhh, another half hour and I found it.

    you login as


    not [email protected] or the name you give it, or anything, just login as root.

    Just the word root.

    Right, now to remember which of all the tabs I have open, is what to do next.

    OK, found it.

    I think it is now recording to ssd.
    Although I can't find the recording that I made previously.

    So I can't delete it.

    So, my next question is, does its ummmm 'name' change each time I put it in?

    At least i have myself a bit of a guide here if I have to start it again.
    I am guessing I need to reformat it in my pc.

    Then on to the next of my list.

    OK, i found another thread at last.

    It tells me I can change it in TVHeadend.
    Which I thought was the case.

    But the trouble is, on the settings- storage, it ends 4P-...

    It doesn't seem to show the whole details unfortunately.

    Which looks just two digits short of the example in the link I found:

    ck :: Digital TV recording (even scheduled) made easy with Libreelec, Kodi and Tvheadend

    So, as I understand it, I can also change it with SSH which I have seen, but I haven't been able to work out what that means.

    I did test with Raspbian.

    Also with Volumio.

    Same issue.

    Can I please ask another question?

    How do i make recording destination my SSD?

    It just auto made it destination on first install. I have recorded a few things to it.
    I was just testing the concept with a small 8GB cheap SD card.

    Now I know it kind of works, I wanted to use my decenter quality and larger sd card.

    I backed up to the ssd no problem.

    Flashed LE to new sd.
    Restored the backup, no problem.

    Seems to have all the same add-ons.

    Now I can't see the recording I have on the SSD and when I look at tvheadend via 9981, the size available for recording shows that it is recording to the sd card.

    How do I change the recording path please?