Posts by Grarea

    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?


    Thank you again.

    Good thought.

    I am just going Rpi to tv.

    I had a close look at the cable, it looks damaged at one side.

    Things are improving gradually.
    I can definitely see me liking this.
    Just takes some fiddling about to start with doesn't it?

    I got a Flirc usb which is working nicely.

    I had the sound coming through a usb DAC, but suddenly that has stopped being recognised which is a shame.
    Ah well, back to 3.5mm jack for now.

    I have currently got cables everywhere :)

    Also, it seems to run fine for a bit, but then loses signal.
    Out of the blue. Seems to work again once I power down for a bit.
    I checked cpu temp last time and it was only 47C.

    I'll add that to the list.

    Well, i read so often that you can only use the one hdmi out......

    Turns out that is not correct.

    So, HDMI out works from the other port as well.

    Just not audio on either one.

    I have tried it with volumio and raspberry os as well.

    All sorts of variations.
    I think I have tried the lot.

    After many hours thinking it was settings, I think it might be the brand ne lead from Pihut.

    Unlikely to be just the audio on both ports on the pi i imagine.

    Thank you for that.

    Interlacing set to off.

    Switch output back to hdmi.



    Still nothing.

    As soon as I switch it back to usb, instant sound.

    I wish I could use the second hdmi port to see if that works.

    I will try a different OS now.
    I wonder if there is a way to use the second hdmi only as a test on the other os?
    I have had a quick look, but it seems complicated.

    I am getting there slowly.

    I am struggling to achieve sound through my HDMI.

    I have now managed to achieve sound from the 3.5mm jack and USB.

    I have manged to achieve sound from my other pc through the same HDMI port in the TV.

    The cable is in the port next to the usb C.
    It is a new pi 4 (well new but from seller on ebay.)

    The cable is new Official Raspberry Pi 4 Micro-HDMI Cable - 1M from Pi Hut.

    I have tried changing the audio settings from hdmi to usb to analogue etc

    I can only now think it might be either the cable or the pi port.

    Does anyone have any other thoughts?
    I haven't got anything else i can test the micro cable on.

    Hi all,

    I am completely new to this and excited, but I am struggling a bit.

    I have been hunting for a couple of hours.

    I was told I could use the Xbox tuners with a Pi 4.

    I am running LE fine, have installed TVheadend and HDHomerun (open to suggestions if it can be done better)

    But I think my next step is to run HD Homerun, but it says there is no channels found on any device.
    I am thinking I haven't the drivers for the Tuners.
    Am I right or have I missed something?
    I am a bit confused.