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« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2014, 12:50:50 pm »

Well I might be giving up on the old WDTV Live wireless unit.  I have had nothing but issues with it every night I've had a show.  When it works...it works great.  But man when it wants to cause issues it is really embarrassing.  I have issues with pixilation.  Video stuttering.  And just plain shut down of the show.

And I've tested all the files I've played through it before I even show them. They work perfectly on my WDTV Hub. 

I've tried running them off of a thumb drive and not trying to stream them wirelessly.  Same issue.

Now here is the kicker.  Last week, I decided to run the entire show off of a laptop and use VLC.  It looked and ran perfectly.  In fact I loved the fact that VLC didn't pause and or do anything in between the video clips.  I just runs seamlessly and looked great.  Except for the fact that I had to connect via VGA instead of HDMI.  It still looked pretty darn good.  Not great, but at least there was no video issues.

Except this weekend VLC then let me down.  I just shut down on me during the show.  I know, I know it could have been any number of things.  I had upgraded the VLC client, maybe I shouldn't have.  I did install some updates on the laptop.  Maybe something there affected.  Maybe the file I was playing was a bit too large for the client to play smoothly.  I don't know.  But the point is, it let me down too.  So I quickly went back to the WDTV Live wireless.  Streamed wirelessly and for the most part if worked pretty well.  For a time, then is started pixilating again.

Anyway I got through the show, but I've got another one tonight and I'm just banging my head to figure out what to do.

Oh and here's another funny issue.  When I test the unit inside the house.  It works fine.  Wirelessly or wired.  Even using the thumb drive it works fine. 

So who knows.  I'll just keep plugging along.

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« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2014, 06:32:49 pm »

You might try disabling the built-in wi-fi on both the WDTV and the laptop.  It's not unusual to see stuttering and pixelation from a device (especially a laptop) if it's intermittently seeking out and trying to connect to a wireless network.  If you're working from a local drive it's best just to get networking out of equation altogether.

The only problem I've had with my 2nd gen WDTV Live is it occasionally stops outputting sound over the digital connections.  When it acts up it is always between clips.  The sound works on several clips in a row then it goes out before the next clip starts.  The receiver shows no decoded signal when this happens.  Powering the player down and back on corrects the issue, but yeah, it's embarassing in a show environment.  However, it's not been bad enough for me to give up using it at this point.

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« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2014, 11:01:30 pm »

Tonight I tried it again with the WDTV Live.  Since I'm using this clear out in my back yard.  I don't want to try and run any Ethernet cable all the way out there either.  So what I tried today was use Ethernet over Power adapters.  Which for the most part seemed to increase the speed of the connection.  But about half way through the film (The Great Escape) the film which HAD been playing flawlessly started stuttering and jittering.  So much so I had to stop the show.  I immediately noticed that the WDTV was as hot as heck.  Makes me wonder if the device is actually over-heating and this is what's causing the issue.

So to finish the evening I plugged in my laptop again.  (This time my better computer, core i5, SSD drive with 16GB of RAM)  I used VLC and started off again...the film played beautifully.  Not an issue at all.

So tomorrow I'm going to try and return the WDTV to see if I can replace it and then see if I still have the issues.

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Oh and Sparge, I always turn off the wireless on both devices when I'm not using the wireless feature.  That didn't seem to make any difference at all.
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« Reply #33 on: August 31, 2014, 10:47:49 am »

I immediately noticed that the WDTV was as hot as heck.  Makes me wonder if the device is actually over-heating and this is what's causing the issue.

Same over-heating/freezing/sputtering thing happened to my WDTV Live once. There are no cooling fans in my unit, so I'm pretty sure it was because I had my propane heater pointed directly at it. I've been more careful about not placing the WDTV in the line of fire (pun!) and I haven't had that problem since.
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« Reply #34 on: August 31, 2014, 12:09:15 pm »

I immediately noticed that the WDTV was as hot as heck.  Makes me wonder if the device is actually over-heating and this is what's causing the issue.

Same over-heating/freezing/sputtering thing happened to my WDTV Live once. There are no cooling fans in my unit, so I'm pretty sure it was because I had my propane heater pointed directly at it. I've been more careful about not placing the WDTV in the line of fire (pun!) and I haven't had that problem since.

Interesting.  I'm not doing anything like that.  The unit is just sitting on my mixer box.


So I'm not sure why its getting so hot.  But I'm still going to try and get a new unit and see if that makes any difference.

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