[Beta] OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 6 released

19 Apr 2014

The OpenELEC team is proud to announce its 6th Beta of OpenELEC 4.0.
Internally this will be known by the less-catchy name OpenELEC 3.95.6.

This release includes some bugfixes and improvements since 3.95.5 (beta5). Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we updated XBMC with the last fixes to XBMC 13 beta4, updated the kernel to kernel 3.14.1, fixed some more WLAN drivers, added experimental ALSA support for RaspberryPi and added experimental 4K support for supported platforms.

The team has made a huge effort to make this one of our best releases yet. Since the OpenELEC 3.0 and 3.2.x releases, we have worked hard to improve OpenELEC in a number of areas. Some of these are visible changes, others are backend changes that aren’t as visible to every user but are certainly worth mentioning.

The OpenELEC 3.95 release series are test releases (beta) for OpenELEC-4.0.
OpenELEC-4.0 will be the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-3.2.

You should only upgrade from OpenELEC-3.2 to OpenELEC 3.95.6 for testing purposes. If you are going to update to one of our beta releases, we STRONGLY advise that you make a backup of your XBMC data.

Since OpenELEC 3.2 the underlying OS and the build system have been completely reworked. One aspect of the builds that isn’t visible to most users is the buildsystem; it is one of the most fundamental building blocks for OpenELEC. It provides us the flexibility to support many different build platforms, to be responsive in updating specific packages and to add new features easily.

Updated and changed Components since OpenELEC-3.95.5 (summary)

  • update to xbmc-13-482ccd3 (XBMC 13 beta4)
  • update to bcm2835-bootloader-29dca67
  • update to bcm2835-driver-29dca67
  • update to openvpn-2.3.3
  • update to libva-driver-intel-1.3.0
  • update to libva-1.3.0
  • update to xorg-server-1.15.1
  • update to xproto-7.0.26
  • update to linux-3.14.1
  • update to wlan-firmware-0.0.19
  • update to elfutils-0.158
  • update to libdrm-2.4.53
  • update to bluez-5.17
  • update to dvb-firmware-0.0.39
  • projects/RPi/patches/linux: update RPi support patch
  • xorg-server: add support for 4k output
  • Radeon: More PLL finetuning
  • SAMSUNG remote keymap update
  • RTL8192DU: remove overlapping usbid's
  • projects/RPi/options: enable experimental ALSA support
  • linux: update PLL numbers patch
  • xbmc: add RPi backports patch
  • remove package 'RTL8723AU', seems to be not needed actually
  • new package: add package 'RTL8812AU'
  • alsa-utils: add upstream patches, thanks to Anssi
  • projects/*/linux: disable CONFIG_EARLY_PRINTK
  • projects/*: switch to kernel R8188EU driver
  • xf86-video-nvidia: fix acpi support
  • xbmc-pvr-addons: add PR288
  • xbmc-pvr-addons: update to xbmc-pvr-addons-82dd3c4
  • RTL8192CU: add 050D:21F2 device id, this should fix #3081
  • projects/*/linux: (re)enable userspace firmware loader support, this should fix #3083

 

For a full changelog on what's new, follow the link below:
https://github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/compare/3.95.5...3.95.6

Testing and Reporting

There has been many months of development and testing in the run-up to this beta release, but like any major update there are a lot of changes. Unfortunately, we are unable to test every scenario on all hardware, so it’s possible you might pick up on an issue we may have missed (this is why we do beta tests). We would like anyone brave enough to test this release and report issues that they find either with OpenELEC or XBMC.

Please report any issues you encounter to our issue tracker on github and/or forum. Please follow our guidelines for submitting issues outlined here: https://github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md

Supported Platform Changes

The number of builds supported has simplified. As of OpenELEC 4.0, images will be provided for AppleTV, Generic (i386 and x86_64) and Raspberry Pi’s.
We have also recently added support for Solid-Run Cubox-I devices to OpenELEC. However, this support is still under active development. Given the fact that this code base is not yet stable, we will not be providing an image for Cubox-i devices with OpenELEC-4.0. Hopefully this will change in the future as support for the platform matures.

New and dropped builds in OpenELEC 4.0

We will no longer be supplying specific builds for Arctic MC, Fusion, Intel and Ion devices – support for all of these devices has been rolled into the Generic builds. If you are using one of these builds, you will need to migrate to the Generic builds. If you need to migrate from an older unsupported build, please follow these instructions:

from Version Old System/Build Architecture to Version
OpenELEC =< 3.0 ION i386 (with 32-bit capable hardware) Generic i386
OpenELEC=< 3.2 ION x86_64 (with 64-bit capable hardware) Generic x86_64
OpenELEC=< 3.0 Intel i386 (with 32-bit capable hardware) Generic i386
OpenELEC=< 3.2 Intel x86_64 (with 64-bit capable hardware) Generic x86_64
OpenELEC=< 3.2 Generic_OSS i386 (with 32-bit capable hardware) Generic i386
OpenELEC=< 3.2 Generic_OSS x86_64 (with 64-bit capable hardware) Generic x86_64
OpenELEC=< 3.0 Xtreamer Ultra 1/2 x86_64 Generic x86_64 
OpenELEC=< 3.2  AMD Fusion x86_64 Generic x86_64
OpenELEC=< 3.2 Arctic_MC x86_64 Generic x86_64


For more information, please visit:
http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php/Migrating_to_Another_Build

How To Upgrade To OpenELEC 4.0 Beta6 Release

If you are going to update to one of our beta releases, we STRONGLY advise that you make a backup of your XBMC data. If you are using OpenELEC 3.2, you can use our OpenELEC Settings addon to backup your data and then reset it. If you are on an older build, you will need to do this manually:

mv /storage/.xbmc /storage/.xbmc-backup

You must manually update to this beta release. For more details, please visit http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php?title=Updating_OpenELEC.

Thank You!

We would like to thank our users, team members and partners for testing, reporting and fixing issues, creating how-to documents, developing new features, and their donations of hardware and funds to the project. We appreciate your continued support, without it we would not be able to continue.

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If you would like to contribute to the OpenELEC project, there are lots of ways you can help. We are always looking for people to help with documentation, testing and reporting bugs. If you enjoy using OpenELEC and would like to make a donation to support the project, you can do this using PayPal. Donating is easy and takes only a few minutes, and you do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. We can also accept donations by other means (bitcoin, flattr, etc…). You can find out more about donating here.

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You can find the new release of OpenELEC 3.95.6 on the downloads page

OpenELEC 3.95.x is not recommended for production builds. Please use OpenELEC 3.2 instead.


Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by DDD #104312
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TOPIC: [Beta] OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 7 released

openelec.tv/forum/120-news-announcements...-4-0-beta-7-released
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by TalonStryk #104197
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Other then some shutdown freeze/hang issues (which it appears some other users are experiencing openelec.tv/forum/90-miscellaneous/70522...-freezes-on-shutdown), Beta 6 is running perfectly on my Intel Haswell NUC D34010WYK, and resolved many issues.

To compensate for the I've temporarily disabled shutdown on idle and just told it to turn off the display after a certain period of time, so just make sure I shutdown via the physical power button when I wake up in the morning. I've also switched back to the Confluence skin (was using ACE), to see it if was maybe a skin/addon issue that was causing it.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by sdf #104153
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Since Openelec 4.0 (every beta version) my wifi usb dongle tp-link TL-WDN3200 (chipset Ralink RT5572) stopped working.
Everything is working on 3.2.4 generic x86-64 version.
Lan connections either are absent or sometimes keep blinking very fast (they appear for a moment but aren't selectable).
Have only wifi connection, not wired.
Thank you,
sdf
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by Joe144 #104118
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Hi,

Since beta 4 i have a problem with my IR + logitech remote.
In each beta thread i posted a message but nobody seems to care about it :(
Here is a link : openelec.tv/forum/120-news-announcements...ased?start=30#103062

Please someone help me !
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by popcornmix #104108
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renatoriolino wrote:
I'm having a lot of locks and freezes with the RPi build.
Please notice that dispite it shows "CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg::Open() Using codec: H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10", all the time this LOG was generated I was just navigating thru menus.

XBMC CPU usage while navegating thru menus was at 60%~80%. Memory used 99MB and 22MB free. (got those info from top)

You should disable "Extract thumbnail and video information" which is probably causing the problem. See:
wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Raspberry_Pi_FAQ
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by renatoriolino #104060
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Just some more info I forgot:

- Audio is using hdmi passthru (ac3 and dts passthru enabled)
- Using HDMI CEC as input
- Video files are on a remote NFS network share

Let me know if you need more information.

Thanks
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by renatoriolino #104059
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I'm having a lot of locks and freezes with the RPi build.

I'm using the 256mb RPi with a fresh intall on a 4GB SD. OE 3.2.4 is working fine on the same setup. No addons or skin was changed.

After some minutes, the system starts to get irresponsible until it freezes for good. This is what I have on my xbmc.log:

21:20:46 T:3058888704 ERROR: Control 18 in window 10129 has been asked to focus, but it can't
21:20:47 T:3049256016 NOTICE: CAESinkPi:AddPackets Underrun (delay:0.00 frames:4410)
21:20:49 T:2881483856 NOTICE: Thread JobWorker start, auto delete: true
21:20:52 T:2881483856 NOTICE: CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg::Open() Using codec: H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10
21:21:29 T:3049256016 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 1 times.
21:21:29 T:3049256016 NOTICE: CAESinkPi:AddPackets Underrun (delay:0.00 frames:4410)
21:28:30 T:2881483856 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 85 times.
21:28:30 T:2881483856 NOTICE: Thread JobWorker start, auto delete: true
21:28:37 T:2734683216 NOTICE: CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg::Open() Using codec: H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10
21:29:25 T:2881483856 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 2 times.
21:29:25 T:2881483856 NOTICE: Thread JobWorker start, auto delete: true
21:29:29 T:2881483856 NOTICE: CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg::Open() Using codec: H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10
21:29:43 T:2764043344 NOTICE: Thread BackgroundLoader start, auto delete: false
21:29:50 T:2734683216 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 1 times.
21:29:50 T:2734683216 NOTICE: CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg::Open() Using codec: H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10
21:30:01 T:2764043344 NOTICE: Thread BackgroundLoader start, auto delete: false
21:30:10 T:3049256016 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 1 times.
21:30:10 T:3049256016 NOTICE: CAESinkPi:AddPackets Underrun (delay:0.00 frames:4410)
21:30:21 T:2764043344 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 1 times.
21:30:21 T:2764043344 NOTICE: Thread JobWorker start, auto delete: true
21:30:33 T:3049256016 NOTICE: CAESinkPi:AddPackets Underrun (delay:0.00 frames:4410)
21:30:52 T:2881483856 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 1 times.
21:30:52 T:2881483856 NOTICE: Thread BackgroundLoader start, auto delete: false
21:31:05 T:3049256016 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 1 times.
21:31:05 T:3049256016 NOTICE: CAESinkPi:AddPackets Underrun (delay:0.00 frames:4410)
21:31:16 T:3058888704 ERROR: Control 18 in window 10129 has been asked to focus, but it can't
21:31:57 T:2881483856 NOTICE: Thread JobWorker start, auto delete: true
21:32:02 T:2734683216 NOTICE: CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg::Open() Using codec: H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10
21:32:23 T:2764043344 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 1 times.
21:32:23 T:2764043344 NOTICE: Thread BackgroundLoader start, auto delete: false
21:32:25 T:3049256016 NOTICE: CAESinkPi:AddPackets Underrun (delay:0.00 frames:4410)
21:32:46 T:2734683216 NOTICE: CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg::Open() Using codec: H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10
21:32:47 T:3049256016 NOTICE: CAESinkPi:AddPackets Underrun (delay:0.00 frames:4410)
21:33:41 T:3058888704 NOTICE: Previous line repeats 1 times.

Please notice that dispite it shows "CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg::Open() Using codec: H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10", all the time this LOG was generated I was just navigating thru menus.

XBMC CPU usage while navegating thru menus was at 60%~80%. Memory used 99MB and 22MB free. (got those info from top)

Thanks
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by popcornmix #104038
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santa31 wrote:
Hi guys,
just checked out the release note and cannot find the information.
Could you please tell us if iOS 7 Airplay will work now on this bêta?

Yes.
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by notwist #104013
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Hey there,

upgraded to the latest version. It all works as planned. However, am I correct in assuming that support for the Intel 7260 wireless AC/Bluetooth card is still not implemented? Wireless works OK (just a very short range) but bluetooth has never been working for me. Any comments are welcome!

Regards,

Bert
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by santa31 #104010
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Hi guys,

just checked out the release note and cannot find the information.
Could you please tell us if iOS 7 Airplay will work now on this bêta?

Many thanks !

Thomas
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by DDD #104001
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Don't know, but the devs should be know how to fix this i think?!
01:38:25 T:2838709328  NOTICE: YouTube-4.4.6
01:38:27 T:2838709328  NOTICE: CommonFunctions-2.5.1
01:38:27 T:2838709328   DEBUG: LocalizeStrings: no strings.po file exist at /storage/.xbmc/addons/plugin.video.youtube/resources/language/English, fallback to strings.xml
01:38:28 T:2909021264   ERROR: EXCEPTION Thrown (PythonToCppException) : -->Python callback/script returned the following error<--
                                             - NOTE: IGNORING THIS CAN LEAD TO MEMORY LEAKS!
                                            Error Type: <type 'exceptions.UnicodeDecodeError'>
                                            Error Contents: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe2 in position 23: ordinal not in range(128)
                                            Traceback (most recent call last):
                                              File "/storage/.xbmc/addons/script.common.plugin.cache/default.py", line 40, in <module>
                                                run()
                                              File "/storage/.xbmc/addons/script.common.plugin.cache/default.py", line 35, in run
                                                s.run()
                                              File "/storage/.xbmc/addons/script.common.plugin.cache/lib/StorageServer.py", line 247, in run
                                                self._runCommand(data)
                                              File "/storage/.xbmc/addons/script.common.plugin.cache/lib/StorageServer.py", line 167, in _runCommand
                                                res = self._sqlGet(data["table"], data["name"])
                                              File "/storage/.xbmc/addons/script.common.plugin.cache/lib/StorageServer.py", line 438, in _sqlGet
                                                self._log(name + u" - " + table, 2)
                                            UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe2 in position 23: ordinal not in range(128)
                                            -->End of Python script error report<--
01:38:28 T:3058311168   DEBUG: ------ Window Init (DialogKaiToast.xml) ------
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by Sym #103995
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DDD wrote:
Sym wrote:
Testing with my RPi on latest beta and latest nightly,

I'm not sure if the bug is in xbmc or the common cache plugin, but every time I try to view a trailer of a movie with the YouTube plugin from the movie information section, then xbmc restarts by itself. The YouTube plugin works fine when I use it by itself. The problem seems to be triggered when the YouTube plugin is called from the skin in the movie information section.

Can you provide Logs, like said in 1st Post?
github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md

Here is a debug log on sprunge:

sprunge.us/HCCB

I noticed that the Unicode Decode error is triggered by just one of the movies. The other movies seem to work fine. Could the problem be caused by the file name?

Error Type: <type 'exceptions.UnicodeDecodeError'> Error Contents: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe2 in position 23: ordinal not in range(128)
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by M3Rocket #103991
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jas722 wrote:
I noticed I'm getting some flickering on one lightpack that I have connected to my HTPC. I did not notice this on previous beta's am I the only one?

It only appears to be happening on one lightpack, I have two connected to my television. I will have to see if one lightpack is going a little wonky.

Both my Lightpacks are working fine with the x64 version of beta 6. Maybe completely reset/power off both Lightpacks and try again?
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by jas722 #103990
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I noticed I'm getting some flickering on one lightpack that I have connected to my HTPC. I did not notice this on previous beta's am I the only one?

It only appears to be happening on one lightpack, I have two connected to my television. I will have to see if one lightpack is going a little wonky.
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by DDD #103986
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Sym wrote:
Testing with my RPi on latest beta and latest nightly,

I'm not sure if the bug is in xbmc or the common cache plugin, but every time I try to view a trailer of a movie with the YouTube plugin from the movie information section, then xbmc restarts by itself. The YouTube plugin works fine when I use it by itself. The problem seems to be triggered when the YouTube plugin is called from the skin in the movie information section.

Can you provide Logs, like said in 1st Post?
github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md
It is also importent to provide logs for debugging. A zip file can be found in the logfiles samba share, this will contain all the logs needed.

Make sure to specify which version of OpenELEC you are using.

OpenELEC version
OpenELEC build
OpenELEC arch

Please don't paste log messages in the issue reports or issue comments - use sprunge.us instead.

Feature requests are great, but they usually end up lying around the issue tracker indefinitely. Sending a pull request is a much better way of getting a particular feature into OpenELEC.
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by .Sun #103982
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.Sun wrote:
Hi there,
dont know beeing right here. Hope so...

Upgraded from 3.2.4 to this beta. Found a bug a few min ago: On shutdown (via menu) my raspberry (rev b) turns off and restarts ~3 second later. I will test later, if this happens also via ssh-shutdown.

My fault. Choose Exit instead of shutdown :S
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by Sym #103956
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Testing with my RPi on latest beta and latest nightly,

I'm not sure if the bug is in xbmc or the common cache plugin, but every time I try to view a trailer of a movie with the YouTube plugin from the movie information section, then xbmc restarts by itself. The YouTube plugin works fine when I use it by itself. The problem seems to be triggered when the YouTube plugin is called from the skin in the movie information section.
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by M3Rocket #103947
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Found a bug in the Slideshow Screensaver add-on--crossfade is broken with beta 6 on the rPi. The transition fades to black, stays black for about 2 seconds, and then cuts to the next slide. I reverted to beta 5, where the proper transition is a smooth fade-out/fade-in of the slides.
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by .Sun #103938
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Hi there,
dont know beeing right here. Hope so...

Upgraded from 3.2.4 to this beta. Found a bug a few min ago: On shutdown (via menu) my raspberry (rev b) turns off and restarts ~3 second later. I will test later, if this happens also via ssh-shutdown.
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by hagaygo #103922
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ir blasting not working on 3.95.6.

wrote the topic also under the original development test thread for oe 3.0.

openelec.tv/forum/103-infared-remotes/64167-ir-blasting-testing
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by bryceb #103882
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TheGroove wrote:
Perfectly stable DN2820FYKH here, Samsung 830 SSD.

We might need to move our discussion over at openelec.tv/forum/64-installation/69105-...dn2820fykh?start=255 - I will post here, to understand/Compare various configurations users of DN2820FYKH have, and if the lockup issues are experienced, although would really appreciate if the developers could give their input?.

Cheers
Posted: 6 months 4 weeks ago by TheGroove #103880
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Perfectly stable DN2820FYKH here, Samsung 830 SSD.
Posted: 7 months 7 minutes ago by raydragon #103877
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Maybe you can take the SSD from the Stable NUC for testing purposes?

Might be worth a go but i think Toli77 is right and I doubt it will help as my 2 NUC's and Bryceb's unit have SSD's and they are not handling Beta 6 very well at all.

It is a bit weird that the stable ones of Toli77's is the SSD equipped unit, haven't tried running mine for USB stick, not that i would consider that for anything other than testing purposes.
Posted: 7 months 1 hour ago by DDD #103873
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Maybe you can take the SSD from the Stable NUC for testing purposes?
Posted: 7 months 1 hour ago by Toli77 #103869
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I don't have an SSD so i have to buy one.
Although i am afraid that the problem will continue.

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