[Beta] OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 7 released

28 Apr 2014

The OpenELEC team is proud to announce its 7th Beta of OpenELEC 4.0.
Internally this will be known by the less-catchy name OpenELEC 3.95.7.

This release includes some bugfixes and improvements since 3.95.6 (beta6). Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we updated XBMC with the last fixes to XBMC 13 RC1, updated the kernel to kernel 3.14.2 and rebuilt the whole distro with the recently released gcc-4.9.0.

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 3.95.7 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-3.95.6 (summary)

  • update to xbmc-13-482ccd3 (XBMC 13 Gotham RC1)
  • update to bcm2835-bootloader-cd50136
  • update to bcm2835-driver-cd50136
  • update to service.openelec.settings-0.3.15
  • update to linux-3.14.2
  • update to gcc-4.9.0
  • update to xf86-video-nvidia-331.67
  • update to dvb-firmware-0.0.40
  • update to wlan-firmware-0.0.20
  • update to Mesa-10.1.1
  • projects/RPi/patches/xbmc: update RPi patch
  • projects/RPi/patches/linux: update RPi support patch
  • Revert "projects/*: switch to kernel R8188EU driver"
  • linux: add upstream patch to Work around BIOS defects in Intel MCH area reporting
  • provide a /etc/os-release file (see http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/os-release)
  • linux: mceusb xhci fix
  • linux: firmware: add BONAIRE_vce.bin
  • linux: update radeon PLL patch
  • projects/*/linux: enable 'CONFIG_DRM_LOAD_EDID_FIRMWARE'
  • init: added wake-on-lan script
  • busybox (initramfs): add 'ping' and 'ether-wake' applet
  • fluxbox: avoid potential SIGFPE in Menu::updateMenu()
  • scripts/mkimage: set 'installer' as default boot option
  • linux: add patch to enable Nuvoton CIR driver on probing, see https://patchwork.linuxtv.org/patch/22339/
  • Modified before units of systemd in xbmc-(halt|poweroff|reboot) services.
  • config/noobs: update partition and file size

For a full changelog on what's new, follow the link below:
https://github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/compare/3.95.6...3.95.7

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 Beta7 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 3.95.7 on the downloads page

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


Posted: 6 months 2 weeks ago by DDD #105076
Posted: 6 months 2 weeks ago by Fantasticn #104990
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I already postet in the "Audio" section of the forum. But maybe its a good idea to do it another time here where issues with the OpenElec betas are discussed:

I am using a Xonar D1 soundcard (analog 6-channel output, not spdi/f) with one of my Media-PCs. Ever since OpenElec 3.95.4 I cannot get any sound anymore (no matter what audio- oder vidoe-file I play, 2 channel or 6 channel). I tried all following betas as well (5, 6 and now 7) but the problem remaind the same. So currently I am stuck with OpenElec 3.95.3.
Brgds,

FantasticN
Posted: 6 months 2 weeks ago by lecine #104859
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I've just tested RC7 on my Zotac ID41 (upgrading from 3.2.4). Most of the things seem right. Well done !
The 2 problems (so far):
  • In the OpenELEC Configuration Addon, I can see only main items: for example I see "System" and the "keyboard" item but the "keyboard layout" is not displayed until I put the cursor on it.
    A soon as I leave it, it disapears.
    In brief: I can see the main items but not the secondary ones. No pbs on the xbmc settings pages, it's just within this OpenELEC Configuration Addon.
    Edit: after further testing, this happens with Transparency skin. With Confluence, it works correctly.
  • I'm using a wiimote to navigate in the xbmc settings. After a few minutes, it gets disconnected and I can't pair it again.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by bam #104842
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Can't start tvheadend:
vdr:~ # cat .xbmc/userdata/addon_data/service.multimedia.tvheadend/service.log
tvheadend: /usr/lib/libcurl.so.4: version `CURL_GNUTLS_4' not found (required by tvheadend)
vdr:~ #
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by beckentosch #104811
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My Pulse Eight HDMI CEC Adapter everytime lose the connection. This happens a few seconds after the boot process.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by .Sun #104798
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No way to use it with raspberry. Freezed every few seconds. Clean install (diskimage), no modification.

Update from 3.06 to 3.24 to 3.95.7 seems to work.
Nope, freeze again. Where do i find 3.95.6 to redownload?
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by meikelmoeller #104762
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With the Beta 7 an 6 on my ZBOX nano AD10 there are great problems with audio and video playback. Connected to yaVDR via VNSI or XVDR the recordings are replayed to fast (2x) and Live-TV stops every second. All tests with vaapi and vdpau does not solve the problem. With 3.2.4 everything works fine. So I went back.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by Phil C #104704
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Has the new BETA fixed the wireless network issues with regard to not detecting wireless networks? :)
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by notwist #104684
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Hey guyz,

Ever since beta 6 my htpc is having SMB issues when restarting from suspend. It won't connect to my main NAS, though it will connect to another SMB share. If i ssh + kill xbmc the connection is restored. Any fix for this?

Bert


Verzonden vanaf mijn iPhone met behulp van Tapatalk
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by cyablo #104651
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cyablo wrote:
Since the first 4.0 Beta OpenELEC is not displayed correct for me. The Screen seems to be stretched vertically to 200% and therefore only shows 50% of the GUI. This is what is looks like:

i57.tinypic.com/a8c3q.jpg

Im using a ZOTAC GeForce GT 610 PCIe Card with HDMI out. With OpenELEC 3.2.4, everything is fine.

Ok, this Problem is definetly TV related. With a SAMSUNG Full-HD 22" PC Monitor everything looks fine. I dont know how this possible but thats it. If I pull the HDMI cable when the HTPC is started with the PC Monitor and put it back into the TV, the Image is showing correct.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by tafkaz #104587
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Yes i am using a Raspberry Pi. But i have these problems with VDR and Xvdr, not with tvheadend.
As i said, live-tv with the stable Openelec version works quite well.
Would love to see this fixed somehow.

Thanks for helping
Sascha
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by sraue #104573
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rskadk wrote:
Airplay on raspberry pi is broken in Beta 7. Worked fine in Beta 6!

already fixed, will work again in the next beta
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by rskadk #104572
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Airplay on raspberry pi is broken in Beta 7. Worked fine in Beta 6!
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by schorle90 #104563
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Hey, I am really addicted to the new openelec version. Nice improvements on many features. Thanks for your great work.

But there's a little problem: Since I have updated from v3.2.4 to first 3.95.6 then to 3.95.7 Wake on LAN is no longer supported neither by the official remote app nor by yatse. After plugging in the old USB-stick v3.2.4 and booting it once WOL works fine. When booting once from the beta version again, it getting deactivated again.

It would be really nice to be able to start XBMC from my mobile phone again.

Bye,
schorle


P.S.: Tell me if you need some log files.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by cyablo #104549
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Since the first 4.0 Beta OpenELEC is not displayed correct for me. The Screen seems to be stretched vertically to 200% and therefore only shows 50% of the GUI. This is what is looks like:

i57.tinypic.com/a8c3q.jpg

Im using a ZOTAC GeForce GT 610 PCIe Card with HDMI out. With OpenELEC 3.2.4, everything is fine.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by Sym #104529
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razze wrote:
This beta really added some reboots on my raspberry pi.
For example if I don't do anything and let the screensaver do it's thing, if I then come back and move the curser, boom!
Restart :/

If you are experiencing reboots, check your disk with fsck for errors.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by razze #104524
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This beta really added some reboots on my raspberry pi.
For example if I don't do anything and let the screensaver do it's thing, if I then come back and move the curser, boom!
Restart :/
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by sdf #104517
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I found a problem with wi-fi introduced after 3.2.4
openelec.tv/forum/120-news-announcements...ased?start=45#104153
Tried Tp-Link USB Dongle (Ralink 5572 chipset) in another PC (with AMD A75 Chipset) and there are no problems: works perfectly.
In my PC (Intel Z87 Chipset) there are connections and disconnections, and wifi dongle isn't useable.
I think it depends on usb, and not on ralink drivers (because with amd chipset works perfectly).
So tried to change usb port, but no way.
Have to add that in the same PC (Intel Z87 Chipset) Openelec 3.2.4 works perfectly, and Wifi LAN is available and stable.
Has anyone the same problem?
Can post dmesg output?
Thank you,
sdf
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by raydragon #104474
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DDD wrote:
So post your Testing Results with Logs when you found time to do that or tell us your Results with Beta6 and earlier.

openelec.tv/forum/120-news-announcements...ased?start=15#103714

Myself, Bryceb and Toli77 seem to have similar issues with the same hardware in Beta 6.
The Logs for that revision are attached in the post above, not had a chance to do that yet in Beta 7
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by DDD #104469
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So post your Testing Results with Logs when you found time to do that or tell us your Results with Beta6 and earlier.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by raydragon #104467
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DDD wrote:
raydragon wrote:
Beta 7 still the same freezing issues for me as Beta 6 and earlier ( back to approx beta 4) have had.
Bugger.

Any Infos about your Hardware? Have you looked into the Logs?

Not had a chance to do the same level of testing I have done with Beta 6 and earlier yet , but this is on an Intel Baytrail NUC 2820.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by zag #104453
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Here is my debug log if anyone is interested.

xbmclogs.com/show.php?id=189792

I guess its this
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   ERROR: ffmpeg[C2FFD700]: [h264] mmco: unref short failure
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   ERROR: Previous line repeats 1 times.
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: CDVDPlayerVideo::CalcDropRequirement - hurry: 0
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: ffmpeg[C2FFD700]: [h264] Increasing reorder buffer to 1
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: CDVDPlayerVideo::CalcDropRequirement - hurry: 0
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: ffmpeg[C2FFD700]: [h264] Increasing reorder buffer to 2
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: CDVDPlayerVideo::CalcDropRequirement - hurry: 0
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: ffmpeg[C2FFD700]: [h264] Increasing reorder buffer to 3
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: CDVDPlayerVideo::CalcDropRequirement - hurry: 0
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: Previous line repeats 4 times.
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   ERROR: ffmpeg[C2FFD700]: [h264] mmco: unref short failure
18:04:33 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: CDVDPlayerVideo::CalcDropRequirement - hurry: 0
18:04:34 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: Previous line repeats 5 times.
18:04:34 T:139971960755968  NOTICE:  fps: 25.000000, pwidth: 1920, pheight: 1080, dwidth: 1920, dheight: 1080
18:04:34 T:139971960755968   DEBUG: OutputPicture - change configuration. 1920x1080. framerate: 25.00. format: NV12
18:04:34 T:139971960755968  NOTICE: Display resolution ADJUST : HDMI1: 1920x1080 @ 50.00Hz (19) (weight: 0.000)
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by popcornmix #104452
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zag wrote:
This is the last build I found to work correctly.

OpenELEC-Generic.x86_64-devel-20140221232415-r17780-ge46e3ad

I'm using Haswell i3 NUC hardware

Ah - @tafkaz was using Raspberry Pi (omxplayer messages in the log quoted). I assumed you were too.
I guess if live TV broke on pi/omxplayer and x86/dvdplayer at the same time, then perhaps it's the tvheadend client or server.
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by zag #104451
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DDD wrote:
Have you tried it with VDR and VNSI also?

Nope, sorry I use TVheadend, I'll try to test VDR soon.

EDIT: Here is the commit log for the time period.

github.com/OpenELEC/OpenELEC.tv/commits?page=15
Posted: 6 months 3 weeks ago by DDD #104450
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Have you tried it with VDR and VNSI also?

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