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Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby steamer » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:40 am

Anybody with any experience using extra memory Micro SD cards?
If so, what capacity to see any difference in performance?
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby mikebdoss » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:29 am

steamer wrote:Anybody with any experience using extra memory Micro SD cards?
If so, what capacity to see any difference in performance?
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The card provides additional storage, not processing/performance power. As far as I can tell, it's only used to store channels. Otherwise, if you have too many, less-often used channels are loaded on startup.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby kc8pql » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:49 am

The primary use of the card at the moment is to store game programs like Angry Birds, which can require much more storage space than a regular channel. Probably won't even need it for that until a few more games are released though.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby KennyJ » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:24 pm

mikebdoss wrote:
steamer wrote:Anybody with any experience using extra memory Micro SD cards?
If so, what capacity to see any difference in performance?
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The card provides additional storage, not processing/performance power. As far as I can tell, it's only used to store channels. Otherwise, if you have too many, less-often used channels are loaded on startup.


It could improve performance of channel launching. Roku 2 will now delete the contents of a channel when it is running of room, but will retain the thumbnail. This means that if the contents had been deleted, it has to re-download it from Roku's servers before launching the channel. The SD card, I believe, is supposed to allow channel data to be stored on it, meaning no re-downloading is required.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby steamer » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:21 pm

thanks everyone for the replies.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby Porsche964 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:17 am

What size SD would you guys purchase? As far as others not maxing out their app que "channel", i did this in the first week with my old version Roku unit.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby ryanxwalton » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:20 am

Porsche964 wrote:What size SD would you guys purchase? As far as others not maxing out their app que "channel", i did this in the first week with my old version Roku unit.


I didn't even buy a SD card with my Roku 2. I just took out the 8GB SD card I had in an deactivated Sprint phone, and used that.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby steamer » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:54 pm

yes ... what size card would you recommend.
no use in overkill, eh?
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby aaronwt » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:01 pm

So it sounds like if I don't use any games it shouldn't be an issue. Even if ithe existing storage is full it would download the app each time when lauching it which should only take a second since they are so small. Although I probably have a micro SD card lying around somewhere.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby ryanxwalton » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:13 pm

aaronwt wrote:So it sounds like if I don't use any games it shouldn't be an issue. Even if ithe existing storage is full it would download the app each time when lauching it which should only take a second since they are so small. Although I probably have a micro SD card lying around somewhere.



From what I read last week, the SD card will most likely be used for more than just games. It will be used for channel storage also. I formatted my 8 GB card this morning, and it didn't take all that long to do it. You never know...Roku could someday create a channel that lets you play media you store on that SD card. They did it awhile back with USB.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby mkiker2089 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:51 am

I've noticed Angry Birds is a little slow to load. Is there a way to know if it's because of storage space? I only have about 10 channels on an XS, but I have no idea how big Angry Birds is.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby RokuShawnS » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:23 am

I think AB is a little over 50mb. Can't recall exactly though.

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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby mkiker2089 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:08 pm

So if I got a tiny little SD card, 1 gig perhaps, would it store it on there? That is assuming it isn't storing it now on the box.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby kc8pql » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:25 pm

I think if you don't have a card, it's installed on your box. (New box has a lot more memory)

As for the card, here's what it says on the Roku accessory page:
2 GB MicroSD Card for Roku 2

List Price: $4.99
Love playing games on your Roku 2? This tiny MicroSD card expands your storage capacity from a few games to up to 50! Only for Roku 2 models.
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Re: Roku 2 Micro SD card

Postby destruk » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:52 pm

RokuShawnS wrote:I think AB is a little over 50mb. Can't recall exactly though.

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*edit* corrected the size :)


So if AngryBirds is 50MB, does that mean the special gaming SDK will raise the channel size limit when you sideload your game development in progress from the current 512KB limitation?
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