Whats the difference between a HD1000 and a HD1500?
They are the same physical devices, the HD1500 includes gallery art packs.
Whats the difference between a Rev A. PhotoBridge and a Rev. B PhotoBridge?
A revision B. PhotoBridge has the following differences to a revision A PhotoBridge
* Has more memory (128 MB instead of 64 MB)
* Has a modified ROM to support the extra memory
* Has a slightly modified remote (or is more sensitive to the remote control)
How can I tell if I have a revision A or revision B?
On the sticker on the back of the PhotoBridge which has the serial number, it will say "HW Rev B" if it is a revision B PhotoBridge. Otherwise it is probably a revision A PhotoBridge.
What is the advantage of a revision B PhotoBridge?
It has more memory. Some applications (especially some 3rd party applications) can require a lot of memory to properly run. A revision A PhotoBridge may have problems trying to run these applications. Also a rev. A PhotoBridge may have problems playing music and looking at pictures at the same time.
I have a rev. A PhotoBridge. Is there anything I can do to increase performance
Yes. You can make use of whats known as a 'swap file'. In the simplest form this allows you to use a compact flash card as if it was extra memory.
Instructions on creating a swap file are here
Is there anyway to start up a 'swap file' automatically?
Yes, this can be done by use of a .flashrc.local and a .autoexec.roku file.
See here for more details
What firmware version do you recommend?
In most cases it is recommended to upgrade from the version of the firmware that comes on the PhotoBridge ( 1.5.18 ) to the beta 2 firmware.
Some people have experienced problems with 2.0.36 (though this version can support faster access speeds to the network), other people have experienced no problems with 2.0.36
2.0.34 would be recommended in this case.
How do I upgrade my firmware from 1.5.18 to 2.0.34
You will need a compact flash card.
Download the following file
and place it on your compact flash card.
Put the compact flash card in your PhotoBridge and hold the power button on the front of the PhotoBridge till the light goes off (takes about 6 seconds).
Wait 10 minutes or so.
If you are not seeing any picture, but the front light on the PhotoBridge is flashing this means that you are in video setup mode. See the manual for details on selecting the correct video mode.
Make sure to delete the formatup.rok file from the compact flash card or you will do an upgrade each time you restart your machine
Is it recommended to use DHCP with the PhotoBridge?
Many people have encountered problems (losing shares, broken icons, applications that won't start) when they use DHCP. For general stability purposes use of a static IP address is recommended.
How can I give my PhotoBridge a static IP address?
The following is a simpler method
1) Download the above file
2) Unzip the file and put the contents on a compact flash card.
3) Telnet into the roku as root.
4) Execute the script, done as follows
It will ask you for your preferred static IP address, your network mask and your gateway address and will modify the necessary file for you (no vi required).
What is SMB? I keep seeing it mentioned
SMB is "Server Message Block" - its a protocol that allows sharing of files (among other things).
Its basically "Windows Networking", so when you allow a folder to be shared on your PC, you're allowing it to be accessed via SMB.
As theres so many PCs around running Windows its become very much a standard, not just tied to Windows, so Macs have an implementation and so does unix/linux.
I'm seeing broken icons and applications don't start?
Are you running the beta 2 firmware? All the applications in the "third party applications" forum require firmware 2 (and many require that you are running 2.0.34 or later).
If you are running the correct firmware and you are seeing broken icons then this indicates that an application has crashed, and it has broken access to the network share.
A reboot is required at this stage.
Many people have reported that they have greater overall stability using a static IP address rather than a dynamic IP address (DHCP).
What video formats does the PhotoBridge support
The PhotoBridge natively can play back MPEG2 files. This includes high definition MPEG2 files.
It does not natively play back WMV. Xvid or Divx. However it is possible to play back these formats using server-side software such as Nero MediaHome or VLC.
For playing back MPEG2 files such as ripped DVDs etc. the third party software MPlay is recommended.
Can I play my ripped DVDs on the PhotoBridge
Yes. However note that currently features like subtitles are not supported. Also DTS (and PCM) sound in DVDs is not supported.
What audio formats does the PhotoBridge support
It natively supports WAV, AIFF and MP3.
Firmware 2 added support for AAC files.
The following 3rd party codecs are available:
I've tried to play a AAC file and nothing happened?
If you are trying to play an AAC file from a compact flash card there is currently a known issue that is can take a minute or two to start playing an AAC file.
It has also been reported that there is a delay in playing back AAC files from the network using firmware 2.0.36, however network playback works fine with firmware 2.0.34
What is Sonata?
Sonata is the name of the built-in music player on the PhotoBridge.
I'm playing AAC files fine, but the built in music player does not show the artist name, track name etc. like it does with my MP3 files?
The built-in music player, Sonata, only supports a music tagging system called ID3. ID3 is the tagging system used in MP3 files (and TTA files). AAC files generally use a different tagging system (most usually a tagging system called QT tags).
If my music files do not have ID3 tags (I'm playing AAC/FLAC/WMA) how can I see the tags
Unfortunately the built-in music player does not support the tagging systems used by these files. However there are third party music applications available that do support their tagging systems.
Does not require server software.
Requires use of SlimServer (server side software).
Both Sonica and SlimRoku are excellent solutions.
I'm trying to look at JPG pictures on my PhotoBridge, but they won't display
Unfortunately the PhotoBridge does not support JPG files saved in progressive format. You can use software such as Infranview http://www.irfanview.com/ to convert your JPGs to non-progressive JPG format.
How can I move the cursor in vi? The arrow keys don't work
k - up
j - down
l - right
I've telnetted into my PhotoBridge, but I can't write to my compact flash card
By default when a compact flash card is put into the PhotoBridge it is 'mounted' as being read-only. However it is possible to remount it as read/write using the following command
mount /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part1 /mnt/flash1 -o rw,remount,sync
Note that you will have to remount as read/write after any reboots. However you can use scripts to do this automatically for you, see the answer to the question "Is there anyway to start up a 'swap file' automatically?" above.
I've tried playing a high definition MPEG2 file from a SD card, but its not playing correctly, its stuttering etc. Whats the problem?
The SD, SM and MS slots are connected to USB 1.1 internally, so they're limited to 12Mbps. The CF card is connected to the PCI bus and is good for upwards of 30Mbps.
USB 1.1 is not fast enough for most high definition MPEG2 files.