Greetings Roku Beta Testers!
We have completed a new beta version which you can download here:
http://www.rokulabs.com/support/downloa ... 0Beta3.zip
There are notes on how to install here:
Alternatively, you can just go to your Setup menu, Select "Software Update", and follow the prompts to automatically install 2.0.10 over the network.
Please give it a try and let us know how it goes.
NOTE: If you have been using the cool new HexRadio application, you should reboot before trying the network software upgrade as HexRadio may fill up the temp filesystem and the network software upgrade uses the temp filesystem.
The Roku Team.
p.s. For your convenience, the release notes follow.
New Features in 2.0 Beta 3 (2.0.10)
â€¢ kernel NTFS support (read-only)
â€¢ XIMETA Net-Disk driver
â€¢ German language translation
â€¢ initial PAL support (SD interlaced modes only)
Bugs Fixed in 2.0 Beta 3 (2.0.10)
â€¢ Filenames on CompactFlash get mangled to uppercase
Beta 3 (software version 2.0.10) may be downloaded from: http://www.rokulabs.com/support/HD10002.0Beta.php
or may be installed over 2.0.9 by using the Network Software upgrade feature accessed from Setup.
Note: 2.0.10 is a â€œformat upgradeâ€. The contents of your built-in storage will not be preserved.
A few words on the features in 2.0.10:
Kernel NTFS Support
We have integrated Anton Altaparmakovâ€™s Linux NTFS kernel driver version 2.1.6b. This provides read-only support for NTFS formatted volumes. The main reason we added this was to support XIMETA NetDisks, which are formatted with NTFS by default. More details below.
XIMETA NetDisk Driver
Now you can mount your XIMETA NetDisks.
In this beta release there is no GUI for doing this, you must telnet into your PhotoBridge and issue a shell command as follows:
1. First determine your NetDisk ID, as printed on the sticker on the bottom of your NetDisk.
2. Choose a friendly name for the NetDisk. This is the name that will show up in the PhotoBridge GUI. e.g. â€œaquamanâ€
3. Telnet into your PhotoBridge and issue the following shell command:
ndas-mount ABCD1-12AB1-A123B-ABCDE aquaman
substituting the ID and friendly name with your own.
4. Your disk will show up as NDAS/aquaman in the GUI.
In 2.0 final we will have a GUI in Setup that will provide easy to use mounting functionality.
A word on speed:
Current we achieve 23.8 Megabits/second when reading from the NetDisk. XIMETA informs us that they are working on improving the performance to bring it inline with their Windows driver which achieves ~80 Megabits/second but they have not given us an ETA yet.
23.8Mbps is [just] sufficient for streaming high definition ATSC MPEG2 transport streams (which top out at about 19.7Mbps) and is plenty of speed for streaming MPEG2 DVD program stream files and Replay TV high quality program stream files which top out at around 8Mbps.
A word on the driver:
XIMETA has 2 versions of their drivers â€“ level 1 (Windows XP version 2.4.2) which supports only one read/write network client and multiple read-only clients at a time and level 2 (Windows XP version 3.10) which supports multiple read/write and read-only clients. The PhotoBridge driver is a level 2 driver. As a result, I believe (but am not sure) that all clients on your network must also use a level 2 driver.
A word on Filesystems:
The PhotoBridge with this NDAS driver supports NetDisks which are formatted with NTFS or FAT32. (It would support ext2 and ext3 also, but these filesystems are not currently compiled into the PhotoBridge kernel). By default your NetDisk comes pre-formatted with NTFS. Here are the pros and cons of each filesystem:
â€¢ XIMETA NetDisks come pre-formatted with NTFS.
â€¢ NTFS is Read/Write in Win2K/WinXP
â€¢ Large files *are* supported.
â€¢ NTFS is Read-Only on PhotoBridge
â€¢ NTFS support on MacOS is questionable (read unknown by me, RokuDon), is likely also read-only, and likely requires additional third-party software to be installed on your Mac.
â€¢ FAT32 is Read/Write on Windows/Linux/MacOS
â€¢ You must use third party software to reformat your NetDisk with FAT32
â€¢ Files are *limited* to 4GB in size.
â€¢ EXT2/3 is read/write and supported natively on Linux and likely also on MacOS.
â€¢ Large files *are* supported.
â€¢ You must use third party software to reformat your NetDisk with EXT2 or EXT3.
â€¢ EXT2/3 not yet compiled into PhotoBridge kernel.
â€¢ EXT2/3 not natively supported on Windows, requires 3rd party software.
We at Roku wish to extend our thanks to our enthusiastic user, Joachim, for making us a German translation. We passed his work on to a german partner of ours (a distributor) who did some minor tweaks. Thanks again Jowi!
Initial PAL Support
We have added very preliminary support for PAL video modes. Currently only composite and S-Video modes are supported (576i). This clears up the problem with jerky playback of PAL MPEG2 program stream files, but unfortunately NTSC program stream files do not playback correctly when in PAL mode. It is unknown, but unlikely, that PAL program stream files will work in NTSC mode and it is also unlikely that NTSC files will work in PAL mode, but we are still investigating. And, donâ€™t worry â€“ we plan to add HD PAL modes in 2.0 final.
Thanks, and enjoy the 2.0.10 features!