No and Yes. The onboard 3.5mm output will work, the sound quality will be a bit less, but it's acceptable for a portable radio. Especially considering the PC speakers aren't exaclty HiFi quality.sej7278 wrote: 1. do you really need to use a USB soundcard (if so which ones work?) is the 3.5mm output really not even good enough when driven by powered PC speakers?
I've got the wifi dongle plugged into the hub. Plugging it directly into the raspberry is not advisable, according to numerous messaged in this forum.sej7278 wrote: 2. how well does the nano wifi dongle work when plugged into a hub rather than the pi directly? i'm thinking i could use a model-a if it works ok via a hub.
No. The USB powered speakers are plugged into the USB hub.sej7278 wrote: 3. how are you powering this - it looks like the speaker power and hub power lines are spliced?
Good acceptable sound. The limitation here is the tiny PC speakers.sej7278 wrote: what kind of sound did you get from the usb powered speakers with the usb soundcard?
This page of the PiCo player website has one: List of USB-DACssej7278 wrote: is there a list of compatible "cards"?
The WiFi problems are solved now!! The latest release of TinyCore is working wonders for it.sej7278 wrote: i'll go for the usb soundcard - have you considered that that's causing the problems with the wifi dongle though (i.e. soundcard using the bandwidth up)?
Hmm...strange. I don't have that experience with my Squeezebox setup.sej7278 wrote:i've noticed that the wifi dongle seems to be using up a lot of its bandwidth fetching the music from the fileserver, so when you try to send mpd a command, it sometimes doesn't get through, so i may just use a 32gb sdcard to store the os and music, and just use wifi for commands. either than or its a cpu hog or something odd.
How can the partition get corrupted when you only read from it? I've used the TinyCore radio for a couple of months now, always turning it off by pulling the plug. It almost feels wrong doing it.sej7278 wrote: i might look into tinycore as it would be nice to just turn it off at the wall, although i'm not convinced a different distro would solve that - even if you mount the ext3 partition readonly, its the fat boot partition that tends to get corrupted. the alternative is to switch to my beagleboneblack and use its onboard storage, but then i'll have 5v issues with the lcd.
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