March 31, 2020
by dhoytt
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Setup Raspberry Pi 3 Raspbian Buster to Stream to Stereo

I updated my seldom used Raspberry Pi 3 to Raspbian Buster dated 2020-02-13 which uses the 4.19 kernel to stream to my brand new Onkyo-TX-N696. After the sound went out on my Yamaha RX-V673 I needed another option and chose the Onkyo-TX-N696 because my older Onkyo-TX-N595 allows me to use and save custom streaming URL’s without using the major streaming services. I did some quick research and it seemed all streaming current receivers didn’t have the custom streaming URL option. Onkyo didn’t advertise this feature either but thought since the Onkyo-TX-N595 had it the Onkyo-TX-N696 had a good chance of having the option to add custom streaming URL’s plus the other new features AVR receivers have these days.

Well once hooked up I went through the Net streaming features that the Onkyo-TX-N696 had and didn’t see the custom streaming option. I called up Onkyo support and thankfully got a support representative who had been there a while and he said that custom streaming URL’s option isn’t on the new servers and I was the first person he talked to in all the years of being there that wanted that option or he heard used the custom urls. With the Yamaha RX-V673 I used the Vtuner site to point to custom streaming URL’s like “Snakeice’s House of Beats” various music streams I added as bookmarks in the Yamaha RX-V673 receiver under “Net Radio”.

I was ready to take the Onkyo-TX-N696 back and get a new Yamaha 7.2 receiver once I found they didn’t have the custom streaming URL option. After talking to Yamaha support I found they no longer use Vtuner but Airable and no way to link to various custom streaming URL’s. I dug deeper into other current AVR receivers and still could find no current ones that let you enter custom streaming URL’s Now my only option with current AVR’s is to use a different streaming device like Sonos or Denon network stream or do what I used to with my old Harmon Kardon before streaming receivers became a thing and stream from a PC or like device and connect via HDMI or optical from that device into the Onkyo-TX-N696. I decided to try my Raspberry Pi 3 I had laying around for the input streaming device.

The older version of Raspbian Stretch OS I had was having filesystem issues I would just <ctrl-d> past but I was able to test out with VLC. I then downloaded the new Raspbian OS performed straightforward dd installation of the image to my micro-SD card from my Fedora Linux workstation per Raspberry Pi installation instructions Placed my micro-SD card back into my Raspberry Pi 3 and came up with the new beautiful stable “Raspbian Buster with desktop and recommended software”.

Since the Raspberry Pi 3 only has one HDMI output I had to get a 2 output HDMI splitter (with 4k and HDR which wasn’t required )from Rocketfish. I had tried using USB outlets from the Raspberry Pi 3 with some older USB external sound devices I had laying around but the OS didn’t recognize them without some additional configuration in the Raspian OS and I didn’t want to have to hang an additional 2 devices off my new stereo plus additional customization when I shouldn’t have to hang any devices off a new AVR receiver to get the functionality I had for the past 6 or 7 years from the Yamaha RX-V673 7.2 and currently have on the older Onkyo-TX-N595 5.2 currently that I use for the backyard. I have other more important projects to get done.

Anyhow now I’m all setup with the Raspberry Pi 3 with VLC streaming my Snakeice’s House of Beats then having the HDMI output of my Raspberry Pi 3 go through the Rocketfish splitter with one output to the stereo and the other to my monitor for initial setup (until I find my TV’s remote).

All this hassle because modern AVR’s are herding us into large streaming providers to get our music if we want to stream music. I am very impressed with the Debian flavored Raspbian OS for these types of Desktop uses. I ordered the Raspberry Pi 4 and will play with that some more and that has 2 micro-HDMI outputs, more RAM and a more powerful CPU.

I will also fix my sound no my Yamaha RX-V673 7.2 or most likely have this local place here in Sacramento who fixed my Harmon Kardon fix it, will cost a bit but it’s worth it to me. Now I have VLC enabled and ready on my Raspberry Pi 3 and can control from once again control my music anywhere since my Onkyo-TX-N696 is controllable via mobile and PC as well.

Time to stream and listen to some music from Snakeice’s House of Beats!

March 14, 2020
by dhoytt
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Late Focused Saturday Music Set

Just playing some music while getting things done in the house this so called “self-isolation” due to the Covid-19/Corona virus crisis.

I will have some of these artists and more during this set that shows the mix of genres I will control a bit closer than other times the stream of music is going from Snakeice’s House of Beats:

  • Feva In Da Funkhouse
  • 2PAC
  • Beastie Boys
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Prince
  • Samuelle
  • Selena Gomez
  • James Taylor
  • Al B. Sure

February 20, 2020
by dhoytt
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Crazy OS and Application Updates

I was feeling productive making serious strides gettinng my c7000 chassis

I was feeling productive today making serious strides getting my c7000 chassis ready and reached a great stopping point when I decided to do a small task that lead to several updates and took parts of my web site down. I was just going to link another blog’s post to one of mine to increase traffic to both sites hopefully when I decided to update to see if I had access to a better plugin to link related sites since the one I used extensively no longer had active development and the other one I didn’t have time to dive into today.

First I wanted to update to the latest version of WordPress 5.23 but the update check discovered I had PHP version 5.4.16 and I needed to be at PhP 5.5 to get to WordPress 3.23 the latest version.

First I did a full OS update on my web server I host WordPress on which is Centos 7 OS to see if it picked up the latest PHP version and it didn’t update PHP at all during the update process. The kernel and quite a few other files updated seamlessly though.

Second I updated WordPress to the latest verions I could with PHP 5.4.16 which was version 5.14 of WordPress. I then did minimal poking around and determined that of course WordPress 5.23 would work with the latest version of PHP so I decided to see why Centos 7 didn’t update to the latest version of PHP during the update process.

Found out how to get to the latest version of PHP 7.3 and it was straightforward, so I decided to do it. I found several sites with the same update procedure so I followed the one at Digital Ocean since they always have to have good material:

Install EPEL yum repository on your system

yum install epel-release

Install Remi repository

rpm -Uvh http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm

Now onto the proper installation

Your system is prepared for the PHP installation from yum repositories. Use one of the following commands to install PHP 7.3 or PHP 7.2 or PHP 7.1 on your system based on your requirements

## Install PHP 7.3  yum --enablerepo=remi-php73 install php

All seemed to go smooth so I then decided to update to WordPress 5.23 and then updated all of my plugins and all my WordPress themes except for the theme I use for my Music Streaming site “Snakeice’s House of Beats” since there were some customizations I didn’t want to work with today and it is only one version behind the latest version on that active theme. All looked good as I updated each site which in turn updated the database.

I then went to the Music Streaming site “Snakeice’s House of Beats” and could not see the now playing information so I started thinking the iFrame plugin I used had failed. I looked at the settings and they were blank! Was glad I was looking at the wrong site, I then checked the correct site with an independent tool to see if my site had picked up something during the updates that would block iframes and it tested out fine.

Then it dawned on me to test the content I show within my iFrame outside of the iFrame and it wouldn’t come up! Now I went to my request site and requested a song and that gave database errors! I had failed to consider that the PHP based code of that part of the site which stands on its own if needed didn’t have the proper PHP updates and that site doesn’t have simple update processes for me it would be all manual if that’s the issue.

I looked in the Apache/httpd log files and of course there was the error “PHP Parse error: Invalid numeric literal”. Then went to the site of that application’s forum to see who else ran into this issue and I found the fix was the latest version of the SAM Broadcaster applications PHP templates. I purchased the update installed the new templates in another part of my site after getting that installed on my W2012-r2 site and copying the templates from there. I mad my configuration changes to point to my streaming music server and to sync with that database put in my station credentials and everything didn’t work perfectly. I even noticed the Joomla portion on my site had all types of PHP errors all over the place what a mess!

Heck even the update of the SAM Broadcaster application on my W2012-r2 server didn’t go smoothly. That took me 3 tries with running the executable as Administrator user and moving files and making sure I killed certain processes before it recognized the new SAM Broadcaster version 2018-10!

Now I ventured over to the SAM forums again and found that one of the people who did SAM Broadcaster consulting work had packaged up some changes for the SAM Broadcaster files for PHP 7.x he had supposedly passed on to the team at Spacial Audio who created SAM Broadcaster and should have been in the latest version of SAM. I downloaded that zip package, moved it to my web server, unzipped it, copied what had been my working code to a renamed directory and then copied the changed files over my previously working files. I then looked at my music standalone site and it looked horrible but a change had occurred that looked like something I could work with!

After copying all the unzipped files over my prior working site I then made changes to my configuration API files pointing to my database, syncing to the W2012-r2 server that streams the music from my Centos 7 web server and refreshing the web page after each change and it got me back up to where I was except of course my Joomla CMS pages which I will tackle the next couple of days.

After all of that I decided to link the other blog’s post to my related post on mint plants and ended up doing it manually since the plugin I wanted and I updated to use didn’t work! Wow well at least I got somethings updated with more secure code and those blog posts linked! I’ll tackle everything else later, I have several dozens projects left to do after being overseas for a while on my systems around the house and community but I’m at the latest version of Centos 7, PHP (7.3), SAM Broadcaster and Windows 2012-r2 (I updated a couple of days ago) and made significant progress installing to server blades and setting up things on my c7000 blade chassis.

February 1, 2020
by dhoytt
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Updated Dhoytt Web Server

Performed some OS updates on the Dhoytt Web Server which is a Centos 7 virtual server. In my current configuration which I will change this also affects my IceCast Relays I stream out for listeners

There weren’t a lot of updates but rebooted the system anyway everything is back up nice and quick and the IceCast Relays maybe noticed a small blip.

Everything is up and ready to go.

December 15, 2019
by dhoytt
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Web Server OS Updates

Just finished with OS system updates on my Linux Cenots 7 webs server and since it updated the kernel and other critical OS files it needed a reboot to run on the new kernel and other files. No issues and things are up running again fine.

During my system updates months ago I had also moved my IceCast relays to the web server and I will change that when I have time so I noticed I knocked some listeners off the IceCast relays temporarily during the reboot.

November 28, 2019
by dhoytt
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Breaking the Monotony Music Set

A need for a nice set of music thrown together first a little hit of street vibe, then some slow grinding sounds then letting loose once again with music from different genres and musical eras with an edge the way I like.

Listen with me and just hear a songs you know mixed with other songs you know that are normally not in the same sets.

I mean ACDC with Shelia E, Pet Shop Boys, Lil Jon, Macy Gray, Taylor Swift, Bootsy and Beyonce are just a few.

November 2, 2019
by dhoytt
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Kicking the Feet up Rowdy Old School With a Few recent Beats

Getting through the day with some music and stringing together some rowdy old school with some fairly recent sounds laced in as long as it continues that rowdy and wild vibe.

Got the original NWA crew, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, when they all went solo with some battle style raps, BDP D12 ,Yoyo, The Mossie, even some Rock-and Roll with Accept, Guns n Roses, Nickelback and others.

N.W.A
Ice Cube
Dr. Dre
Eazy E
BDP (Boogie Down Productions
D12
Yo Yo
Accept
Gins N Roses
Nickelback

August 6, 2019
by dhoytt
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Getting HP C7000 BladeSystem Started

Well after picking up my HPC7000 Blade chassis with some nice components I finally made room in my computer room and got the chassis powered up. I also picked up some barebones Bl460 G7 blade servers I can get started on.

First as noted I needed to get the chassis together and in my computer room. First I put my main chassis on a four wheel heavy duty furniture dolly then snapped in the backplane and modules.

I then stacked all of my UPS on one side of my 19″ rack on another four wheel heavy duty furniture dolly. Then wheeled in the C7000 chassis.

Then my issue is I didn’t have the proper power cords so picked those up at the same place I got the barebone servers. Still I had a power issue as my power supplies only operate off of 200-240vac. Found some power supplies that work off of 100-120vac and I have power.

Now the LCD screen is locked so I cannot configure anything that way and I can’t guess the IP address of the HP OA(Onboard Administrator) for the C7000 chassis. I try resetting the OA but that does nothing.

Now I decide to serial into the OA and find my USB to serial cable but I need the female to female null modem adaptor. I know I have one but can’t find it. I head over to Frye’s to get a null modem cable.

Now I cannot login using my Windows laptop because Windows 10 no longer has HyperTerminal and cannot load proper drivers for my USB to serial cable.

Now thank goodness the null modem cable is long so I go connect it to my Linux workstation. Now it’s been the ’90’s since I did Linux or UNIX serial connections using Kermit and I’m having issues. Finally I get minicom command to work connect to the HP OA and reset my password and network information.

Just the baby steps and the technical commands and steps I’ll post later plus a few more pictures.