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4. December 2019

VLC for Android stuck after sleep timer expired

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 20:46
Enable the “Stop on application swipe” option in VLC so you can still close it when it is stuck.

The problem

VLC for android is a good media player for Android. It comes with a sleep timer, which is useful if you are listening to audio books before sleep. However, for me, it always gets stuck after the sleep timer expired. This means the players notification still looks like it was playing. But neither the notification can be swiped away nor the application. So there is no easy way to close the app. Play buttons do not work and I cannot start another audio file. So the app is completely stuck.

The workaround

There is an option in the VLC settings that makes the situation a lot better:

Settings / Audio / Stop on application swipe

Check this option and when VLC is stuck, you can at least close the app by swiping it away.

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6. October 2012

Raspberry Pi as a digital webradio

Filed under: Linux,Raspberry Pi — Tags: , , , , , , , — Christopher Kramer @ 19:41

As my FM radio just sounded painfully because of so much noise, I looked at my Raspberry Pi lying next to it and thought “would it work as a digital webradio?”.

So I went ahead and installed VLC player:

apt-get install vlc

Then I went to the website of the local radio station and downloaded the m3u-file to the 128 kbit/s MP3-stream. Then I opened the file in VLC and clicked Play.

And it works great! CPU usage is at about 40%, RAM at 70MB. Sound can be digitally transferred using HDMI or using the stereo jack.

By the way, you can change the audio output to the stereo jack like this:

sudo amixer cset numid=3 1

And to HDMI:

sudo amixer cset numid=3 2

Compared to normal standalone webradios, this is not even an expensive solution. Using the IO pins, one could add buttons to control it, add an IR receiver via USB to add an IR remote control. You could even control it over the web using your smartphone.

Power consumption of the raspberry pi is also okay for a webradio, even if you do not shut it down because booting takes too long. Maybe the XBMC distribution for the raspberry pi is even better for a usage like this.

Oh, there are so many cool usages for this board. I really need to build something cool out of it.