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Monthly Archives: December 2019

hifiberry os

Recently, I came to the conclusion that Chromecast and Roon are just not compatible. While I’ve had issues with connecting the various Google Home Mini’s to my Roon Core Server, previously I never had an issue with my old Chromecast Audio device. The original Beep-killer, it was my go-to wifi device for my upstairs system where it was connected to a Schitt DAC.

After I updated to Roon 1.7 across the board, all my Chromecast devices appeared as available audio devices. I thought the problem was solved. But after a couple of days, the Chromecast Audio no longer appeared, and the Mini’s dropped off one by one. That was the last straw – screw it, enough with the “Roon-tested” gear. I plugged in the old HifiBerry and was instantly streaming music.

Being a Raspberry Pi day already, I decided to update my HifiBerry to their latest software, the new “more user friendly” HifiBerryOS. After downloading and installing it to an SD card, I connected the HifiBerry to ethernet and booted it up. Then, I navigated to it’s local IP (the http://hifiberry.local URL didn’t work) and configured Wifi. Once configured, I powered it down via the software (!!!), and moved it to its new home upstairs, where I now have a reliable Wifi streaming device again for Roon. Also, note that HifiBerryOS is small image, far under 1MB, and supports Apple Airplay, Bluetooth, MPD, Roon, Spotify and Squeezelite as a player.

Checkout how elegant this HifiBerryOS UI is:
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And here’s what it displays when playing:
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Thank you Daniel and everyone at HifiBerry!

On the web:
HifiBerry OS

raspbian buster

Almost forgot about my Raspberry Pi 3B+ that sits connected behind my television – for maybe a few months. It’s one of those “because I can” things. I did about a zillion updates to Stretch, but after changing the sources lists to the next OS, Buster, I ran out of room on the SD card (because I had initially used N00bs to write the card). Anyway, after downloading 7Zip – mandatory for unzipping Raspbian’s Stretch package with Windows – and balenaEtcher to write the microSD card with a fresh Buster image, I was quickly back up and running with a brand new OS for my Raspberry Pi.

Once I restarted the Pi and answered a few questions (country, timezone, wifi, password, display prefs), I reboot again and proceeded with 125 more updates! I chose Raspbian Buster with Desktop, which includes a GUI, Chrome and a few apps, and is just what I need on my Pi; no need for all the “recommended” software. I must say, Buster runs like a champ and looks a lot better on my 1080p display than any previous version. Bravo Raspbian, I might even use it more often!

On the web:
Download Raspbian for Raspberry Pi