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Help testing: Random Video Screensaver on Main Branch

  • @TMNTturtlguy I am a lot busy now and dont have time to test it till next weekend hence the delay.

  • @Hex I see, I will talk with @pjft to see if he thinks this is necessary. My current 4:3 setup is straight out of the box retropie 4.2 with updates and the screensaver build, no other mods. My 16:9 just has the overscan set as well as my PS4 controller setup, currently no other mods as I have removed all custom settings for testing purposes. As I said, I don't have a spare SD card right now and I don't want to overwrite my current builds tonight as I am trying to work on finishing my theme release.

  • @pjft would you like me to try a clean install? I want to make sure we don't loose traction on getting the approved and merged. Thanks

  • @TMNTturtlguy thanks for the availability and for bringing this up - and thanks @Hex For the suggestion as well as for the timeline clarification of your own availability.

    Please don't do a clean install. I don't believe that'll provide any particularly different results. That's also something I can do should it be needed, and spend the time myself rather than having one of you do so. :)

    At the moment I'm more inclined to assume that one of the test settings from non-pi systems has been saved in @Hex 's settings during the testing stage and as such nothing is showing. It's a theory, though, and that's why I'd love to get to the bottom of this on his system. An easy way for you @Hex to reset your settings is just to rename your es_settings.txt file.

    That being said, my main/only fear/concern with the current implementation is with "intrinsic" lack of compatibility between OMX Player and some setups, let's call it that. It isn't uncommon to see those every now and then - even in the last few days @sirhenrythe5th posted one such problem on the Comic Book Splash Screen thread, which needed to be solved via changing an OMX Player option in the script. It's somewhat TV resolution and frequency dependant, from my experience, that's why I've been trying to make it the most encompassing as possible.

    I've asked him to see if he used videos and, if so, to test this out. In the meantime, what I'll do is to bring back VLC player as a non-default option on the Pi for screensaver as, worst case scenario, that works. It just isn't ideal in terms of performance, but if OMX doesn't really work at all for some people - even after disabling game info and disabling overscan (or if they can't do these things) - they can choose to use VLC and just reduce the resolution of their videos.

    We'll choose this today/tomorrow, if time allows.

    Thanks! Happy weekend. :)

  • @pjft thank you sir, you and your family have a great weekend as well and as usual let me know if I can do anything to help.

  • @TMNTturtlguy thank you, you too good sir. Hope you're all doing well.

    Sick kids this weekend, hence me being up at this ungodly hour :)

  • @pjft sorry to hear that, those nights are never fun. Try to get rest when you can.

  • @TMNTturtlguy yeah, it's actually not the worst, the youngest one had just woken up and so did I as a consequence. :)

    Have a great weekend. Hope you're all doing great.

  • @pjft hope your family is doing better! Congrats on getting this implemented and thanks for your dedicstion and hard work! Can't wait to get power to the house restored so I can get this installed!

  • @TMNTturtlguy Thanks - same wishes to you, especially with no power at the moment.

    Yeah, I can't wait for the first bug reports to start coming up... :P

    I should actually start a page in the documentation for Video Players and the Random Game Screensaver as well. That should save quite a bit.

    One more thing for my to do list.

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