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  • 5. Januar 2020 at 21:22 #47876

    Have you tried plugging a keyboard and mouse into the USB ports, re-doing a fresh image on the MicroSD card and trying again with the Network cable attached. That did it for me.

    If you have a Keyboard and mouse plugged in, try it with them unplugged, it seems like a timing issue and you just have to change enough to make it work.

    I am also trying to get a multi-room system running. It is a bit frustrating as I think it will work, it just isn’t quote as smooth as it should be..


    2. Januar 2020 at 10:46 #47862

    I completely concur that it looks like there is some sort of timing issue. I have a Pi 4 and a HiFiBerry Amp 2. Previously they ran Raspbian with no issues. On a clean boot with MAX2Play it continually stuck at

    A start job is running for Network Time Synchronization (24s / 30s)

    I tried 2 different SD cards each time same result (though they were the same 16G SAN disk cards). As it was a new boot no files to edit. I also tried it with wireless and WPS/no WPS and with a fixed LAN cable, same result each and every time. Tried 2 different power supplies both the same.

    At this point I only had a display plugged into the HDMI port and had tried it multiple times.

    I then plugged in a Keyboard and mouse to the USB ports (didn’t use them) and suddenly it all booted fine. It was interesting to note there were more lines displayed on the initial boot screen and boot was a fraction longer.

    I then did have to edit the config.txt to comment out the line as it only worked once and was then back to the same situation.


    But after that all good and now boots cleanly every time.

    This makes me think there are 2 issues, a timing one and the extra line in the config file one. I really think its worth you investigating further.


    17. Dezember 2019 at 17:39 #47803

    On the actual screen attached to the Raspberry PI via an HDMI connection, MAX2PLAY runs a GUI, This is the one I was hoping I could make a command line, especially as under normal circumstances I will not have a monitor connected to the HDMI port as, as you say, you configure most things via the web interface.

    I hope the question is clearer now


    16. Dezember 2019 at 17:50 #47792

    Thanks for this but you missed my second question

    Is there any way to run a Terminal rather than GUI screen to save on CPU as I will not have anything connected to the HDMI under normal circumstances?


    15. Dezember 2019 at 17:49 #47779

    I finally managed to get it to work, by tracking down a USB Network converter. Which on the seconds attempt (The first time it got stuck in the same place) finally went all the way through. I was then able to connect, tell it to use wifi and give it a static IP address which is what I wanted.

    It is worth pointing out that your comment ‘Please have an eye on the Health Checker in Settings/Reboot when using it.’ Was a bit odd as it has to be fully booted for this to be seen and my problem was it would not boot via wifi !
    As I see it there is an issue with Max2Play trying a 1st time boot using wifi with our without wps since it doesn’t bring up an access point either. Once booted 1st time on LAN its then OK every time on wireless and the power is marked as “Power Supply OK” on the settings/reboot menu.

    Also, on the HiFi Berry AMP 2 page it states “The Amp2 integrated voltage converter is powerful enough to power even the new Raspberry Pi 4.” So, I am surprised about your power comments and clearly that wasn’t it.

    I am left with 2 questions
    1. If you “do not recommend using a device like the AMP2 with a RPi zero” please can you tell me why and what you do recommend as I would like to have a good setup
    2. Is there any way to run a Terminal rather than GUI screen to save on CPU as I will not have anything connected to the HDMI under normal circumstances?


    13. Dezember 2019 at 14:01 #47765

    That’s just the point, I cannot see it in my web interface of my Wifi system. It has not connected successfully. If it had connected and if I could see an IP address I would have tried that.

    Can you explain what the error messages mean and why it doesn’t seem to want to connect.

    I would have to buy a LAN adaptor and not sure why I would need to as it should connect via WIFI and if the WPS was not working it should have created an automatic access point (which it did not).

    Its not the hardware as that works fine with Raspian.


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