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14 hours ago, Tiago said:

Hi, thanks for your reply.

 

Where is the J18 jumper located on the board? I’m looking at the hat’s photo and cannot see it.

Are there advantages/disadvantages on having one or two power sources?

 

Also, before I was aware of Boss2, I was looking at Boss 1.2 vs DigiOne and had decided to go with the DigiOne option and just connect it to my AV receiver via coaxial. 

My point is: will the sound quality be better with Boss2 via RCA or with DigiOne via coaxial?

Please find the J18 jumper on Boss 2 board.

 

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Just a quick update on my Boss2: The Old works now, including the remote that was ordered with the Boss2 unit. Only thing that still hangs the RPI unit is when I attach the Wifi dongle to it. Obvious panic-kernel errors are seen in the screen dump of the RPI. Can it be that it needs dual power attached because the dongle draws too much current? 

 

As to the sound quality of the system: I was already so much impressed that I bought new speakers to go with the system, but one of the LS50's was scratched so I had to return them. I now have them replaced with the LS50Meta speakers and this is yet another step up in sound quality and also in stereo-imaging. Never before have I ever had such a clear and precise image of the sound stage. It really is like the speakers themselves don't exist and the sound is imaged everywhere from the left side to the right side of the room, some instruments or vocals higher up on stage, others a bit lower. Very impressive for a system with an amp that is almost 20 years old. The main thing here is the quality of the DAC & PSU and the speakers.

 

I'm now also listening with Tidal high-res and that sounds even better than Spotify and Apple Music. I just need to figure out how Tidal-connect works so I don't have to use the computer...

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If you are on iOS (and using Moode audio on the rpi), I recommend mconnect. I am using it with Qobuz, it works very well. You get the full quality of Qobuz without having to go over AirPlay.

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Hi,

 

You say I can use Nirvana to power both the Boss2 and the RPi.

 

But on the Nirvana specs it says “Nirvana has only one output at 2.85A/5V”

 

So how may I power both the Boss2 and the RPi?

 

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Still problems with the Comfast wifi dongle and Volumio. I've tried all methods of getting the system setup: via ethernet cable but also via wifi host/hotspot setup. the dongle was recognized with the wifi hotspot/host setup, worked for a bit, but still crashes the RPI after some time when I installed the OLED according to the procedures as outlined in this thread. 

 

Can it be that the Comfast WIFI is conflicting with the Boss2 h/w as I see errors mentioning interrupt request failures and then kernal panic and shutting down the CPU's. The RPI never comes up after that so need POPO to restart (and remove the dongle) to get a working system.

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7 minutes ago, Gerard-K said:

Still problems with the Comfast wifi dongle and Volumio. I've tried all methods of getting the system setup: via ethernet cable but also via wifi host/hotspot setup. the dongle was recognized with the wifi hotspot/host setup, worked for a bit, but still crashes the RPI after some time when I installed the OLED according to the procedures as outlined in this thread. 

 

Can it be that the Comfast WIFI is conflicting with the Boss2 h/w as I see errors mentioning interrupt request failures and then kernal panic and shutting down the CPU's. The RPI never comes up after that so need POPO to restart (and remove the dongle) to get a working system.

Forwarded PM please check

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1 hour ago, Tiago said:

Hi,

 

You say I can use Nirvana to power both the Boss2 and the RPi.

 

But on the Nirvana specs it says “Nirvana has only one output at 2.85A/5V”

 

So how may I power both the Boss2 and the RPi?

 

Nirvana has only one output. 

 

Boss 2 player will work with single power also

 

For single power J18 jumper on Boss 2 board must be closed . Power should be connected through back panel DC In connector and both RPI and Boss 2 board will get the power.

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2 hours ago, Audio_Allo said:

Nirvana has only one output. 

 

Boss 2 player will work with single power also

 

For single power J18 jumper on Boss 2 board must be closed . Power should be connected through back panel DC In connector and both RPI and Boss 2 board will get the power.

Ok, when shipped, the Boss2 player has J18 open or closed?

 

What is the purpose of the USB port on the Nirvana?

 

Is it better to use separate power supply for the RPi? If yes, which one?

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Hello all!

I've flashed the image on post #2 of this topic, but can not find the "allo-boss2-dac-audio.dtbo" file on the /boot/overlays diretory.

Can anyone help, please?

 

Never mind, my error, I've flashed the wrong image...

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On 3/30/2021 at 2:25 PM, Audio_Allo said:

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After updating the driver ,Comfast WiFi dongle is working fine with Volumio in Boss 2 player.

 

Need to follow the below steps for updating the  driver.

 

Note : Update the driver without WiFi Dongle after updating the driver, please insert Comfast  WiFi  dongle 

 

cd /usr/src

 

wget http://3.230.113.73:9011/Allocom/Boss2/rtl8812au/install.sh

 

sh install.sh

 

And reboot  once and then plug WiFi module to Boss 2 player and start 

 

Or flash below image to the SD card (In that driver is already updated)

 

http://3.230.113.73:9011/Allocom/Boss2/volumio-2.853-2020-12-31-pi.img.zip

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Hello.  I have not been able to get the Boss2 to work on the official Volumio image yet (though it is working, including the OLED,  following all the steps in this thread using the Volumio image provided by Allo).

 

When I asked Volumio why the Boss2 was not supported yet even though the official Raspberry image supports it, this was their response:

 

Quote

Hi,
we did not even know Boss2 existed…

 

...

 

In any case, adding support to Volumio for any i2s DAC is very easy for manufacturer, all they have to do is follow this simple guide and send us a Pull Request:
https://volumio.github.io/docs/I2S_DACs/Adding_Compatibility_to_your_DAC.html

So you can report to Allo to follow this guide and send us a PR.

 

...

 

 

 

I thought I remembered seeing an Allo pull request for this on Guthub, but I can't find it.  Allo, could you follow the steps above to incorporate the Boss2 into Volumio please?  While your hacked image works right now, there are new features in Volumio (such as Tidal Connect) that I would like to use. The only way is to have the Boss2 officially supported by Volumio.

 

Thanks.

 

 

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14 hours ago, toroloco said:

Hello.  I have not been able to get the Boss2 to work on the official Volumio image yet (though it is working, including the OLED,  following all the steps in this thread using the Volumio image provided by Allo).

 

When I asked Volumio why the Boss2 was not supported yet even though the official Raspberry image supports it, this was their response:

 

 

 

I thought I remembered seeing an Allo pull request for this on Guthub, but I can't find it.  Allo, could you follow the steps above to incorporate the Boss2 into Volumio please?  While your hacked image works right now, there are new features in Volumio (such as Tidal Connect) that I would like to use. The only way is to have the Boss2 officially supported by Volumio.

 

Thanks.

 

 

As per volumio docs saying, the driver and dtoverlay required in volumio using kernel (currently volumio using 4.19.118) , boss2 drivers available on 5.4.77 rpi kernel onwards.  Allo will take steps to include boss2 in newer kernel versions of volumio.

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8 hours ago, Audio_Allo said:

Allo will take steps to include boss2 in newer kernel versions of volumio.

Good news, thanks.  Are you aware that Volumio currently have a beta underway for Volumio 3, and that while it includes the right kernel drivers, it does not incorporate the Boss2 parameters (dacs.json, etc)?  Please add the Boss2 to this beta: https://github.com/volumio/Volumio2/tree/buster/master

 

 

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4 hours ago, Audio_Allo said:

If any one downloaded volumio image from volumio site , can follow the steps which mentioned in the below link to enable boss2.

Excellent, thanks! What you're doing here makes sense. I'll give it a go.

 

-Mike

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That worked, thanks!  Again, though, it's a temporary fix until Volumio gets it working officially: every time Volumio updates their software, I have to do this entire install process (for both the mods and the OLED), and reinstall and reconfigure all my plugins.

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Hello --

 

thanks for this helpful thread! I followed the instructions here (http://3.230.113.73:9011/Allocom/Boss2/volumio/info) and I've got Volumio working with the Allo Boss2 player. The comfast wifi dongle is working as well. But the OLED screen does not work, despite following the steps in the above instructions. The driver downloaded and installed but the OLED screen still won't work. Any idea what might be going on? Thanks!

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12 hours ago, lrieppel said:

Hello --

 

thanks for this helpful thread! I followed the instructions here (http://3.230.113.73:9011/Allocom/Boss2/volumio/info) and I've got Volumio working with the Allo Boss2 player. The comfast wifi dongle is working as well. But the OLED screen does not work, despite following the steps in the above instructions. The driver downloaded and installed but the OLED screen still won't work. Any idea what might be going on? Thanks!

You got any error while installing OLED script ?And have you changed hostname ?We need to install OLED script before changing the hostname.

 

Can you please execute below command and check again

 

cd /opt/

wget http://3.230.113.73:9011/Allocom/Boss2/boss2_oled.tar.gz

tar -xzvf boss2_oled.tar.gz

cd boss2_oled

./install_boss2_oled.sh 

 

And reboot the player

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Thanks for the speedy reply! I do not know if I changed the host name. I certainly did not do so intentionally, but I'm pretty bad with UNIX so it's possible that it changed during the setup without my knowledge... I initially got an error message when running the commands you describe saying that I do not have permission to write to the /opt directory. So I used the "sudo su" command, entered the password, and then did all the steps you described without any more error messages. It seemed to work fine, but the OLED screen still does not turn on.

 

Here are the steps that I did:

 

[email protected]:/opt$ cd /opt/
[email protected]:/opt$ wget http://3.230.113.73:9011/Allocom/Boss2/boss2_oled.tar.gz
--2021-05-01 13:12:12--  http://3.230.113.73:9011/Allocom/Boss2/boss2_oled.tar.gz
Connecting to 3.230.113.73:9011... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 33634 (33K) [application/x-gzip]
boss2_oled.tar.gz.1: Permission denied

Cannot write to ‘boss2_oled.tar.gz.1’ (Permission denied).
[email protected]:/opt$ sudo su
[sudo] password for volumio:
vSorry, try again.
[sudo] password for volumio:
Sorry, try again.
[sudo] password for volumio:
[email protected]:/opt# cd /opt/
[email protected]:/opt# wget http://3.230.113.73:9011/Allocom/Boss2/boss2_oled.tar.gz
--2021-05-01 13:12:42--  http://3.230.113.73:9011/Allocom/Boss2/boss2_oled.tar.gz
Connecting to 3.230.113.73:9011... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 33634 (33K) [application/x-gzip]
Saving to: ‘boss2_oled.tar.gz.1’

boss2_oled.tar.gz.1 100%[=====================>]  32.85K  --.-KB/s   in 0.03s  

2021-05-01 13:12:42 (1009 KB/s) - ‘boss2_oled.tar.gz.1’ saved [33634/33634]

[email protected]:/opt# tar -xzvf boss2_oled.tar.gz
boss2_oled/
boss2_oled/IRModule.py
boss2_oled/ropieee-boss2-oled.service
boss2_oled/install_boss2_oled.sh
boss2_oled/IRModule.pyc
boss2_oled/boss2oled.service
boss2_oled/README
boss2_oled/boss2_oled.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/
boss2_oled/Hardware/__init__.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/I2CConfig.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/__init__.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/SH1106FontLib1.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/SH1106FontLibNumbers.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/Line1SH1106FontLib.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/SH1106FontLibNumbers1.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/__init__.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/SH1106FontLib.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/SH1106LCD.py
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/__pycache__/
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/__pycache__/SH1106FontLibNumbers.cpython-37.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/__pycache__/SH1106LCD.cpython-37.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-37.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/__pycache__/SH1106FontLib1.cpython-37.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/__pycache__/Line1SH1106FontLib.cpython-37.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/__pycache__/SH1106FontLib.cpython-37.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/SH1106/__pycache__/SH1106FontLibNumbers1.cpython-37.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/I2CConfig.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/__pycache__/
boss2_oled/Hardware/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-37.pyc
boss2_oled/Hardware/__pycache__/I2CConfig.cpython-37.pyc
boss2_oled/__pycache__/
boss2_oled/__pycache__/IRModule.cpython-37.pyc
[email protected]:/opt# cd boss2_oled
[email protected]:/opt/boss2_oled# ./install_boss2_oled.sh
[email protected]:/opt/boss2_oled# reboot
Connection to 10.0.0.53 closed by remote host.
Connection to 10.0.0.53 closed.
[email protected] ~ %

 

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I think now I know what you mean when you say you  need to install OLED script before changing the hostname. I changed the host name back to "volumio" and ran the script. This time it seemed to run a bunch of python code and install a bunch of stuff... but the screen is still not working! :-(

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On 5/1/2021 at 7:44 PM, lrieppel said:

I think now I know what you mean when you say you  need to install OLED script before changing the hostname. I changed the host name back to "volumio" and ran the script. This time it seemed to run a bunch of python code and install a bunch of stuff... but the screen is still not working! :-(

Can you please share below command result

 

cat /etc/rc.local

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