Media Browser version 2.2.4 (Codename Cronos) Released

by Damian on May 29, 2010 · 5 comments

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Late last night the next version of Media Browser (codename Cronos) was just released. I should get it loaded on my HTPCs and test out this weekend. I am hoping this release will fix some issues I have been experiencing of late with sluggish speed and issues with cache.Be on the lookout for my writeup in the coming days. The latest version can be downloaded here.


Complete Changelog:

To see a full list of the tracker topics for these changes, have a look here.

Important Notes:

  • This release will need to re-build your entire item cache as changes were made that are not backward compatible. This may take some time the first time you enter MB with this version so be patient while everything re-builds.
  • When using experimental SQLite, the cache.db file will be deleted upon upgrading due to the above mentioned changes.

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Alex Kuretz May 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I’m glad to hear this as I experienced several of the issues mentioned, in particular the slow performance and broken “Watched” state were really unpleasant. If this release doesn’t make some real improvements I’ll likely be trying other options, which is a shame because I like the potential of Media Browser.

Alex Kuretz May 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I just loaded this on my HTPC, and the difference is night and day! Performance is way faster, it feels snappy even on my Revo with the dual core Atom. I want to play with it for a few days, make sure performance doesn’t degrade over time, but so far I’m pleased. I look forward to hearing your impressions, Damian.

I do find it annoying that I lose the “watched” status every time I update Media Browser. :(

Damian May 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I have a few suggestions I was going to throw on the MediaBrowser forum so I will add the “watched” status issue. I saw that you can now enable playstate with the sql db which is great if you have multiple htpcs in your house. Hopefully if I can get the kids to bed soon I can start playing around with (I started to this morning but thought to myself “I have to document this for a post so better slow down!!!”)

Comp1962 May 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm

@ Damian ~ Once again you write something that motivates me to get things done around here. I have a computer sitting next to the TV thats been sitting there a week now waiting for me to connect it up to be used as an HTPC. I have been playing with the Revo and enjoy it very much I have it sitting on top of a Blu-Ray Player and connected to my 24″ 1080p Monitor in my bedroom via an HDMI connection. Totally Awesome because I actually live in this one room leavng the rest for my pets to occupy. So I guess its time to make that connection and try out the new software.

Alex Kuretz June 6, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Damian, I ran across a SQLite Cache Migration script that claims to preserve the “watched” status. I’ve not tried it out, and I’d be slightly worried about it leaving the DB in an inconsistent state, but may be interesting to try out.

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