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squirreltown
Level 9

5.4 stops development.

I really really hate that the Roku doesn't give you an option to not upgrade the firmware right now.

You know - maybe you're a dev working on something and many many many years of dealing with digital boxes has taught you never to upgrade software in the middle of important projects because software is written by humans who occasionally make mistakes and that will screw you with no recourse?

My 2XS upgraded itself to 5.4 last night and this morning I have had to reboot the box 7 times in the last hour, as in unplug it because side-loading a project hangs the box completely - no response to the remote. Not every single time mind you, just about 70% of the time, with a project that has been side-loaded a thousand times.

Using the manual upload with a browser the process seems to hang in various places - when you first click "replace', then "waiting for 192.xx.xx.xx...." then "timeout' unknown results" at this point the Roku hangs with what ever is on the screen - Or it gets a little farther and the screen goes black like it is loading and then hangs there. Either way, un-pluging it is the only way out.

No matter what happens, the side-load is getting into the box and is there on re-boot though, so there is that - but this pretty much kills my ability to do anything.
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squirreltown
Level 9

Re: 5.4 stops development.

More obsevations:

Always happens (above post) if roScreen is in motion when pkg is sideloaded ie; animated screensaver type screen OR if in the debugger (after a BS crash), less so otherwise.

Function which is almost completely stock SDK scroll example no longer works, region shows black and flickers wierdly when drawing. Lucky for me I'm replacing it today.

When loading a channel from Roku home screen, there is a weird tearing effect at the top 10% of the screen.
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GPF
Level 7

Re: 5.4 stops development.

"squirreltown" wrote:
I really really hate that the Roku doesn't give you an option to not upgrade the firmware right now.

You know - maybe you're a dev working on something and many many many years of dealing with digital boxes has taught you never to upgrade software in the middle of important projects because software is written by humans who occasionally make mistakes and that will screw you with no recourse?

My 2XS upgraded itself to 5.4 last night and this morning I have had to reboot the box 7 times in the last hour, as in unplug it because side-loading a project hangs the box completely - no response to the remote. Not every single time mind you, just about 70% of the time, with a project that has been side-loaded a thousand times.

Using the manual upload with a browser the process seems to hang in various places - when you first click "replace', then "waiting for 192.xx.xx.xx...." then "timeout' unknown results" at this point the Roku hangs with what ever is on the screen - Or it gets a little farther and the screen goes black like it is loading and then hangs there. Either way, un-pluging it is the only way out.

No matter what happens, the side-load is getting into the box and is there on re-boot though, so there is that - but this pretty much kills my ability to do anything.


This is happening to me also for the last couple days and didn't realize there was a update.
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Roku Employee
Roku Employee

Re: 5.4 stops development.

You should have a device that isn't on the list to get pre-release beta's for your development, in addition to the ones that are. My suggestion for the issue you are experiencing is that you disable, then re-enable developer mode on the device, and then reboot it, you might want to reboot your network router as well, check batteries in the remote too.

- Joel
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squirreltown
Level 9

Re: 5.4 stops development.

"RokuJoel" wrote:
You should have a device that isn't on the list to get pre-release beta's for your development, in addition to the ones that are. My suggestion for the issue you are experiencing is that you disable, then re-enable developer mode on the device, and then reboot it, you might want to reboot your network router as well, check batteries in the remote too.

- Joel


Joel,

I will try disabling/enabling dev mode.
I'm not on any beta list I'm aware of, why would I receive one? Is that what you are saying, 5.4 3358 is a beta?
Remote batteries, router - really??, please.
Perhaps you could address whether forced updates is the best way to do it, perhaps it would be better for enabling dev mode to switch them off and make it optional.

thanks
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squirreltown
Level 9

Re: 5.4 stops development.

disabling/enabling dev mode did not fix the problem.
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Roku Employee
Roku Employee

Re: 5.4 stops development.

5.4 3358 is a beta?


Yes. Somewhere along the way, when submitting a channel perhaps, you indicated you were interested in having access to beta firmware, and we added that ESN to the list of devices that get beta. So if you don't want that device to get beta firmware, email me the ESN and I'll see if I can get QA to remove it from the beta list.

- Joel
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gonzotek
Level 7

Re: 5.4 stops development.

"RokuJoel" wrote:
5.4 3358 is a beta?


Yes. Somewhere along the way, when submitting a channel perhaps, you indicated you were interested in having access to beta firmware, and we added that ESN to the list of devices that get beta. So if you don't want that device to get beta firmware, email me the ESN and I'll see if I can get QA to remove it from the beta list.

- Joel
5.4 3358 is not beta:
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firedup
Level 7

Re: 5.4 stops development.

"RokuJoel" wrote:
Yes. Somewhere along the way, when submitting a channel perhaps, you indicated you were interested in having access to beta firmware, and we added that ESN to the list of devices that get beta. So if you don't want that device to get beta firmware, email me the ESN and I'll see if I can get QA to remove it from the beta list.

- Joel

I think you are mistaken, Joel. I am a very casual Roku USER and I got 3358 this week. I believe it is a production update.
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squirreltown
Level 9

Re: 5.4 stops development.

"RokuJoel" wrote:
5.4 3358 is a beta?


Yes. Somewhere along the way, when submitting a channel perhaps, you indicated you were interested in having access to beta firmware, and we added that ESN to the list of devices that get beta. So if you don't want that device to get beta firmware, email me the ESN and I'll see if I can get QA to remove it from the beta list.

- Joel


Sorry, you're wrong. I never did that, and I'm not so clueless I would have done it without noticing either. I don't do betas, gave them up long before the Roku even existed.
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