Hi. New to the community, but been using Volumio on Raspberry Pi 4 4GB for about a year, now.
And although I’m a fan of the software, I’ve already lost countless hours over this, which frankly no one will give back to me. And I do appreciate all the work and time put into what is essentially an open source piece of software. But my frustration has gone beyond the point of no return. I’m sorry guys, but it is unacceptable for a piece of software that has such wide adoption to have such bad integration.
My problem is simple: after updating to version 3.569 from the previous stable version (can’t remember the exact one, but it was the latest at that point), my installation broke completely. And it’s not first time. Once, my install was completely broken after not using it for a month and basically me not touching it at all or doing updates.
Before you ask, NO, the SD card is not corrupted. I’m running a multiboot system and the rest of my software runs fine. I use PINN and run Volumio in parallel with Raspberry Pi OS, RetroPie and LibreElec. This is essentially a media hub.
Now, the only way that I can reinstall Volumio without completely reinstalling everything from scratch is by reinstalling just Volumio, through the PINN safe mode. However, the latest version integrated into PINN is 3.198, which is frankly a pretty sad version in terms of UX and UI.
When I try to update through OTA from 3.198, it goes directly to ver. 3.569. And it breaks again. I’ve tried this multiple times.
And before you ask, I have no access to SSH, the system quite simply does not seem to boot anymore, it no longer gets an IP (I’ve checked this in my router admin multiple times) and there is no output on the screen (through HDMI) when booting. Not even one word. Zero, zip, zilch, nada. And of course, it’s not like I can access any kind of logs, since the screen is completely blank.
At this point, there seems to be no other option but run 3.198 and await a new update, which hopefully will fix this. However, after combing the community forum, I don’t see anyone with the same issue, which I find quite weird. I can’t be the only one running such a config, right? And if I am, how can i expect a fix?
I should mention that I’ve run this config for years without any issues in updating other software. And I’ve gone through at least two updates of Volumio last year from the original one integrated in PINN, and there were no issues. Apart from finding one day that my install didn’t work one day after I hadn’t touched it at all for about a month (as previously stated). But that time I managed to reinstall to the initial version and do a couple of updates to the latest version through OTA, without any issues. So please don’t tell me that Volumio doesn’t work with boot managers, because it’s worked fine up until now. Also, I’ve never had the test option on, so there have been no updates to beta versions.
So, I ask you, is this ok? Should I continue to use your software, or should I just frustratingly never go back to it, because “simple” things seem to update from just a seemingly harmless update?
Please understand my frustration and lack of any reference here (since everything jut breaks and I have no way of checking why and how) and please offer some assistance.