I just purchased my Vero 4K+. I set up Kodi with my library of music, which is stored on an external HD. I only use Kodi for music – no video at all. When I play music, after several songs have played just fine (and sometimes after just browsing around in my library while a song plays), the next time I select a song or a playlist, the audio will not play. Instead, the OSD for that song appears briefly and then the menu reappears, but no audio. The system remains functional…for a while.
If it is a playlist, each song’s OSD appears briefly, flickering through all the songs on that playlist rapidly, then the menu reappears, but no audio. Once this starts happening, no audio will play again during that session. I have to reboot the device to get normal performance again, which will only last for a while before the same behavior starts up.
If I go into System Info after this starts, the CPU is spiking off and on, but eventually seems to settle down. However, as I wait it out, doing nothing, the memory just keeps getting higher and higher until it hits about 96%, then the unit locks up and I get the frowning face.
I’ve tried several different skins and this happens even with the default, so it doesn’t seem to be skin specific. I’ve also been reading the forums and the only thing I’ve seen that might pertain is the use of an external HD hooked directly to the Vero rather than a powered USB hub. But I wanted to ask before I order a hub. Does a power issue like this really spike CPU and max out the memory and stop the audio from playing like I’ve been experiencing? Or do you think it could be something else causing this?
This is what happens when Kodi loses access to the files. It is very likely the drive is disconnecting. To test you could try playing some music from internal storage or a thumb drive with your existing drive unplugged and see if the problem still exists (I would guess not).