• Nokia BGW320-505 gateway (AT&T)
• Netgear switch (GS305) to NUC and bridge
• Ethernet to NUC (music files and database BU folder on WD Passport HDD connected to NUC)
• Ethernet to Roon Bridge on Raspberry Pi
• Windows 10 on i7 laptop
• Kindle Fire HD10 (modified with APK files for Play Store) with Roon app
• Samsung Galaxy S20 with Roon app
• ~45K tracks (stored on 2T external HDD connected via usb to NUC)
• ~14K tracks in Qobuz library
Description of Issue
ROCK will not update to 1193. Hangs for 30 minutes or so displaying empty download bar then displays message: “There was an error checking for an update.” (Remote on my laptop updated without issue.)
This also occurred on the 1182 update. At that time I followed guidance helpfully offered by @Geoff_Coupe to use the Web Administration page to reinstall RoonOS. This worked but I have since been informed that reinstalling the OS can create other problems. I don’t know if this is a concern, but I would rather resolve whatever issue is preventing the sucessful download of Roon updates in the usual manner.
I outlined this issue on the recent Roon Downloads Page discussion (Roon Downloads Page) where @danny suggested that there may be an issue with my DNS setup.
Unfortunately, diagnosing let alone correcting my DNS setup (or any other networking issue) is at the outer fringe of my troglodyte competencies without assistance. (I’m not even 100% certain in know what DNS is beyond knowing what the letters stand for…)
I should note that other than being stuck on the last build, Roon is operating flawlessly but before I try another OS reinstall I’d deeply appreciate some guidance (especially from @support) on how to correct this update issue. TIA
Thanks for the response, Geoff. Here’s what a fellow user said to me in a Roon group: “You can try reinstalling Core again, but there are risks of backups and drive mapping erroring when you do this.”
As I said, it worked like a charm when the last update failed (thanks!), but I am hesitant to try it again unless folks are pretty sure I won’t accidentally make matters worse. Are you pretty confident that I need not worry about reinstalling the OS from the web UI?
I interpret “reinstalling the Core” as being different from “reinstalling Roon OS”.
If the Core is reinstalled from scratch (using a USB stick with the ROCK installer), then indeed you should have a valid backup to hand, and if you have moved your storage media to a new computer, there may well be a requirement to edit the storage settings.
However, “reinstalling Roon OS” does NOT affect your existing database or settings on your ROCK/NUC system.
I notice from the screenshot in your reply here, that you seem to have a static address set up for your Roon Core. Why did you do this? Unless you are familiar with networking, you should always choose the DHCP setting to let your router assign an IP address to your Core.
If I recall properly, I set it to static as part of a series of attempts to get the core to pass the ARC test (per “Manual Configuration” instructions here https://help.roonlabs.com/portal/en/kb/articles/arc-port-forwarding#Manual_Configuration). As I said, I am way out at the shaky end of my competence with networking stuff and do not recall what steps I took (if any) to configure the router/gateway provided by my ISP (ATT Nokia BGW320-505). Sorry for my poor understanding of networking; it is outside my laughably outdated technical experience.
(btw, I have zero use for Arc in my user case…)
I appreciate your taking time to help with this.
Should I try to resolve the underlying update issue or do you think reinstalling the OS from Web Admin is solution enough for the time being?
Will do. I guess I’ll have to wait for the next update to see if that corrects the issue since @Geoff_Coupe’s suggestion did work to update the core to 1193. Thanks for your help @danny, I’ll let you know what happens.
Yes. But it always saw the update, just hung on “Downloading” for up to 20 or 30 minutes before reverting to “There was an error checking for an update”
Didn’t matter if I set the update preference to “Automatically Install” or “Always ask before downloading” If I left it on “Automatic” it would stay on the error message for a couple of hours then the download bar would reappear then hang there empty until eventually returning to the error message. If on “Always ask” eventually the blue notification for a new update would pop up and if I chose update all, the same cycle would recur, 20 minutes or so of an empty non-advancing download bar followed by “There was an error…”
So it seems I won’t know if the “126.96.36.199” DNS corrects this issue until the next update is released and see if it carries through with the download. I sure hope so. I’ll let the Roon team know how it goes…
Thanks again for taking time with this. I really appreciate the care.
Oh boy! Just read a tutorial on netmasks. I had to sit down to let my head stop spinning. Way WAY beyond my ken! The mask assigned under DHCP was 255.255.0.0 but when I tried entering that in the static IP tab, it just dropped the second zero.
I truly cannot get a solid grasp the consequences of any of this, even if I can sorta conceptually grasp what a mask is and a little of how the number sequences work (kinda sorta maybe a little…)