Digital Signage, Troubleshooting (Post-Enterprise Upgrade)
This document contains some of the issues that may be faced after upgrading to the Enterprise version of Content Player and Content Manager Desktop.
A Digital Sign is Not Displaying Newly Deployed Content
Problem: Changes have been made in Content Manager and deployed, however they are not appearing on a sign. Opening the configuration window shows an error when pressing Check for Update or Refresh.
Signs with installed Content Player versions 5.12 and below no longer connect to the deployment server due to security changes FourWinds implemented in version 5.13. The service upgraded to 5.15 on June 22, 2021.
Resolution: Upgrade Content Player to 5.15.1.
Content Player does not Launch, Displays a Communications Issue
Problem: After installing Content Player, launching the application leads to a splash screen where Content Player gets stuck at Initializing service communications and does not load.
Cause: The Content Player service is stopped.
Content Player does not Cloud Activate
Problem: After installing Content Player, the player fails to activate the FWi Cloud license and remains in Legacy status
Issue: A bug exists in Content Player 5.11.1 that sends an empty string instead of the hardware address for some hardware configurations
The Deployment Settings do not Appear in Content Player Configuration
When looking at the Channels tab in Content Player Configuration, the 'Retrieve deployment from a server' box is not checked and no information appears under Connection Properties (as documented in https://answers.uillinois.edu/97031
Issue: The settings failed to get populated during player installation or have been removed.
Unfortunately we cannot share the password to be entered by unit support staff. There are two options units can pursue to fix the settings issue:
1. Uninstall Content Player from the sign and then reinstall.
2. Contact us at email@example.com and we will coordinate with you getting the password entered.
After Deploying to a Sign or Sending Commands, the Changes do not Immediately Appear
Problem: After clicking Deploy on a sign(s), the sign is not displaying the new or changed content. Also when sending a player command such as a restart, the player does not immediately receive the command.
Issue: The method used by FourWinds for deploying signs has changed. Rather than directly receiving deployment files directly, signs now look for deployment changes on a set interval.
Illini Alerts are not Appearing on the Digital Sign
Problem: The digital sign did not display the most recent Illini Alert .
There are multiple issues that could cause Illini Alert to fail to display on a digital sign:
1. The emergency channel in Content Manager for Illini Alerts was previously configured using the old file share path, which has since been retired.
2. Each player has to be individually configured to receive emergency messaging.
3. The emergency channel subscription is failing to properly poll for a channel activation.
The following actions should resolve the associated numbers listed under items:
1. Open Content Manager and Deploy the sign
3. Restart the computer