Microsoft told me to remove RadioDJ??

The latest sour grapes from someone who had issues installing RadioDJ just takes the biscuit…

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“Don’t use RadioDJ as automation. It give issues on your local machine with MariaDB/MySQL. Microsoft and others advice me to remove it.”

 

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MariaDB 2 years and counting

Just been looking back on various posts on my Facebook page from around this time 2 years ago…

I realised it was around June 2014 when we were first made aware of MariaDB an alternative to Oracle MySQL

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Since that first install 2 years ago things have ran smoothly. We’ve not had to rebuild the RadioDJ database from scratch once.

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Why does RadioDJ rely on a MYSQL database?

Saw this post on a forum on a post about RadioDJ free radio automation software.

“The biggest fail with RadioDJ to me is the reliance upon a MySQL database”

 
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So Why does RadioDJ rely on a MYSQL database?

RadioDJ requires MySQL to run some backend functions such as Rotations/Playlists/Events and even listener requests.

The fact RadioDJ relies on an SQL database for some of it’s functions is actually one of it’s PLUS points.

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Installing RadioDJ on a new machine

Recently a couple of users of RadioDJ free radio automation software asked how they should go about transferring the RadioDJ settings to a new computer.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

Are there files that I can copy and paste onto the new machine so it will have the same rotation, cue marks, events, and other settings? Please advise.

 

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RadioDJ & MSSQL?

This search term appeared on my stats over the past few days.

“radiodj & mssql”

 

I guess by now the person who made that search will realise that RadioDJ only works with MySQL

Unlike SAM Broadcaster which has 4 different database options. The database in RadioDJ has been kept simple.

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RadioDJ Stable Database

It’s June 2014 since I last decided to rebuild my RadioDJ SQL database from scratch.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

In all the years I’ve been doing Internet Radio this is the longest I’ve gone without having to rebuild a SQL database.

Some of the credit for the stability also needs to go to MariaDB we’ve found it’s a lot more stable and easier to setup than Oracle MySQL.

When I used other automation software I was having to rebuild the database from scratch every other week as it was just so unstable and badly written…

Plus that piece of software didn’t have a backup tool so when the database went wrong you lost all your data which sucked!

The RadioDJ database setup tool takes a daily backup of your MySQL data and is easily restored if the worst should happen.

RadioDJ Database backup tool

TIP: Backup your RadioDJ database to USB pen drive so you don’t lose data should your PC go wrong
“The only issue we’ve had with the database in the last 18 months was after a power cut which caused some of the tables to crash and was easily solved using HeidiSQL to quickly repair them.”

 
Thankfully power cuts don’t happen that often where we live.

Other than that one issue with a power cut the RadioDJ database has been amazingly rock solid & reliable.

IF you haven’t discovered RadioDJ free radio automation software yet what are you waiting for?

RadioDJ is FREE for use by any DJ or radio station anywhere in the world and comes with no nasty hidden fees or catches.

It really is as you see it with no activation’s needed or keys required to unlock the full benefits of the program.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

(Click on the logo above to download RadioDJ or right click and “Save Link As”)

“If you’ve been having database stability issues with other automation software, MAKE THE SWITCH you’ll be amazed at what FREE & stable radio automation software can do for you and your radio station”

 
It’s a pleasure to use radio automation software when it works as it’s designed.

RadioDJ Keeps Breaking…

Just seen a post on the RadioDJ forums from a long time user of the program complaining that the program keeps breaking on him.

“My install(s) of RadioDJ have been breaking. I have had to reinstall and redo all of the install(s) over the past 2 weeks. My track rotations seem to burp and ignore the music and just play VT’s or Sweepers. I am not sure what the heck is going on but it is becoming a pain in the rump. I am wondering if it is my SQL?”

 
He then goes to on to state that he’s never ran RadioDJ as “Administrator”

“Never have had to start it as an admin ever. That is something Marius has never stated here to do.”

 
We think you will find that Marius tells EVERYONE to run RadioDJ with full “Administrator” privileges. Its not a RadioDJ problem its a Windows security rule.

Being a long term user of RadioDJ you’d have thought he would have already known this?

You need to run the program as administrator for it work properly otherwise it’s going to cause you “issues” somewhere along the line.

It’s simple enough to mark the RadioDJ.exe with administrator privileges.

Run RadioDJ as administrator

TIP: Right Click on the RadioDJ.exe file go to Properties>Shortcut>Advanced>Tick the box that says “Run as Administrator”>Apply>OK & close

 
That way RadioDJ will always run as administrator when you start the program.

The original problem may indeed lie with the fact this user wasn’t running the program as advised.

PEBKAC (Problem Exists between keyboard and chair)

We’ve always ran RadioDJ as advised and we rarely have any of the “issues” this user has described. I also suspect that the version of MySQL this user is using maybe the root cause of some of their problems as well.

It might be time to upgrade your SQL server to MariaDB?

We’ve had MariaDB installed for over a year now and it’s rare for us to have a problem with our database server.

If you’re not willing to take simple advice like this onboard then you really must have a small amount of knowledge about computers full stop.

“If you don’t have the option to run a program in administrator mode then you may need to ask an IT specialist or even your parents for advice.

 
Running RadioDJ as administrator isn’t exactly rocket science now is it?

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