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(Message started by: Black Funk Rex on Today at 01:59)

Title: Issue with MV Discography access?
Post by Black Funk Rex on Today at 01:59
It may be my setup - but is anybody else having difficulty playing MV only content from the discography?

I have been trying to play tracks from the Live at Monyash disc, prompted in part by Steve's write up on the anniversary.  The play button comes up okay, but when the URL comes up, all I get is a blank screen - for example on the first track, the button produces https://www.peteatkin.com/mv/a397.php but doesn't then pull anything through, even if refreshed.  

I am pretty confident that I am logged into MV as required, because if I go to that CD via the PA website only, no play buttons are displayed.

Based on some random testing, all the .htm links seem to operate properly, producing a player screen with song photo, description and lyrics, but the .php links produce a blank (white) screen.

Are there any known clashes with anti-virus etc?  My standard configuration is an in private window, behind VPN and anti-track software.  This may look heavy duty but as Slartibardfast would say "that's just perfectly normal paranoia".

I have tried non private window, with both VPN and anti-track disabled, but this doesn't seem to make any difference.

Any suggestions about what to try next?

Thanks in advance

Title: Re: Issue with MV Discography access?
Post by S J Birkill on Today at 09:16
Hmm, yes, something odd here. The server recently had a PHP update, which may have broken something. Leave it with me.


Title: Re: Issue with MV Discography access?
Post by S J Birkill on Today at 21:47
Yes, the recent server PHP upgrade was to blame. I just needed to modify a couple of lines of code -- sorry it took so long, and thanks to Black Funk Rex for drawing it to my attention and Snoopy for zeroing in on the necessary change of syntax.

So all can now once again enjoy streaming the songs from Julie, the private albums (TPMO and WTML), the Monyash events ('97 and '99), and a few more otherwise hidden items.

Remember, you need to be logged in to MV on the same device and the same Web browser you're using to listen to the tracks. The greenish 'Play' button will then appear against all available-to-members items in the Discography listings.

Also, if you use the 'Next' and 'Previous' chevrons in the player, you can explore beyond the limits of the album listings and find a few more rare gems.

Also restored by this fix are the annual archives of MV when it was a mailing list. Their index page is awaiting a refurb, but the pages can be reached at:


-- seven years of posts, spanning 1997 to 2004 inclusive, 10945 messages in total.


Title: Re: Issue with MV Discography access?
Post by Black Funk Rex on 23.05.23 at 03:29
Hi Steve,

Thanks for such a speedy repair service.  We keep breaking it and you keep mending it.

Glad to report that when I tried it this evening, the MV only content was working fine.

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