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Subject: Battery usage indications?
From: Bradley Alexander (storm_at_tux.org)
Date: 2002-10-16


Hi all,

Still trying to track down some problems with 1.4 on a JB6000...I love
the new features of 1.4, which is why I haven't gone back to 1.3...The
crew outdid itself. However...

Was there a change in actual battery life or how the firmware conserves
the batteries? I can't quite verbalize what I'm trying to say, but it
seems that the JB goes through its batteries faster. For instance, I
used the JB two evenings ago on the drive home. In the rush, I forgot to
take it out of the car and bring it inside to plug it in, but it was
(estimating from my experiences with 1.3) at about 95% battery.

The next morning, I jumped in the car to drive to work and fired up the
RockBox. It came up to the internal firmware, the drive started to spin
up and it stopped there. The drive was clicking, and it shut off. I
thought that since the unit was powered off, and I had only used it for
about an hour and a half, that the batteries were fine, so the drive was
failing. Got it home that night and plugged it in, and it came up
normally.

I was getting over 8 hours of battery life out of the unit, with 1.3. I
used it for < 2 hours on 1.4, and left it in the car, and overnight the
battery drained. Is this a battery issue or perhaps something wiht 1.4?

Thanks,

-- 
--Brad
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