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Subject: FM Recorder - backlight fix

FM Recorder - backlight fix

From: Mike Holden <>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 08:51:00 -0000 (GMT)

I have found the problem with the FM backlight not working.

Basically, when the harddrive powers down, then the backlight is disabled,
until the harddrive is powered on again.

I have submitted a bug at
which is part of the problem, in that regardless of what setting you have
for Disk Poweroff, the disk always powers off 2 seconds after it spins
down. THis is due to a bug in settings.c, which checks the wrong value in
a #ifdef (it checks for ATA_POWER_OFF, but the value is set in

If this bug is fixed, then FM will work the backlight correctly if you set
Disk Poweroff to No - it is a quick, one-line fix in settings.c to use the
correct #defined value, which should not require much in the way of
testing, so hopefully will be fixed quickly!

If Disk Poweroff is enabled however, then the fix in that case needs more
discussion. One solution would be to power the disk up and down in the
backlight on and off calls, but I don't know how that kind of solution
would go down with the "keepers of the code"! Another option would be to
remove the Disk Poweroff option from the FM model. I assume this is
primarily a battery saver feature, but given the current runtime we get,
maybe this isn't such a big issue?

What opinions do other users have about this?

Mike Holden
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Received on 2003-02-12

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