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Subject: RE: "Flipping" through playlist songs takes a while

RE: "Flipping" through playlist songs takes a while

From: Andreas Stemmer <>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 18:40:38 +0200

BlueChip wrote:
> Perhaps I am wrong, but logic dictates that the
> spin-down-timer controls
> the length of time between the last disk-access or
> keyboard-access and when
> the disk spins down? Perhaps it means something else?

Yes, it means something else. It's the time between the last user action
which required disk activity and the disk spin down. It does not apply for
disk accesses which happened automatically without user action (for example
to fill up the buffer).

> So, if I set the spindown-timer to, say, 30 seconds to allow for
> pain-free browsing; then every time the unit automatically spins up
> to refill the playback buffer it will hold the drive active for 30
> seconds and drain untold power from my batteries on a regualr basis,
> rather than just the occasional browse every few hours.

Try it, then post again!

Andreas Stemmer
Received on 2003-08-06

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