• Status Closed
  • Percent Complete
  • Task Type Bugs
  • Category Music playback
  • Assigned To No-one
  • Operating System
  • Severity Low
  • Priority Very Low
  • Reported Version Release 2.0
  • Due in Version Undecided
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Attached to Project: Rockbox
Opened by Anonymous Submitter - 2003-08-19

FS#1630 - More Short Battery Life Info

My unit has NEVER gotten more than 1.5 hours before it
stops playing (can’t spin up drive). I’ve tried 3 sets of
batteries, all act the same.

Last night I charged it (archos firmware) for 12+ hours.
After around 3 hours I noticed it said “charged” but then
did it’s cycling thing and recharged. Anyway, I left it

Turned it on
7:40 100%
8:40 86%
8:55 76%
8:58 74% (stopped playing - drive can’t spin up - I
can hear it clicking)

Debug menu:
Graph showed a steady drain
Power status:
Battery: 5.09 V
External: .04 V (fluctuating - note: no charger

Battery level: 73%
Est. remaining: 543

I’m now charging it again via Rockbox firmware.
Debug menu shows:
Battery: 5.30 V
External: 5.40 V

I’ve charged the batteries in an external quick charger
too and it doesn’t seem to matter. My guess is that the
batteries are not really discharged, so recharging them
would be a bad thing. Yet, the drive isn’t getting
enough juice to spin up ? Any guesses ??

Closed by  zagor
2003-08-19 20:27
Reason for closing:  Rejected
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Your unit is clearly faulty. Return it for replacement or refund.

We can't make the software work around faulty hardware.

Project Manager
zagor commented on 2003-08-19 14:41

Are you saying you get the normal 8-10 hours run time when
using the archos firmware?

If not, why is this filed as a Rockbox bug?

Anonymous Submitter commented on 2003-08-19 15:18

No, even with the Archos firmware, it only plays about 1+
hours. However, Rockbox is saying I’ve still got 74% battery
life left.

Follow me on this …. if a unit is only usable from 100% to
74% (because there’s not enough juice left to spin up the
drive), then the 74% REALLY means 0% to me. In other
words, shouldn’t the scale represent “usable” battery life ?

Project Manager
zagor commented on 2003-08-19 20:27

Your unit is clearly faulty. Return it for replacement or refund.

We can’t make the software work around faulty hardware.

Anonymous Submitter commented on 2003-08-27 13:16

Done. Returned Archos, bought an iPod.

Hopefully Archos will get their QA act together.


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