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Old 03-25-2010, 08:18 PM   #1
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UGH--Battery problems-March firmware: ME too!!!

Have to admit...I thought I was one of the lucky ones with the March firmware. But, Alas,,,, I charged my PP (it was just below 2 bars) overnite for 12 hours.. all seemed well. Four full bars. read a bit and then put it on keyboard lock.

Next morning.... I get a low power message on the screen. good to know that it has this function.... but. Sure that I charged it properly. anyways... maybe I am a victim of the quirky new firm ware.. so thinking of rolling back...... to December....


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Old 03-25-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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I'm having the same battery problems but to be perfectly honest I really love the new coolreader software so I'm sticking with it. I've converted all my epubs to fb2 format, there's just so many more formatting functions available I honestly can't see myself going back. I can put up with having to charge my PP every day or two to be able continue with the improvements.
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I'm having the same battery problems but to be perfectly honest I really love the new coolreader software so I'm sticking with it. I've converted all my epubs to fb2 format, there's just so many more formatting functions available I honestly can't see myself going back. I can put up with having to charge my PP every day or two to be able continue with the improvements.
I may do the same.


However. My PP was fine for three weeks. Only after charging did it have a brain cramp. maybe it will be better later today.
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And you are right.. cool reader 3.0 is too good to give up.........
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:03 PM   #5
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And you are right.. cool reader 3.0 is too good to give up.........
And I believe this is the key. If you leave coolreader before locking the device I believe you won't have any battery problems. At least I don't. I think coolreader is not integrated well with the power saving on the unit in this release. Probably will be fixed in the future but the work around is pretty easy.

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ALWAYS LEAVE coolreader before turning off the device if I ever do.
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And I believe this is the key. If you leave coolreader before locking the device I believe you won't have any battery problems. At least I don't. I think coolreader is not integrated well with the power saving on the unit in this release. Probably will be fixed in the future but the work around is pretty easy.

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I have to agree. I didn't even lock the device, just left it on the table with a page in a book (being read by Coolreader) open - and it flattened itself in a very short time. It went flat so fast that I'd almost think it is worse than just preventing the power saving kicking in. It's almost like Coolreader sat in a loop consuming extra power.
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mine was not in Coolreader when it lost power. I accidentally turned it off instead of releasing the key lock.... this is after 12 hours of charging... then I turned it on and it had a conniption.... battery low... meter read was flat...etc.... ugh... now she his charging.. after one hour..tested and seemed at full power...but I am juicing her more just in case. .
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mine was not in Coolreader when it lost power. I accidentally turned it off instead of releasing the key lock.... this is after 12 hours of charging... then I turned it on and it had a conniption.... battery low... meter read was flat...etc.... ugh... now she his charging.. after one hour..tested and seemed at full power...but I am juicing her more just in case. .
That would seem to indicate the whole battery charging/meter/battery low warning system is in an even worse state than we imagined.
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That would seem to indicate the whole battery charging/meter/battery low warning system is in an even worse state than we imagined.
I agree. Whatever happened, may be tied to something with the Mar 2010 FW that put the battery monitor in a confused state on a cold boot.

Do these units recover if older FW is loaded?

I feel lucky, that I rolled back before battery problems happened.
I have been buying e-books from Baen these last few months and would have nothing new to read if I had to take my PEz in for repairs
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I agree. Whatever happened, may be tied to something with the Mar 2010 FW that put the battery monitor in a confused state on a cold boot.

Do these units recover if older FW is loaded?

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Mine is back to normal now I reloaded the older firmware.
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Mine is back to normal now I reloaded the older firmware.

No Permanent damage then.
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Mine works fine with the March firmware except the battery meter isn't even close to being correct. It just shows a full charge until BAM! it's at zero. I'm too lazy to reflash the firmware so will just deal with it until the new firmware comes out. Given that I still get more than a week per charge, I'm thrilled. I have to charge my DR1000 every couple of days.
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No Permanent damage then.
The factory is sending a revised firmware upgrade next week. Astak will test this one really hard before we post. The PM has authorized me to find two people who want to serve as Beta Testers.

Duckey, if you want a try at this send me a PM with your qualifications. I KNOW you are an expert but he does not know you like I do. Send a short synopsis, just like I do not know you, so I can get him to approve you.
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Mine works fine with the March firmware except the battery meter isn't even close to being correct. It just shows a full charge until BAM! it's at zero. I'm too lazy to reflash the firmware so will just deal with it until the new firmware comes out. Given that I still get more than a week per charge, I'm thrilled. I have to charge my DR1000 every couple of days.
Could be the meter, but also could be that it runs normally for a while then suddenly gets in a mode that flattens the battery in a very short space of time.
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