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Old 01-08-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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My 650 is dying--What are my options?

My 650 has recently developed a bug where it won't shut down properly, keeps trying to shut down when I didn't ask it to (and then doesn't shut down properly!) and drains a full battery charge in a day even when 'off' or in sleep mode.

The problem is common and has been asked about quite a lot on these forums. There is no solution. It's 14 months old, so out of warranty. I have an expensive dud. Shame, because I loved it. Oh, well. I've learned my lesson. Don't spend more for quality *cough*

So my question is, what do I do? Can I trade it in at the Sony store for a rebate on a T1?
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No harm trying - and the F1's a great piece of kit.

Although you may find the odd 650 in Amaz/ebay world - make sure you know what you're getting though, some sellers are ....creative... with their descriptions....
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Thanks for the reply.

Some good news. I removed the SD card and turned off a few PRS+ options and the battery has stopped draining. So at least it's usable, even though the on/off is busted. I may just be able to use sleep mode forever and never turn it off. Auto sleep mode upsets it, but doing it manually appears to work. I'll have to see.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:40 AM   #4
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No harm trying - and the F1's a great piece of kit.

Although you may find the odd 650 in Amaz/ebay world - make sure you know what you're getting though, some sellers are ....creative... with their descriptions....
You mean T1, not F1 I take it.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:50 PM   #5
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I don't turn mine off, except to reboot for PRS+ updates.

But if you want to give up on it, I will pay shipping to my house.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:58 PM   #6
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This thread makes me sad... My 650 is about 13 months old, I don't want it to fail me!

But yeah, I never turn mine off. Sleep mode forever should not hurt it.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:19 PM   #7
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It seems to be stabilizing. I wonder if there was a fault with the SD card. Other people have had this problem, and for many it has gone away with a soft / hard / factory reset. I have found the 650 a bit flaky sometimes. I've put it down to bad epubs, though quite why a book, once deleted, should continue to upset the reader is beyond me. The OS should reset and clean itself out on reboot. I think problems generally occur because of font setting in epubs.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:36 AM   #8
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FYI the problem seems to be permanent. The reader works fine, but trying to put it into sleep mode generally makes it ask if it wants to shut down. When I shut it down, it appears to shut down but doesn't. It comes on by itself and battery power has been used.

So basically it seems to be a problem with shut-down and sleep-mode. I do appear to have stopped the battery drain. The key element here was removing the SD-card. Saying that, I'm not sure that has solved the battery issue, but it currently seems stable.

So in summary, the reader is usable, but is left on. I saw someone on these boards with exactly the same problem, and it may go back to the 505's. If I find the link I'll post it.

Pretty poor IMO. I spent $400 on this device after the case and taxes. Now I will have to pay to get it repaired after 14 months of use. This has certainly changed my attitude towards Sony and e-readers in general. Bottom line: Go cheap because $$$ doesn't get you reliability. Also, I will not be buying another case that fits only one reader. In future, if my reader breaks, at least I'll be able to re-use the case.
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I personally wouldn't ever buy a special case for any reader. The reader costs, say 130,- the case 50,-? The price-reality seems a bit distorted in my taste...
And for the next reader you have to buy annother case.

External card:
I would not use an external memory card in any case. Additional hardware - additional power consumtion. Even with a 100% working ereader.

Your problem with the reader:
Have you tried a complete factory reset?
Annother thing I would try is to make a comlete reflash of the firmware to sort out software-possibilities.
If after removing memory card, factory reset and reflashing firmware the problem persits, you could be sure it's hardware related. That would be bad luck.

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Rizla... have you actually tried contacting Sony about his problem... they do actually respond to out-of-warranty problems sometimes... and even replace things if you can convince them it's a "known" problem since manufacture... worth a try...
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:19 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies. I have spoken to sony. I will have to pay to get it repaired. I don't know how much.

Basically I suspect there's is a problem with the power switch. I may have to open it up.
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My 350 was shutting down on me and I used canned air on the switch/screen. Seems ok now.
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You mean T1, not F1 I take it.
Duh.......
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My 350 was shutting down on me and I used canned air on the switch/screen. Seems ok now.
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My 650 has recently developed a bug where it won't shut down properly, keeps trying to shut down when I didn't ask it to (and then doesn't shut down properly!) and drains a full battery charge in a day even when 'off' or in sleep mode.
I had the same problem with my prs-650. I think it started after I added a SD card to my reader.

My device would turn on or off while sitting on my nightstand, device buttons did not work properly, battery would drain overnight. I removed the SD card, did MULTIPLE soft resets, MULTIPLE hard resets and MULTIPLE reformats.

My prs-650 came back to life!
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