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When I found out I was going to be on the radio I decided to take the Asus R2H UMPC with me because Techblogger Dwight Silverman had never played with a UMPC before.  Come on OEMs, the tech columnist for the Houston Chronicle has never played […]

Coffee_manWhen I found out I was going to be on the radio I decided to take the Asus R2H UMPC with me because Techblogger Dwight Silverman had never played with a UMPC before.  Come on OEMs, the tech columnist for the Houston Chronicle has never played with a UMPC before.  What exactly are you doing? 

Back to the coffee break.  When I headed out the other night for the station I put the Asus in its little case and put that in my backpack.  The trip to the studio took about 30 minutes and as soon as we got set up in the booth I pulled the Asus out to hand it to Dwight.

and promptly almost dropped it because the Asus was so hot it literally burned my hands when I tried to pick it up!  It seems that it had decided to resume from standby while nestled in its neoprene case.  It was hotter than any mobile device I have ever held and it took fully 15 minutes for it to cool down.  I chalked it up to an unfortunate incident and forgot about it.

Today I attended several meetings and when the last one was over I put the Fujitsu into sleep mode and put it in the backpack in slate mode, like I do many times a day.  I headed across town and decided to stop in a Starbucks for a Frappuccino since it’s so hot in Houston already.  I get the Frap and sit down to do some work and as soon as I open the laptop pocket zipper I feel this heat emanating from it.  Oh no, it’s happened again with a different device.  No harm was done other than draining my battery for a half hour but I thought this problem would have been eliminated with Vista.  There is no way the OS should allow a sleeping device to be accidentally awakened, it’s the OS’ job to insure the safety of our devices. 

Hurry up and get the ModBook shipping!  Oops, gotta go, battery’s almost dead.  :(

  1. Are you really sure the Tablet actually went into standby/sleep? I’ve seen instances in which commanding a Tablet to go into standby/sleep does not take effect, and the Tablet goes into a state in which it is on but dark.

    I don’t know if this is a bug in Windows itself or a problem created by some driver, but it can cause problems due to overheating or just discharging batteries faster than expected.

    I now try to always confirm by the flashing light sequences that the Tablet is actually in standby/sleep.

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  2. I have had the same issues with my Q1P (Vista). I put it into standby…watch the screen go blank…drive to my next appointment…pull it out of my bag and either it is still on (blank screen, non responsive, but fan running) or it has rebooted and is sitting on the welcome screen…wierd!

    Steve

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  3. Until this week I have only had this happen once in over 3 years. I watch the lights go out every single time I sleep it just so this won’t happen. Vista is letting the machine wake up somehow, maybe some software is wakening it.

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  4. I had that problem with my M4 tablet, and the error was due to one of two things: first, a button on the device which turns it on (the “OneNote Button” was ‘unlocked’ and became pressed when I put it in the bag; second, it never went into standby in the first place because of a windows error. I’ve also seen something about Wake-On-LAN being enabled, but I didn’t ever encounter that problem.

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  5. “There is no way the OS should allow a sleeping device to be accidentally awakened, it’s the OS’ job to insure the safety of our devices.”

    However, sometimes, you *do* want the machine to wake up from sleep without your direct input (for instance, a timed event).

    I would say check your check your Event Viewer logs (system, apps, etc.), and if nothing comes up, look for the Task Scheduler logs, under Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational (or directly in Task Scheduler, your choicE)

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  6. Not on battery power. The OS should NEVER wake up a device on battery power, because the OS can’t seem to put it back to sleep.

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  7. Aaron Walker Friday, June 1, 2007

    I get the same thing happening occassionally on my desktop. Seems like a software patch should be in order where Standby/Sleep MEANS Sleep – period.

    It is a minor curiosity on a desktop (I figure maybe the cat got on the desk and bumped the mouse), but a major issue on a laptop/umpc.

    If not a software patch, then the OEMs should start putting a slider button similar to the one on my PSP for “hold” so that you manually have to move the switch to “wake” it back up.

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  8. Ive put a desktop to sleep in Vista b4 and watched it refuse to sleep by waking back up about 10 – 20 sec later. Very annoying.

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  9. Had exactly the same thing happen with my first Vaio U3. Put it into it’s little neoprene case after showing a presentation (first day of ownership) and got it out out home to find a super heated little demon.

    No harm done though. On an unrelated note, I just got a P1610 (love it) and after listening to the Cav’s Pistons game on my headphones it now refuses to use the speakers again. Plenty of sound through the earbuds ? You ever had this trouble?

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  10. This has happened to me a few times on my P1610 since I installed Vista on it. It never happened to me with any of my XP laptops. Because this is really annoying, not just because of the heat but also because it drains the battery, I have made it a point to “make sure” that the machine does go to sleep indeed (by either watching it on the screen or listening to it until it “sounds like its off”.

    I think this is a Vista issue (another of those we’ll need to wait for a patch), and hope it gets fixed.

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