- CrackBerry Newbie
- 6 Posts
Standby & Backlight TIME-OUT "none" option?
Ever since the last upgrade, my Playbook is going into standby mode while watching videos, listening to podcasts and audio books after 5 minutes. I don't remember this happening before the last upgrade. Either way, it is annoying to have to keep doing the bezel swipe every 5minutes to restart my Tosh.0 or Conan stream on thecomedynetwork.com time well waisted.
most screen savers or power management settings have an option to choose "none" under the time-out scroll down menu. we have 10sec to 5min on the backlight and 30sec to 5min on the standby. Is there a fix for this or something I have completely missed here?
- 06-20-11, 02:24 AM #2
We're waiting for a fix for this, but in the interim, there are a few ways to get around it by searching some of the posts on this forum. One of them includes downloading the white noise app from app world and just opening the app without playing anything then leaving it running in the background, then run your podcast or other stream on your browser and it should not timeout. The white noise app is a free download.
There are a few other suggestions such as downloading the offline browser I think.
Sorry, the app mentioned above is called SilentNoise, not white noise.
Last edited by jaspergrizzly; 06-20-11 at 02:57 AM.
- CrackBerry Newbie
12-18-12, 06:13 PM #3
- 2 Posts
Won't seem to work (back light timeout issue)
Hello, I have heard about this solution on a few threads. I downloaded both 'white noise', and 'silent noise'. They both seem to run all the time, however when minimizing them (run in the background) and opening a web browser, the back light times out, even though i can still hear the white noise.
- 12-18-12, 06:28 PM #4
I've not had this issue on our PBs at home. I'll try the ones at work and see if any of them are experiencing this issue. Just out of curiosity are you in showcase mode?If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.
- 12-18-12, 06:46 PM #5
There is no good solution for this yet.
The White Noise app (which is mine) works -- as any well-designed app should be able to -- by properly managing the power state so that it can keep running even when in the background. It works the same whether it's full-screen or not, and whether the system is in Paused, Default, or Showcase mode, and whether its in standby or not. Basically it does what it's supposed to do, no matter what.
The Silent Noise app probably uses the Keep Awake feature. My other app Battery Guru implements the same feature, not for its own functionality (because it works properly under all conditions the same as White Noise does), but as a convenience for people who may want that.
The problem with Keep Awake -- and I stress that it's an OS problem which no app can overcome, regardless of what it says it will do -- is that it works only when some portion of the app's window is visible and the app is considered "active" by the system. That latter bit is a bit complicated. In Paused mode, the only active app is the one that's fullscreen (if there is one). In Default mode, the currently fullscreen app is active or, if none is fullscreen, then the most-recently fullscreen one is still active provided it hasn't been closed. In Showcase mode, all running apps are active.
If you read that carefully and think about it, you'll realize that the keep awake feature can never help you keep the system awake when some other, "dumb" app is fullscreen. The closest you can get is to run a Keep Awake app (like Silent Noise, or Battery Guru with the keep awake mode enabled), while using Showcase mode and with it either fullscreen or minimized (thumbnailed) but still visible onscreen, even if it's just one small slice of its window at the side. Only when you do that will you be able to keep the system awake, but of course the other app that you're really interested in will have to be thumbnailed too. (If you're doing this just to keep audio running in that other app, then this is an adequate workaround I guess.)
Long term, RIM has apparently said they will have a change to the relevant behavior (in BB10? probably, but maybe not at launch) and you may not have to resort to such tricks any more.
The rationale behind this is apparently related to screen burn-in, by the way. Contrary to some claims, LCD screens can have a form of burn-in, and it seems RIM wanted to protect against people damaging their devices this way. They really wanted developers to write their apps properly, so that like White Noise they function the way people want them to without tricks or special settings. I guess too many devs failed to do that, and/or the user demand is just too strong for them to stick with that position, so they're going to give in in some fashion. No official details yet on how that will work, or when we'll see it.
- CrackBerry Newbie
12-20-12, 01:02 AM #6
- 2 Posts
Wow, thats pretty bad news.
Currently i have the settings, on showcase.
What i am intending to do is use my playbook as a display for business. The silent noise app does stay awake and does not dim, but when i minimize it and open a browser in fullscreen...backlight tomeout.
I also found an app which claims to override the backlight (backlight override). I tested it and it seems very limited to the amount of websites that will work.
Is there a browser on the playbook which offers the ability to never sleep, such as 'silent noise'?
- CrackBerry User
04-12-13, 01:17 PM #7
- 30 Posts
@peter9477 Will Battery Guru--or any other app for that matter--allow me to run another app full screen while overriding the PlayBook's tendency to dim the backlight or go into sleep mode within a set delay?
Example of what I want to do: use PlayBook as a GPS device in a car running in full screen and not have to stroke the screen every five minutes to "wake it up," which is very annoying.
Thanks for your help.
- 04-17-13, 08:20 PM #9
That's correct. Unfortunately on both the PlayBook and BB10, if you want a given app to be fullscreen AND you want the screen never to go off, the only way this can be done is if that app itself provides the keep-awake feature (or, rather, supports telling the OS to keep the screen awake). The API for this works only as long as the app asking for keep-awake is fullscreen (in the case of BB10) or has some portion of itself visible (even if thumbnailed, the case of the PlayBook).
It's a long-standing beef of many people, and so far there's no sign of BB actually changing this situation. The only explanation I've ever heard was basically "screen burn-in concerns".
- CrackBerry User
04-18-13, 02:32 AM #13
- 70 Posts
Thank you all for the advice. Read about 'Silent Noise' and thought, Cracked it. Tried it. No, it doesn't work in the background, even in 'showcase'. Bummer! Nor does 'Simple Browser'. Back to the drawing board. No facility to use satnav programme. Swiping whilst driving is not safe. Bummer again.
Regards to all.
- 04-19-13, 08:13 AM #14
- 04-19-13, 08:15 AM #15
- 04-20-13, 08:06 AM #17
I agree choice would be nice though. I'd also like some choice about having a fake shutter sound with my camera, same as how I do have a choice about whether to risk damaging my eardrums by turning on audio boost when I'm using earphones.