I have an Apple Macbook laptop, and I am unaware of any way to get it’s USB port power to stay on when the computer sleeps.
Until the Clip firmware addresses this issue, I have thought up another workaround that dose not involve buying another wall wart/charger.
I will try using an old (wall wart) powered USB 1 hub, I already have and am not using, (not plugged into the computer) and see if that will do the trick.
In theory, I could charge four Clips at once:
(to cheap and lazy to buy another dedicated charger)
The Clip firmware should be modified so that:
When USB power is turned off or disconnected, and no buttons on the Clip have been pressed for 5 min., the Clip should power itself down, regardless of what condition it was in before or during being plugged in. Any button press during the 5 min. Countdown will cancel the power shut down timer and the Clip will resume normal operation.
If the Clip looses USB power (computer sleeps) after connecting to computer/transferring files, the Clip should “sleep” or it should refresh it’s data base before 5 min. power down(don’t know if this would cause problem with Mac or PC operating system when computer wakes back up. For example: on a Mac you are supposed to “eject” the Clip before physically disconnecting it from the USB port, also if you have deleted files from the Clip, you must empty the “Trash” before “Ejecting” and/or physically disconnecting the Clip in order to free up the space on the Clip ). I am also unaware if there is a difference between an unplugged clip verses a clip that is plugged into a sleeping computer.
Message Edited by wavysclip on 02-14-2009 01:18 PM