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Cube falls to sleep while watching DVD

Message #1 - Posted 2001/08/31 - Felix

My Cube works fine, as long as I do not use DVD playback. After a while (say 20 min.) the Cube falls into sleep and when I wake it up it falls back to sleep immediatly. If I manage to sitch to the finder, it works fine. I can then work in any program, but when switching back to DVD-Player it starts sleeping again.
I never had that before. The only thing I changed was the location of the machine (I mooved). An other wired thing is, that the machine starts up by itself sometimes. This never happened before either.

Anybody got a clue what this is all about? I did not yet try to zap PRAM. Could this help?

Felix

P.S.: Cube 320MB RAM, 15" Studio, MacOS 9.0.4, Keyspan Remote

Message #2 - Posted 2001/08/31 - Jim Carson

Previously, Felix wrote:

My Cube works fine, as long as I do not use DVD playback. After a while (say 20 min.) the Cube falls into sleep and when I wake it up it falls back to sleep immediatly. If I manage to sitch to the finder, it works fine. I can then work in any program, but when switching back to DVD-Player it starts sleeping again.
I never had that before. The only thing I changed was the location of the machine (I mooved). An other wired thing is, that the machine starts up by itself sometimes. This never happened before either.

Anybody got a clue what this is all about? I did not yet try to zap PRAM. Could this help?

Felix

P.S.: Cube 320MB RAM, 15" Studio, MacOS 9.0.4, Keyspan Remote

I do not know about the DVD sleep thing, but the starts-up-by-itself problem was fairly common in the early cubes. I believe that replacing the on-off switch will fix this. It would be nice if your cube was still under warranty.

You might want to check out:

http://www.macintouch.com/cube.html

For reports on cube related problems and how people fixed them. Good luck!

Message #3 - Posted 2001/08/31 - stan

Felix wrote:

My Cube works fine, as long as I do not use DVD playback. After a while (say 20 min.) the Cube falls into sleep and when I wake it up it falls back to sleep immediatly. If I manage to sitch to the finder, it works fine. I can then work in any program, but when switching back to DVD-Player it starts sleeping again.
I never had that before. The only thing I changed was the location of the machine (I mooved). An other wired thing is, that the machine starts up by itself sometimes. This never happened before either.

Anybody got a clue what this is all about? I did not yet try to zap PRAM. Could this help?

Make sure you have installed the latest OS and firmware updates. As I recall, there is a firmware update for the DVD player on the G4 Cube. You can find the stuff at Apple's web site.

Message #4 - Posted 2001/09/02 - Adin Hunter Baber

Previously, Felix wrote:

My Cube works fine, as long as I do not use DVD playback. After a while (say 20 min.) the Cube falls into sleep and when I wake it up it falls back to sleep immediatly. If I manage to sitch to the finder, it works fine. I can then work in any program, but when switching back to DVD-Player it starts sleeping again.
I never had that before. The only thing I changed was the location of the machine (I mooved). An other wired thing is, that the machine starts up by itself sometimes. This never happened before either.

Anybody got a clue what this is all about? I did not yet try to zap PRAM. Could this help?

Felix

P.S.: Cube 320MB RAM, 15" Studio, MacOS 9.0.4, Keyspan Remote

As other people of pointed out, it may be a power switch problem.

But I have to ask: how much time did you set in the Energy Saver control panel? I know that if I have a long download, and leave to do other things, the Energy Saver will put my monitors asleep, even though the rest of the computer is active with the download. Makes sense, as no input from me means I'm not doing anything. Have you tried setting Energy Save to "Never" ?

Adin Hunter Baber
"Death is lighter than a feather, Duty heavier than a mountain" "...nevertheless, they fought on even though their homes were piles of ashes, even though they knew they could not win they still fought on,..."

Message #5 - Posted 2001/09/03 - Felix

Adin Hunter Baber wrote:

As other people of pointed out, it may be a power switch problem.

But I have to ask: how much time did you set in the Energy Saver control panel? I know that if I have a long download, and leave to do other things, the Energy Saver will put my monitors asleep, even though the rest of the computer is active with the download. Makes sense, as no input from me means I'm not doing anything. Have you tried setting Energy Save to "Never" ?

Yes, of course. I checked if there is any controlpanel that tells my computer to go to sleep. As i figured out, there is a problem with my 15" Studio Display. When disattached, the computer does not start by itself. I must now find an ordinary CRT to make clear, wether I can watch DVDs without that sleep-thing...
Did anybody else have probs with the 15"-Studio Display? Thanks for your help...

Felix

Message #6 - Posted 2001/09/06 - *M*

Felix <no.felix.spam@pop.de> wrote in message news:<9mvru1$f9h$1@nntp.hamburg.pop.de>...

Adin Hunter Baber wrote:

As other people of pointed out, it may be a power switch problem.

But I have to ask: how much time did you set in the Energy Saver control panel? I know that if I have a long download, and leave to do other things, the Energy Saver will put my monitors asleep, even though the rest of the computer is active with the download. Makes sense, as no input from me means I'm not doing anything. Have you tried setting Energy Save to "Never" ?

Yes, of course. I checked if there is any controlpanel that tells my computer to go to sleep. As i figured out, there is a problem with my 15" Studio Display. When disattached, the computer does not start by itself. I must now find an ordinary CRT to make clear, wether I can watch DVDs without that sleep-thing...
Did anybody else have probs with the 15"-Studio Display? Thanks for your help...

Felix

Hi!

Unfortunately that's a common Cube-Problem ... There a problem with the on/off-switch, but there is a very simple way to fix it ... I tried it with mine and it worked perfectly ... even if it sounds a bit strange ;o)

Open the cube and remove the cover completely ... Take a little piece of paper, which has about the size of the switch and put it exactly between it and the cover (user a little bit of tape to fix it)... from now on the on/off-sw is less "sensitive", but works just fine ...

Since this little procedure I never had any problems again and the cube works absolutely perfect.

The other solution is to send the Cube to apple ... they will exchange the switch to a less sensitive one -> Same result, but I didn't want to wait this long.

BTW: The paper-idea isn't mine ... I read about it on Apple's discussion forums ...

Marcus

Message #7 - Posted 2001/09/07 - Felix

*M* <behnkeit@hotmail.com> wrote:

BTW: The paper-idea isn't mine ... I read about it on Apple's discussion forums ...

Thanks for the tip. But does that work for the studio display as well? I guess it is the studio display that causes these errors..

Felix

Message #8 - Posted 2001/09/10 - *M*

Felix <felix@spam.kills.information.pop.de> wrote in message news:<9nankh$f14$1@nntp.hamburg.pop.de>...

*M* <behnkeit@hotmail.com> wrote:

BTW: The paper-idea isn't mine ... I read about it on Apple's discussion forums ...

Thanks for the tip. But does that work for the studio display as well? I guess it is the studio display that causes these errors..

Felix

I know what you mean, 'cause I also had this idea ... but "fixing" or "paper-tuning" the cube itself was enough :o). My Studio-Display is untouch ... I have no idea how to open it without scratching that great-lookin' surface ...

I haven't had a single shutdown since I fixed the cube months ago ... And believe me, it happend n-times a day :o(

cu

Marcus

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