P1900 - The battery destroyer
Just thought I would post this. I really wanted to use the P1900 in standby mode but I'm afraid it's just not possible. My car pc (1st gen intel mac mini) is in a car that I drive off and on, maybe 1 week out of 3 weeks I'll daily it. So it can sit for 2 weeks at a time. Shouldn't be TOO big of a deal because of the dead man timer right? Doesn't seem so. The P1900 does something to suckle down all of the life out of the battery even after the deadman timer is hit. Brand new battery, a week or two at the shop, and the battery was completely and hopelessly dead to the point that my battery charger didn't recognize it as a battery. I have checked current consumption. After it goes to sleep it was somewhere like 100-200ma. I forget the exact number but it seemed really normal. Drawing it for 3 days and then deadman shutting down *should* be fine. I know the deadman timers works too because if I left it for a few days the pc would be fully shut down. I know most cars have 20-50ma consumption just for the radio clock. I mentioned this problem to carnetix support and they told me I shouldn't use standby. What? It's a supposed feature. Why bother having it if it doesn't work.
I am back to Hibernate mode which I suspect will work fine.
I'm disappointed. And unhappy. If a laptop with a laptop battery can sit on standby for days and only drain 20-30% of the battery what is the deal? Mac mini + centrafuse + windows + hibernate = weird startup delays and freezes and other problems. It just doesn't "feel" right without the short delays of standby. I feel like I should be able to make this work.