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## General => MusicBee Wishlist => Topic started by: silvandy on May 14, 2016, 09:41:19 AM

Title: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: silvandy on May 14, 2016, 09:41:19 AM
I have an HP detachable notebook with windows 10. Energy saving settings make the screen turn off after 5 minutes of inactivity when you're running on batteries. Unfortunately, if musicbee is playing at that time, it stops together with the screen, and resumes only when the user revives the screen with some activity.

While of course you could fully disable the energy saving feature to avoid the problem, this is actually counterproductive: if you want to play music for a long time when running on batteries, what you need is exactly to turn off the screen and use energy only for playback!

I could not find an option to avoid this problem in musicbee settings; nor did I find any hint to help looking in the forums or anywhere else on the web.

Notice that win10 own music app, the so called "Music groove", does NOT have this problem: in the same situation described above music will go on playing without interruptions.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: Steven on May 14, 2016, 09:45:08 AM
I am not sure why you think this is a bug. I will move this to the wishlist. However i dont think it can be supported for windows desktop applications ("Groove" is a universal windows application which is something new)
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: silvandy on May 14, 2016, 11:16:52 AM
Thank you for the swift reaction!!
In windows 7 this problem does not occur, so I was rather disappointed to have it in windows 10. It is actually microsoft's "fault", since windows changed and musicbee did not (I am trying the same version on the two operating systems).
I did not really ponder what was the most appropriate list; maybe you're right in considering it a wish and not a bug; still, this is a real pain in the ass, and actually makes musicbee (or any other player, since I suppose it is not the only one displaying such behaviour) scarcely usable whenever you're using your pc just to play music, so that the screen is expected to turn off soon and stay that way for most of the time.
And I must say that your skepticism about a chance to solve this really scares me, since in the future of course all PCs will tend to have win10!
You are really saying that there is nothing to be done?
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: Steven on May 14, 2016, 11:59:55 AM
keep an eye on this topic. Probably in a couple of weeks i will try something but will need you to test it out
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: hiccup on May 14, 2016, 12:53:28 PM
This doesn't happen with my desktop and laptop computers.
It is probably some specific setting, possibly HP specific.

You might try selecting a less aggressive power plan and see if that solves it.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: silvandy on May 14, 2016, 06:18:03 PM
I would have suspected something like that if there was an hp utility to manage energy settings, but it actually is the standard "PC settings" win10 interface that affects this.
In the pc settings screen, "system" group, power options tab (see for example http://img.wonderhowto.com/img/original/00/31/63575955478586/0/635759554785860031.jpg), the first item at the top rules on this: "SCREEN - on battery power turn off after XXX minutes".
If I change this value, when inactive the screen turn off after the specified time... and musicbee will mute accordingly. As soon as I move the mouse and the screen is back on, musicbee will resume playback.
Some news: I fiddled with this settings a little bit, discovering that the behaviour does NOT depend on electricity coming from batteries or the power line: I experienced it with battery power since the screen timeout was shorter, but it happens when plugged as well if the "plugged in" screen timeout is reached.

In this situation, I do not really know what kind of "less aggressive" power settings I could use, else than setting screen timeout to very long times both when on batteries as well as when plugged in. If you have any specifc hint on this please let me know!
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: hiccup on May 14, 2016, 06:35:35 PM
If you do a Windows search for 'power plan' that should bring you to more advanced settings where you can select pre-configured plans (probably one from HP is currently selected), and you can also edit those plans yourself.

(http://i.imgur.com/G1RZ2b0l.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/G1RZ2b0.png)
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: psychoadept on May 14, 2016, 08:33:41 PM
This happens to me on a Dell, too, so it's not just hp.  I look forward to trying out the solution.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: hiccup on May 14, 2016, 08:40:36 PM
It doesn't happen on my Dell. (clean installed without any Dell stuff though)

Changing powerplans doesn't work for you either?
It must have something to do with a setting that puts the soundcard to sleep.
It might also be a registry setting, or something in the audio driver. That won't make it easy to find and fix by yourself.
Are you using the internal speakers, or external ones?
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: Steven on May 15, 2016, 07:54:24 AM
could you try this version to see if it makes any difference:
http://musicbee.niblseed.com/V3_0/MusicBee3_Patched.zip
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: Skoop on May 15, 2016, 11:11:24 AM
The same thing will happen with speakers that are embedded into a monitor.  Monitor off, speakers off.

Your notebook appears to be acting in the same way; perhaps the monitor and speakers are an integral unit.

Anyway, in your power settings, change it to never turn off the monitor.  If you want the power savings, though, set a screensaver in display properties to blank screen.  It will look the same (black), but the monitor will not be switched off.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: boroda on May 15, 2016, 04:48:18 PM
if its not amoled monitor, then nothing will give power saving using blank screen screensaver.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: silvandy on May 16, 2016, 08:26:25 AM
I have tried the patched exe proposed, but the behaviour does not change: alas, when the screen turn off, so does playback....

Going back to hiccup post suggesting to use the older interface control panel instead that metro-inteface PC settings, I have explored the thing and i must say that I found the two interfaces to be closely related in terms of saving user preferences: in the old cntrol panel I have one power plan only (the so called "balanced") and it has the same and only the same options that you get in the pc settings interface. Moreover you change and save new settings in one interface, you get the new value in the other as well. They appear to be completely consistent (it is actually absurd to have two fully different interfaces to do the same thing, but this is not the matter now). so I found this change of perspective to be of no help, you have the same settings and they act the same way. Thanks anyway
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: hiccup on May 16, 2016, 09:12:36 AM
Windows comes with a couple of power plans by default.
And also other manufacturers (HP, Dell, manufacturers of graphics, harddisks etc.) can add them.
If you can only see one power plan, you either have a customized Windows installation, or you don't have full user access for that computer.
Is it perhaps a laptop 'from work'?
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: silvandy on May 16, 2016, 11:22:24 AM
It is a machine I use for work as well, but i have an account with administrator privileges. In the control panel there are no other power plans except the "balanced" one, which actually appears to be active. When editing its settings, it has exactly the same option than the PC settings with metro interface: screen and cpu disable timeouts with batteries and power line. And the options values are just the same, and stay the same in the two environments if you change them.
Keep in mind that I know what you mean, i.e. that with control panel you can create and alternatively activate different energy profiles. This machine (which is a small HP 10 inches detachable X2 210 g1) apparently ha no HP-made preinstalled energy profile, just the balanced one
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: hiccup on May 16, 2016, 01:24:19 PM
It seems that Windows does things a bit differently when it detects a 'tablet-like' machine.
You can try to solve this by making a change in the registry.
(only do this if you are confident with these kinds of tweaks, make a registry backup, etc.)

Go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
Change the value of 'CsEnabled' from 1 to 0
Reboot your laptop/tablet.

This might already be enough to prevent audio stopping when the screen turns off.
If not, you now should have other power plans such as 'high performance', and also more advanced settings available.

After doing this you might keep an eye out for a possible penalty in battery performance and effects on sleep state etc.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: alec.tron on May 17, 2016, 06:34:34 AM
Afaik, this is a general windows10 (which started on windows8 / RT) issue & mobile devices and used to be called Connected Standby (looks like they renamed it.. :D ) ...
Spotify & their app has been hit hard by this on windows as they can't get a "power-certified" status for their app (for which your app will need to be under a certain threshold to be allowed to play in the background and get connected standby, or so it was the last time I looked into this a few years ago... ).
Funnily enough, even recent windows10 versions do shut down Microsofts' own softwares' sound... i.e. try playing something through internetExplorer (eg youtube), wait for your tablet to switch off it's screen = youtube media/sound gets shut down as well.
At least that's how it used to be on a surface pro 3 & an v1 RT surface for the last years... and last I tried this was earlier this year when surfaceProd4 came out, and it still failed in that regard...
And, now hold on to something... the official work around from Microsoft is/was, 'just keep your screen awake all the time'...

On the other hand, there's some universal-apps that are powerCompliant (tried to find the docs for this quickly but I failed, no idea what I read a few years ago about it... official youtube app was one of the few that remained playing after screen going to sleep).

Yay 2016...
c.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: hiccup on May 17, 2016, 07:58:23 AM
Afaik, this is a general windows10 (which started on windows8 / RT) issue & mobile devices and used to be called Connected Standby (looks like they renamed it.. :D ) ...

It sounds like you use a tablet/touchscreen device too.
Have you tried the solution I presented in the post right before yours?
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: alec.tron on May 17, 2016, 11:47:54 AM
Hi hiccup!
I did see it and noted it with some interest; but I had this issue in 2014/15 ish, and it drove me nuts as I wante to use a an old surface RT as a BYOD at work (to listen to music to through...) since I had it anyway and it was catching dust. But since I got rid of the Surface a bit later due to the issues w audio and used an android & ipad instead I had no real need to play music through a windows device that gets hit by Connected Standby / InstantGo "throttle-ing"/screen-sleep affecting audio playback anymore...
Back then I even went so far to poke official M$support for a bit about it, but to no avail... hence the reference to the "official" work around. Nowadays I only occasionally check if it's still around for amusement as I found it a tad strange that hardly anyone complained about this and it apparently was a no-fix case for M$ (which surely will turn into frustration again when I need to play music extensively through a windows touch device on the side [with the screen going to sleep on purpose...] again).
Sorry I can't help with testing the registry trickery!
c.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: silvandy on May 17, 2016, 01:29:59 PM
I ill try the registry editing in the next few days, I am busy with other matters right now... sorry
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: theta_wave on May 17, 2016, 05:34:30 PM
It seems that Windows does things a bit differently when it detects a 'tablet-like' machine.
You can try to solve this by making a change in the registry.
(only do this if you are confident with these kinds of tweaks, make a registry backup, etc.)

Go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
Change the value of 'CsEnabled' from 1 to 0
Reboot your laptop/tablet.

This might already be enough to prevent audio stopping when the screen turns off.
If not, you now should have other power plans such as 'high performance', and also more advanced settings available.

After doing this you might keep an eye out for a possible penalty in battery performance and effects on sleep state etc.
Gah, the mess of making one OS work on two different form factors.  I've been looking to upgrade to Win10 from my Win7 Ultimate install due to the deadline coming up, but seeing this and experiencing (then later correcting) the fuzzy pixel problem makes me hesitant to do it.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: alec.tron on May 17, 2016, 10:08:24 PM
Had a look around again when I had a minute, and this is the old ConnectedStandby win8 documentation:
https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/windows-8-store-app-connected-standby-whitepaper
And on windows10/8.1 it's called "instantGo"...
c.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: psychoadept on May 18, 2016, 06:31:27 AM
Mine is doing okay, but I may have had issues with sleep kicking in unexpectedly before (reinstalled windows several times in March and April so settings got messed up).  Definitely continues playing through screen off now.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: hiccup on May 18, 2016, 07:36:45 AM
Mine is doing okay,

You earlier mentioned a Dell that had this issue.
Are you speaking now about the same laptop? Has it resolved by itself? Did you use the fix I posted?
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: psychoadept on May 18, 2016, 02:06:16 PM
Mine is doing okay,

You earlier mentioned a Dell that had this issue.
Are you speaking now about the same laptop? Has it resolved by itself? Did you use the fix I posted?

Same computer, didn't apply your fix.  I'm not sure I was having the same problem to begin with
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: foxj on August 24, 2019, 09:19:05 PM
Was anyone able to solve this issue? There are many hidden options in windows power settings. In my case all my music is stored on an external drive which was spinning down. In power settings I had changed was the usb selective suspend suspend settings USB Selective Suspend (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/usbcon/usb-selective-suspend).
But my issue has returned. I read that chrome dealt with it by adding a switch to resist sleep while music is playing by adding "--exclusive-mode-audio"  to your chrome properties target line.

I'm sure my issue is some widows update reset a power setting.

For those of you who want to increase the available "power options" here are some registry tweeks I found on github. Place the following into a .reg file RevealPowerOptions.reg would do, save it and execute it (at your own risk).
Code
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00;Reveals the most used hidden power settings in Windows 10. 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Graphics[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\44f3beca-a7c0-460e-9df2-bb8b99e0cba6];"Attributes"=dword:00000002[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\44f3beca-a7c0-460e-9df2-bb8b99e0cba6\3619c3f2-afb2-4afc-b0e9-e7fef372de36]"Attributes"=dword:00000002;Intel DPTF with TPD Level Config (seems to make it worst if set other than default High TDP);[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\48df9d60-4f68-11dc-8314-0800200c9a66\07029cd8-4664-4698-95d8-43b2e9666596];"Attributes"=dword:00000002;Intel DPTF with unkown settings (doesn't show up 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scenario)[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\5FB4938D-1EE8-4b0f-9A3C-5036B0AB995C\DD848B2A-8A5D-4451-9AE2-39CD41658F6C]"Attributes"=dword:00000002;Disconnected Standby Mode[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\68AFB2D9-EE95-47A8-8F50-4115088073B1]"Attributes"=dword:00000002;Network connectivity in Standby[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\F15576E8-98B7-4186-B944-EAFA664402D9]"Attributes"=dword:00000002;Presence Awareness Power Behaviour[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\8619B916-E004-4dd8-9B66-DAE86F806698];"Attributes"=dword:00000002[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\8619B916-E004-4dd8-9B66-DAE86F806698\468FE7E5-1158-46EC-88BC-5B96C9E44FD0]"Attributes"=dword:00000002[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\8619B916-E004-4dd8-9B66-DAE86F806698\49CB11A5-56E2-4AFB-9D38-3DF47872E21B]"Attributes"=dword:00000002[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\8619B916-E004-4dd8-9B66-DAE86F806698\60C07FE1-0556-45CF-9903-D56E32210242]"Attributes"=dword:00000002[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\8619B916-E004-4dd8-9B66-DAE86F806698\82011705-FB95-4D46-8D35-4042B1D20DEF]"Attributes"=dword:00000002[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\8619B916-E004-4dd8-9B66-DAE86F806698\9FE527BE-1B70-48DA-930D-7BCF17B44990]"Attributes"=dword:00000002[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\8619B916-E004-4dd8-9B66-DAE86F806698\C763EE92-71E8-4127-84EB-F6ED043A3E3D]"Attributes"=dword:00000002;Multimedia Settings[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\9596FB26-9850-41fd-AC3E-F7C3C00AFD4B\03680956-93BC-4294-BBA6-4E0F09BB717F]"Attributes"=dword:00000002[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\9596FB26-9850-41fd-AC3E-F7C3C00AFD4B\10778347-1370-4ee0-8bbd-33bdacaade49]"Attributes"=dword:00000002[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\9596FB26-9850-41fd-AC3E-F7C3C00AFD4B\34C7B99F-9A6D-4b3c-8DC7-B6693B78CEF4]"Attributes"=dword:00000002;Surface Overlay Power Subgroup (can't be changed from UI apparently);uneven numbers for AC , even numbers for DC;1,2 balanced, 3,4 High Perf, 5,6 Max Perf;[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\bfeba2e4-fdcc-41d9-93f4-3f6991c1f730\a4a0ab02-11f1-4584-bc52-cbb98eabdb0b];"Attributes"=dword:00000002;Windows Energy 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Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: pdmwhitelaw on October 31, 2019, 06:21:42 PM
A simple workaround was posted in the Superuser forum: "One solution that was suggested was to use a screensaver that's a black screen, and set your screen to never turn off."
See https://superuser.com/questions/1208698/how-to-stop-windows-10-muting-audio-playback-when-screen-turns-off for more discussion, but the workaround does work nicely.
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: foxj on November 01, 2019, 10:42:15 PM
After toying around with this for months and was going to dig in after the 5th time I had to climb back down a ladder.
The computer wasn't really sleeping (I had set it to 2 hours) just the monitor was in the screen saver and MusicBee was unresponsive every time needing to be closed and restarted.

I found a post
"Windows 10 keeps changing the power saving settings behind my back" (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-power/windows-10-keeps-changing-the-power-saving/06d1fd3b-272e-4eaf-9bc5-3e0bf1a13beb?page=4).
Title: Re: Musicbee stops playing when windows 10 turns off screen for energy saving
Post by: foxj on December 19, 2019, 05:01:57 AM
To add to this post I also found that on windows 10 setting developer mode configures the power options to keep the machine playing music. But still will put the machine to sleep if it isn't.