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MusicBee Wishlist / Re: [WISH] 'Prevent Display From Sleeping' Preference
« on: November 28, 2014, 03:52:42 AM »
Thanks for all the comments, not looking to antagonise anyone. This issue has been raised (and dismissed outright) in the past.

Okay, forget the "default" request - I'd hate for the discussion to get distracted from the required functionality because of semantics.

An option, with any default setting, to prevent the screen from sleeping would be just fine. I'm happy to swallow my pride and say I asked the wrong way or for the wrong thing or whatever if it prevents distraction from the merits of the request.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: [WISH] 'Prevent Display From Sleeping' Preference
« on: November 27, 2014, 08:53:54 AM »
i took keeping the screen awake out because it was probably the cause of an issue for someone else. I dont want to add an option for this but havent made a final decision

I understand but I still think you should follow standard operating procedure for Windows. If people *want* their system to sleep whilst it's playing music then they're the exception for sure - this is a ridiculous (and counter intuitive) expectation.

Nobody has the right to complain if you implement standard (expected) Windows behaviour. If the system is in "playback mode" there is *no* circumstance where a suspend procedure should be automatically initiated (without explicit consent).

If an isolated group feel they need their screen to sleep during playback (and not initiate system sleep?????????) then that should be an explicit option they select, not one applied by default to all.

I'd like to hear the logic of those that feel they need this 'auto-sleep even if I'm playing music' functionality.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: [WISH] 'Prevent Display From Sleeping' Preference
« on: November 27, 2014, 03:59:09 AM »
i have done this so when a track is playing then the screen and system will stay awake (except if the auto-shutdown timer is active).
Its possible i might change this if there is negative feedback but given other apps do the same i think it should be ok

unzip and replace the existing files:

Thanks for looking in to this!

So I replaced the files and started MusicBee but didn't notice anything different, my screen when to sleep just like before. Is there a configuration I need to change to activate it, I had a look but didn't immediately notice anything?

FWIW - I'm using the standard 'Balanced' Windows power plan with a couple of minor adjustments on Win 8.1 Pro x64. MusicBee reports version 2.5.5443 after applying the patch above.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: [WISH] 'Prevent Display From Sleeping' Preference
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:41:01 AM »
Thanks for the reply! Very innovative workarounds! :D

Forgot to mention the default for any such setting should definitely be off. Leaving the display on when the computer isn't in use is the exception to the norm (i.e. contrary to what the Power Options control panel says), so any user who wants that behaviour needs to "opt in".

Sorry for any confusion, all I'm saying is that no sleep state should be allowed during activity (playback) unless the user allows it. I'm just asking for default Windows behaviour.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: [WISH] 'Prevent Display From Sleeping' Preference
« on: November 21, 2014, 05:57:58 AM »
How is this not annoying the hell out of everybody?

I'm astonished this request hasn't even been acknowledged considering some of the otherwise trivial requests that get airtime.

Has nobody else noticed your computer will go to sleep in the middle of a playlist, like no other media player on earth?  ???

The app is awesome but let's not overlook the basics in pursuit of the bells and whistles.

MusicBee Wishlist / [WISH] 'Prevent Display From Sleeping' Preference
« on: November 03, 2014, 01:21:35 AM »
In Windows you can programmatically prevent the display from 'sleeping' (edit: SetThreadExecutionState) and it would be great to see this as a preference in MusicBee.

This would solve the problem of music cutting off when using HDMI in a HTPC environment with the display set to automatically sleep. This matter has been raised before but I'm not sure if this solution was considered. I suspect not because the issue was quickly (and unfairly IMHO) dismissed.

MusicBee is (nearly) ideal for a HTPC and many HTPC's pump their audio and video via HDMI. Depending on the equipment in use if the HDMI video signal stops the line is considered 'off' and audio ceases. Adjusting the Windows Power Policy to 'never sleep' (or similar) just to accommodate MusicBee would be a very cumbersome approach in the face of a more elegant solution.

A user option to 'Prevent display from sleeping while playback is active' (default: on) would be a perfect and unobtrusive solution.

I appreciate you're busy with a long list of requests and improvements but hope you'll have the time to consider this valuable functional request.

I enjoy using MusicBee, keep up the good work and thank you.

Edit #2: I changed the suggested default state to 'on' - I think I only typed 'off' because that would replicate current behaviour in MusicBee (which I believe to be incorrect). The computer should not be able to sleep when playback is active (default).

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