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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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