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  1. jhale83

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    Ok I know most of you probably check your texts pretty quickly and I do too but I was in a meeting one day and received a text. My phone was not turned on once during the hour long meeting yet when I turned it on for the first time after the meeting I noticed the battery had drained nearly 10%. Turns out I received a text about 15 mins into my meeting and upon looking at Spare Parts I noticed that Handcent kept my phone awake for 45 mins...the amount of time it took me from receiving the text to reading it. I then thought it was because I had the pop-up option enable...no go. After turning that off it is still keeping my phone awake. Can anyone else replicate this issue? I had my wife send me a text and then waited a few mins to check it and then checked Spare Parts for the Partial Wake Usage.
     

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    While I'm not sure the exact drain, I don't think it's nearly that high. I've had text notifications sit there waiting all night long and little more than normal drain. Maybe 5-10% over all night...if even that much.
     
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    People still use spare parts? I used to use that but it caused more issues then solved.

    I do use Handcent and also do not see this issue. Are you also using a task killer?
     
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    I've had the exact same issue arise a couple times over the past few days where it appears that Handcent keeps the phone awake after receiving a text message (like you, I checked Spare Parts to see the partial wake usage). I ended up uninstalling the app and re-installing again -- who knows if that will work. I had never had this problem previously so I wonder if it has to do with one of the recent updates.

    BTW this is on a stock Evo 2.2 with no task killer running.
     
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    Check your pop up and notification settings. In handcent
     
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    Stock 2.2 and no task killer. What issues has Spare Parts caused? It just pulls info that's stored in the phone already doesn't it?
     
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    Check what within those settings?
     
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    Just surprized, I used spare parts on my eris and it caused nothing but issues. I didn't see much value in it is all. No worries if it helps you then cool. :cool:
     
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    The only thing I use it for really is to check partial wake usage when I notice my battery draining.
     
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    I believe if you set the LED indicator frequency to a non-default value, it will certainly use more battery.
     
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    You could try to use Astro File Manager to look at what processes are running and see if there is a rouge application that runs after you get a notification. I use handcent all the time and have not seen a drainage issue with the notifications. You could turn off the pop ups though and see if that helps.
     
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    What's a better alternative (to check which apps have been draining your battery)?
     
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    I saw this posted somewhere and tried it and set it to default (which is ******ed because it's just a solid green light) and it still kept my phone awake.
     
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    The first thing I tried was turning off the pop ups and it still keeps the phone awake so it's not that...at least not in my case.
     
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    Sorry, I got interrupted mid post...

    I have been using handcent since day one with my evo back in june with no battery drain issues.

    Try these settings:

    application settings>always back home checked

    notifications settings>pop up settings> screen on for popup UNchecked

    notification settings.pop up setting. Show when locked Unchecked (I have it checked with no issues but you may try it unchecked)

    notification setting>number of reminders>set lower

    notification settings>screen on for reminders> UNcheck

    Notification Settings>blink led>Uncheck

    Then go through and do the same for sent and fail further down.

    Hope that helps!
     
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    Thanks...tried these settings and it's still keeping my phone awake. I may just have to try another app...
     
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    Have you tried uninstalling the app and then downloading the most current version from the market?
     
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    I agree - Handcent is quite a stable app and I don't recall this sort of thing NOT getting cleared up with the right settings. Maybe a bad install - or maybe bad cache - re-install should fix it.

    By the way, mega kudos on those settings.

    BTW - now that I think of it - sometimes a bad file on the SD card was known to keep various media players constantly awake.

    MMS by default goes to the /sdcard/download so - maybe a good idea to do a file-system clean on the SD card, too.



    Not sure it will matter here - just turning over every stone.
     
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    Handcent was one of the first apps i installed when I got my evo. Never had any issues with it. Definitely none of which you speak of.

    And I have the Pop up notification enabled.
     
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    yeah I have all popups enabled, and have gotten texts i haven't checked quickly and never had an awake issue...

    do you have any of those apps that make certain programs keep your phone awake while in use? maybe handcent is accidentally checked in one of those
     
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    I agree with everyone else. I have had no issue's with handcent as well. This was the first app I downloaded as well.
     
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    I've tried all sorts of things without success.

    Uninstalled and then reinstalled.
    Uninstalled and then reinstalled from an OLDER version of Handcent (I had backed up my apps to SD card using MyBackupPro several weeks ago)
    Changed the settings as above.

    The only thing that worked and prevented my phone from waking was disabling notifications altogether. Instead, I installed ChompSMS and use that to notify me via their popup.

    Very bizarre. The fact that uninstalling and reinstalling (even from an older version) didn't work makes me think that some setting or file that is left over during uninstallation is corrupt?
     
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    Having the same issue. Anyone else fix it?
     
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