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    Plugin to power off VFDs?

    I seem to recall seeing mention of a plugin that powers off the VFDs on ip3k devices to extend their lives since they are no longer replaceable. I can't for the life of me find it though. Anyone know if this plugin exists or if I must have been smokin' something when I thought I saw it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2eleven View Post
    I seem to recall seeing mention of a plugin that powers off the VFDs on ip3k devices to extend their lives since they are no longer replaceable. I can't for the life of me find it though. Anyone know if this plugin exists or if I must have been smokin' something when I thought I saw it?
    That would be optimistic as the server has no control over the power to the VFDs - the only thing is the brightness control. On transporter I seem to remember that brightness of 0 may disable more but I don't believe it powers down the VFD.

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    There is a plugin that works with all the SBs with VFDs, not only the Transporter. I think it's called AutoDim. If so, it's possible that it no longer works with current server software (see http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...orking-w-7-01/).

    Alternatively you could use Server Power Control to put your devices-with-VFDs in off/standby, and set the VFDs to zero brightness when off/standby.

    But in either case it is probably as triode says, that is, it most likely sets the brightness to zero, rather than actually cutting power to the VFD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aubuti View Post
    There is a plugin that works with all the SBs with VFDs, not only the Transporter. I think it's called AutoDim. If so, it's possible that it no longer works with current server software (see http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...orking-w-7-01/).

    Alternatively you could use Server Power Control to put your devices-with-VFDs in off/standby, and set the VFDs to zero brightness when off/standby.

    But in either case it is probably as triode says, that is, it most likely sets the brightness to zero, rather than actually cutting power to the VFD.
    I use the plugin "blank saver" to blank out my transporter and boom VFDs when they are off/paused.
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    Thanks everyone for the replies.

    Quote Originally Posted by garym View Post
    I use the plugin "blank saver" to blank out my transporter and boom VFDs when they are off/paused.
    Does that do more than, for example, setting the brightness to 0 for idle and power off in the player settings? I do the latter, but at night I can see glow from the sides of the VFDs so I know they are still powered on. I was hoping to be able to power them off, though Triode has indicated that doing so through a plugin may be impossible. Anyone know if there's truth to what Triode mentioned about brightness 0 maybe being different on the Transporter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2eleven View Post
    Thanks everyone for the replies.



    Does that do more than, for example, setting the brightness to 0 for idle and power off in the player settings? I do the latter, but at night I can see glow from the sides of the VFDs so I know they are still powered on. I was hoping to be able to power them off, though Triode has indicated that doing so through a plugin may be impossible. Anyone know if there's truth to what Triode mentioned about brightness 0 maybe being different on the Transporter?
    not really sure.
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    Office: Win10(64)>LMS 7.9.2>Squeezelite
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