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    Senior Member JJZolx's Avatar
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    Player States, Brightness and Screensavers

    Would someone care to give me a simple explanation of the various operational states of a Squeezebox.

    Looking through player settings, we have different settings for both screen savers and brightness and their relationships to player states. But those states are described differently.

    Under Brightness settings, we have

    on
    off
    idle

    and under Screensavers we have

    playing
    not playing
    off

    The screensavers settings seem fairly straightforward. I guess "idle" is the one that throws me. What exactly is "idle"? Why not use the same player states for both brightness and screen saver?

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    Aaron Zinck
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    Player States, Brightness and Screensavers

    > Would someone care to give me a simple explanation of the various
    > operational states of a Squeezebox.
    >
    > Looking through player settings, we have different settings for both
    > screen savers and brightness and their relationships to player states.
    > But those states are described differently.
    >
    > Under Brightness settings, we have
    >
    > on
    > off
    > idle
    >
    > and under Screensavers we have
    >
    > playing
    > not playing
    > off
    >
    > The screensavers settings seem fairly straightforward. I guess "idle"
    > is the one that throws me. What exactly is "idle"? Why not use the
    > same player states for both brightness and screen saver?


    The screensaver only comes on when the player is idle (or off) and when the
    player's on and idle you probably don't need different brightness settings
    depending on whether or not the player was playing something when it was
    idle.


    The correlation is this:

    player state: ON
    -----------
    screensaver: never on
    brightness: uses brightness setting for ON


    player state: IDLE and PLAYING (player is on but has received no user input
    for designated amount of time)
    ----------
    screensaver: "PLAYING" screensaver is on
    brightness: uses brightness setting for IDLE


    player state: IDLE and NOT PLAYING (player is on but has received no user
    input for designated amount of time)
    ----------
    screensaver: "NOT PLAYING" screensaver is on
    brightness: uses brightness setting for IDLE


    player state: OFF
    ----------
    screensaver: "OFF" screensaver is playing
    brightness: uses brightness setting for OFF




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    Player States, Brightness and Screensavers

    This would be a great entry for the Wiki

    http://wiki.slimdevices.com/

    * Aaron Zinck shaped the electrons to say...

    >The screensaver only comes on when the player is idle (or off) and when the
    >player's on and idle you probably don't need different brightness settings
    >depending on whether or not the player was playing something when it was
    >idle.
    >
    >
    >The correlation is this:
    >
    >player state: ON
    >-----------
    >screensaver: never on
    >brightness: uses brightness setting for ON
    >
    >
    >player state: IDLE and PLAYING (player is on but has received no user input
    >for designated amount of time)
    >----------
    >screensaver: "PLAYING" screensaver is on
    >brightness: uses brightness setting for IDLE
    >
    >
    >player state: IDLE and NOT PLAYING (player is on but has received no user
    >input for designated amount of time)
    >----------
    >screensaver: "NOT PLAYING" screensaver is on
    >brightness: uses brightness setting for IDLE
    >
    >
    >player state: OFF
    >----------
    >screensaver: "OFF" screensaver is playing
    >brightness: uses brightness setting for OFF
    >
    >
    >
    >

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    Senior Member JJZolx's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Zinck
    The screensaver only comes on when the player is idle (or off) and when the
    player's on and idle you probably don't need different brightness settings
    depending on whether or not the player was playing something when it was
    idle.
    Huh? :-)

    From the rest of your post I think I've figured out that what triggers the brightness settings is user input through the remote control. Is the IDLE delay time configurable, as is the screensaver delay?

    And I just noticed that there's also a "Standby" font setting. What the heck is "Standby"?

    What exactly is the use of "OFF"? Will playback via the web UI turn a player ON, and will any remote input (not just hitting the POWER button) also turn it ON? If that's the case, then is the only use of OFF to run a particular screen saver at a particular brightness level?

    One other thing that I find confusing is the font size designations.

    full
    High
    light
    standard

    I'm not sure who could make heads or tails out of that in regard to font _sizes_. Is there some reason they're named like this? They seem to work well from the remote - cycling through the different sizes in order, but from the web UI they're nearly meaningless.
    Last edited by JJZolx; 2005-06-27 at 18:08.

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