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18th January 2013, 04:11 PM
I know of this issue and wonder if someone has the happens when you've disconnected from the PC, and the ActiveSync stays on the Flame and despite ending it in the Task Manager, it comes back on and drains the battery!

18th January 2013, 05:18 PM
Some of the lucky owners of the brand-new Pocket PCs with Windows Mobile 5.0 are encountering a rather nasty bug - their Pocket PCs are losing battery charge even while apparently doing nothing - you left it on the table fully charged in the morning only to find your device at half-charge in the evening. The hidden culprit here is, in fact, ActiveSync on Pocket PC side - with default settings, Pocket PC ActiveSync activates itself every five or ten minutes and tries to sync with the desktop.

To refrain ActiveSync from waking up the device every five minutes and to save your battery charge, you can use following "dummy server tweak"

1. Turn on your PPC
2. Go to Start > Programs > Activesync. This will open the Activesync program.
3. Tap Menu at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will bring up the Options Menu. Notice the option Schedule... is greyed out? This is the all-critical option we need to get access to. But as it's disabled we can't change Activesync's default synchronisation schedule.

Ok, so how do we enable the Schedule option? Easy!!! Fool Activesync into thinking there is an Exchange Server to sync with:

1. From Activesync's Menu tap on Add Server Source.
2. In the following screens you can enter any old garbage. It does not matter, but just in case your unsure, just type the following in the indicated boxes:

Server Address: fake
Tap Next
User name: fake
Password: fake
Domain: fake
(Ticking save password or going into the Advanced menu makes no difference, so no need to bother).
Tap Next
Untick all of the 'Data you want to synchronise' options
Tap Finish

3. Ok, we're done creating the server. You should now see in Activesync's main screen your normal Activesync connection(s), and a new connection called Exchange Server.
4. Go back into the Menu, and lo and behold the Schedule option is now enabled! Go ahead and tap it!
5. You will see that both options in the Schedule screen are set to Every 5 Minutes (A01 Rom), or Every 10 Minutes (A06 Rom). This simply will not do! ( * Advanced users - please see my note below * )
6. Using the drop downs, change both the Peak times and Off-peak times boxes to Manually.
7. Press the OK button at the top right of the screen.

Congratulations! Activesync is now gagged from opening on it's own and ruining your life! Your work is not done just yet though - time to clean up and get rid of the now unwanted fake Exchange Server.

1. Go back into Activesync's Menu, then Tap Options.
2. Highlight Exchange Server, then tap Delete. A warning message will appear about removing files etc, but as you have no files associated with the fake Exchange Server, it's nothing to worry about - just tap Ok.
3. The list will now only show your remaining PC Sync connection(s). Obviously do not delete these!

So there you go, your PPC will now be happy to lead a normal and fulfilling life serving your organisational needs.

You may now put your PPC on Standby safe in the knowledge it will turn back on when you need it to. You can be sure that your CF and SD cards are no longer going to go walkabout. You can be safe in the knowledge that your battery should no longer lose it's charge. Etc etc.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you.

19th January 2013, 11:39 AM
nice find and really useful 2...this is what I found after all done above:

10hr closedown = 17% used battery!!

still saw the ActiveSync on in the Task Manager though, but still a marked improvement for sure.

19th January 2013, 10:01 PM
glad it helped you^^

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