Found 19th May 2008
I have recently purchased a XPS laptop with Vista and want to use it as a music player, but don't want it just sitting using up the battery when I am listening to music. Is there anyway to "shut down" the laptop that allows the Music player to keep playing?

Thanks, Stufai

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no, only thing you can do is close the lid to turn the screen off but Vista needs to stay running.

SunTzu;2131260

no, only thing you can do is close the lid to turn the screen off but … no, only thing you can do is close the lid to turn the screen off but Vista needs to stay running.



yeah, I agree. it should extend your battery life by a bit if you have the screen off

Original Poster

But if I close the lid it stops playing! Can I change this somehow?

Buy an ipod!:whistling:

Original Poster

Sorted - don't worry figured it out. Thanks for your help!

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allyn;2131411

Buy an ipod!:whistling:



Thanks :roll:

You can probaly set it to put the screen to sleep after 'X' minutes but aren't the laptop speakers usually in the upper face and therefore would you not cover them when closing the lid?

In your control panel settings it should give you options as to what closing the lid does

I've not used the feature but you should be able to boot the laptop into Dell's media centre, this is meant to allow you to watch films, listen to music and watch pictures without actually loading Vista. I haven't used it on Dell systems although I doubt this would save much in terms of batterylife.

John

stufai;2131421

Sorted - don't worry figured it out. Thanks for your help!



Please share your solution..it may help us.

Original Poster

Start -> Control Panel -> Mobile PC -> Power Options -> Change what closing the lid does

And then change the settings to does nothing - means that you can close the screen (which switches the screen off to save battery) but music keeps playing!

Hope that that helps someone. :-)

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greg_68;2131433

You can probaly set it to put the screen to sleep after 'X' minutes but … You can probaly set it to put the screen to sleep after 'X' minutes but aren't the laptop speakers usually in the upper face and therefore would you not cover them when closing the lid?In your control panel settings it should give you options as to what closing the lid does



I was using head phones but I guess that you would be right!
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