IR connections kill batteries

Do not suspend a Windows 98/Me computer while an IR connection is established–disconnect before putting the computer in suspend mode. Friday, May 11, 2001 IR connections kill batteries Do not suspend a Windows 98/Me computer while an IR connection is established–disconnect before putting the computer in suspend mode.

Infrared connections can be convenient alternatives to pricey, cumbersome cabling, but IR devices are not very power-conscious. Do not suspend a Windows 98/Me computer while an IR connection is established–wait until the IR link is disconnected (or force a disconnection) before putting the computer in suspend mode. For example, if an IrLAN connection is established between a laptop and a host “access point,” move the laptop out of range of the IrLAN “access point” before suspending the system (or closing the laptop lid). Otherwise, the connection remains active and can drain the laptop’s battery over time.

Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.

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