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    iPAQ turns on at midnight

    I am using ActiveSync 3.6 with iPAQ 3970. I keep it in the synch cradle with iPAQ turned off (main computer always on). Several times a week (on different days) the iPAQ will turn on at exactly midnight - and stay on until I turn it off. I do not have it set for automatic synching.

    I think there is a ghost in my iPAQ! Can anyone help?

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    Ron

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    Re: iPAQ turns on at midnight

    According to Microsoft knowledge base article 263719
    <hr>Pocket PC devices that are running Windows CE 3.0 turn on at midnight to search for appointments for the coming day. Reminders are set and the Today view is updated with the day's events.

    The device then turns off according to the configured power settings (which you can modify). The default setting is to turn the device off after three minutes of inactivity.

    If a program such as Microsoft Windows Media Player for Pocket PC were running when the device is turned off, Windows Media Player would resume playing when the device turns on at midnight. In this case, the device would not turn off because there is activity. You should stop Windows Media Player before turning the Pocket PC off.<hr>

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    Re: iPAQ turns on at midnight

    Thank you for the lead - I checked it out but I don't think that the article is applicable for the following reasons:

    The unit does not turn on every night - it is sporadic with no apparent pattern.
    The unit is set to turn off after a certain number of minutes but when it goes on at midnight, it stays on all night until it is manually turned off (the next morning).
    While Media Player is installed on the unit - it is never turned on.

    It is all very bizarre <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29> - I even checked to see if any of the programs are set to synch at a particular time or day - I found none.

    Do you have any other thoughts?

    Thanks. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

    Ron

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    Re: iPAQ turns on at midnight

    > The unit does not turn on every night - it is sporadic with no apparent pattern.

    I think you will find that the unit turns on at Midnight every night. This is a feature of Windows CE. It always turns on at midnight in order to sort out the days appointments etc. The problem you have is that it is not turning off again on some nights.

    Next time it happens can you look at iTask to see what programs are loaded.

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    Re: iPAQ turns on at midnight

    StuartR,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I am usually sitting right next to the iPAQ and it does not go on every night. In fact, it does not go on more often than it does go on. I would say it happens about once a week on the average (on different days). I have the unit set to turn off automatically after several minutes (which it does when I turn it on and it remains idle) but when it goes on by itself, it stays on.

    It sure is frustrating. I think there may be a gremlin inside the iPAQ. And, he doesn't like me.

    Thanks. Any other ideas?

    Ron

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    Re: iPAQ turns on at midnight

    I had a similar problem of reminders kicking on only on certain days. It turns out I had some Alarms set (how, I don't know). Check in Settings - System - Clock - Alarms. Couldn't hurt...

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    Re: iPAQ turns on at midnight

    Thanks for the suggestion. I did check that and none of the alarms are activated. I guess some programs and operating system just have bugs that are there to annoy and test one's patience!

    Ron

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