Is the Ben power LED software controlled?

Delbert Franz ddf at sonic.net
Fri Nov 4 13:19:35 EDT 2011


I have something similar on charging.  I sometimes charge the Ben
with it running.  The LED stays lit way past a full charge but then
goes out as soon as I press a key.  Charging while on takes much 
longer, which has been covered in a thread a few months ago.
Now what makes it complex, it doesn't always do this:)  Not sure
of what pattern results in an led staying on past a full charge.

I have also noticed that the "wall-wart" usb charger and the usb 
port on my Acer One netbook must put out slightly different 
voltages.  I can unplug from the wall-wart and into the 
netbook port and the light will come on and if the Ben 
is running will stay on until I press a key, but again, 
not always!  Who says computers are deterministic:)  

Not sure this is that related, but it shows that the red led
must be understood in the "context" of the state of the Ben,
and the nature of the source. 

                   Delbert



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state:0;">On Friday 04 November 2011, Suco wrote:</p>
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state:0;">&gt; As you can see in the wiki, the led is controlled by a dedicated charger</p>
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