Found Out Why GB's Killing My Battery (with Temp Fix)

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid Pro' started by Skates12, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. sculptedstylus

    sculptedstylus Member

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    This is what I've been doing on my Asus Transformer for quite a while...I get great battery life with it, and now I'm trying it on my DroidX. The only problem that I have is that it takes at least 20 seconds after tapping Data Manager to get to the Background Data setting. I also uncheck Enable Data while there! Anyone else experiencing this amount of time for the settings to come up? I should mention, though, I'm rooted and still on Froyo...and too chicken to install any ROMs.
     
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    5 hours!!!???!?!? WTF????!!! I would be cranky too. Have you tried a factory reset? I would.
     
  3. Skates12

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    I'm holding onto a reset as a last resort. Everything I'm reading online says that it isn't solving the problem for those who have tried it.

    I'm hoping if enough customers complain, Google/Moto/VZ will address it.
     
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    Just read this....its for a Droid X but can be done on a Pro as well. Recovery is accessible using Power + R +M.....

     
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    Skates12, I know this battery issue is about to drive you crazy...it would be also. I think the factory data reset process is the key to fixing the problem...here is why: It seems (not a scientific study mind you) that any Pro owner that had to do an sbf back to 2.26 in order to get the latest OTA update to Gingerbread is not experiencing the battery problem (I fall into this category). The reason is, I believe, is that part of the sbf process is having to clear cash in recovery mode and having to do a factory data reset. I know it is a PITA, but if you take your phone back to Verizon for troubleshooting or replacement that is exactly what they are going to do before giving you a replacement phone (and the replacement phone is probably going to be a pre-owned one). The most likely scenario is they will do the factory data reset and give you back the phone and tell you if that doesn't work bring the phone back. Save yourself a trip to Verizon...give factory data reset a shot if all else fails.
     
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    Sage advice. That's exactly what will happen. And if it doesn't, then the rep you're dealing with isn't following procedures. It doesn't solve everything all the time, but a factory reset is the answer to so many problems. I flashed the 2.26 SBF and did a factory reset on the way to the OTA Gingerbread. I always reset everything before an update because it knocks out a lot of potential problems. Like jpcalhoun, I haven't experienced any battery issues on the OTA Gingerbread.
     
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    This excerpt is an example of what I'm seeing online:

    "Unfortunately, clearing the cache and doing the factory data reset does not appear to restore normal battery life for everyone (particularly the worst cases) -- for those with the worst case, this is their most serious problem with GB 2.3.3 UPDATE"

    I'm going to be patient and do the brave thing; wait until some other Pro users try it and monitor their results :-D
     
  8. jpcalhoun

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    If you do find a "cure" for the battery issue please let us know. There are quite a few users experiencing the same problem.
     
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    Here's what I know. The problem (in my case) is connected to Corp Sync, which I use to sync Hotmail.

    3G communicates virtually non-stop (in blue mode, not white), and the bulk of the traffic is received by the Pro, not sent.

    The phone runs very hot (today was over 107 degrees) and com.Motorola.service.main shows as the service hogging battery life.

    I deleted corp sync and rebooted. 3G activity dropped to nil, phone temp dropped 15 degrees and battery seemed to improve.

    Waited 30 minutes, re-added corp sync. 3G activity returned to non-stop and battery temp raised 10+ degrees.

    In just 20 minutes or so, it's already received almost 5meg of data.

    I don't what is being sent to the phone, because my Outlook Hotmail Connector on the client is set to only sync changes once every 30 minutes.

    If I can isolate what's happening, maybe I can come up with a permanent fix.

    I'm hoping power users who know more about these items may have a suggestion or two, meanwhile, I'll research further.
     
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    Though I have a DX rather than a Droid Pro, the problems discussed sound a lot like what I've been experiencing. Even with an extended battery and a full charge at 6 am I was down to almost no battery within 12 hours. I noticed that my Android OS was using a ridiculously high percentage of the battery (or so I understand), but couldn't isolate it any further. Doing a factory reset had no effect, nor did switching ROMs. I just froze Corporate Sync using TiBu and will be curious to see whether that helps.

    Thanks to everyone who's helping out.
     
  11. jpcalhoun

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    Stakes12, this maybe a work around for you. Let me make an assumption based on what I think I understand from your last post. Your primary mail is yahoo. You have Outlook setup to go get your yahoo mail and bring it into Outlook. You have corp sycn on your Pro going to Yahoo for the same mail and what appears to be the source of the battery drain issue. May I recommend the following: Don't make any adjustments to Outlook (that has probably been working just fine for you). Instead of having corp sync going and getting the yahoo mail, have go into yahoo mail settings and allow yahoo to forward mail to your gmail account. Gmail will push that forwarded mail to your pro...your phone won't have to do anything. The other option is to setup gmail to go get the mail from yahoo (it's call "fetch" in gmail and is a setting in gmail setup. Fetch acts just like Blackberry BES/BIS. The frequency with which fetch retrieves your mail depends on how active your yahoo account is. It could range from every 2 or 3 minutes on an active account to once an hour and a very inactive account. You can't adjust the frequency. This doesn't fix the technical issue, but it would avert the constant drain on your battery caused by corp sync. In either recommendation your phone doesn't have to do anything but receive the mail from gmail which is pushed to you. Saves battery.
     
  12. Skates12

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    Sorry, your assumptions were wrong. No Yahoo (except IM). Using Hotmail Outlook Connector to sync calendar/contacts between my Outlook client and the Droid. I use no Google services and won't ever use them. I maintain an account only for the app market.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
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