Motorola Droid Dies

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    Recently I've noticed my Droid randomly die as if it was shut off. Instinctively when this happens I hold the power button down to see if it will restart but it doesn't :(. The only way to get it to start again is for me to remove the battery and then put it back in and hold the power button down. This has happened to me twice and both times it happened the phone wasn't being used.

    I'm unsure if this is an app related issue or if it's the phone. Has anyone else run into this?
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    I have not ran into this issue. What apps do you have installed on the droid? How long have you noticed this issue and what apps did you maybe install just before it started to happen. I know that there are apps that can cause issues with our devices....I hope you solve your problem.:motdroidvert:
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    Sounds to me you had an app with a memory leak.
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    This issue just started happening this week. I've installed a few new apps these past two weeks. Here's a list of them.

    - Air control (game)
    - Andpipes! (game)
    - Car mode (app)
    - Copycat free (game)
    - Flight Director lite (game)
    - Gameboid lite (emulator)
    - Gensoid lite (emulator)
    - Grid droid (game)
    - Laserreflector (game)
    - Nesoid lite (emulator)
    - Shapewriter (keyboard app)
    - ShootU! lite (game)

    Out of the list I've really only been using Nesoid, ShootU!, and Air Control.

    I'm not sure it's a memory leak though. If it was wouldn't the droid at least display the locked screen or light up a bit? When this issue happens it's as if the phone is completely off. Also I do use Advanced task killer every so often to make sure I have at least 50mb of memory free so I'm pretty educated on what apps are using what percentage of memory.

    When this issue happens the only apps normally running are
    - Advanced Task Killer (which I've had since I bought the phone and have had no problems)
    - Battery Status Free (which I've had since I bought the phone)
    - The weather channel app (another app I've had since I bought the phone)
    - Timeriffic (which I've had for about 3 weeks and haven't had any problems however it is an automated action tool so who knows...)
    - Facebook app that comes with Droid...although I only use it on rare occasions.

    Sometimes random apps do get started in the background on their own due to various reasons (app updates, visiting the droid options menu..etc), so I suppose if this is a memory leak then maybe the affected app is starting on it's on in the background.
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    Uninstall ATK.

    Just do it, you can reinstall if the issue doesn't stop.

    I strongly recommend Astro File Managers task killer (automatically knows what you shouldn't kill and what you should)
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    I uninstalled a few of the games. I'm gonna give it another day before removing ATK. I'm 90% sure ATK isn't the problem.
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    what about security software? I had problems withe a freebie antivirus software, unsinstalled it and so far no problems.
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    na I haven't installed any security apps.
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    Theres always warranty replacement.
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    Will throw these thoughts in as mine also died a while ago but then came back up after sitting on the desk for several days....
    The oldest question in modern electronics?
    1. Is is software (apps)
    2. Or hardware?
    My 02c worth. the Droid (settings-about phone-battery use) will tell you what the percent of usage is since the last time you powered the phone up. Unless you were running apps, the major contributor is never apps, but whatever you were last doing? If it is an app, mine typically says "screen" If I have been on the phone for a while, it will say "phone usage"

    Remember, even though this "about phone" info is background, some consideration should be given to the software that provides this info.

    Now when MY phone died, it simply would not come back up? So I could not asscertain exactly what was causing the problem. But based on the full charge that morning, something must of taken the battery way down to the point that no reboot was possible????

    My take, based on bookoo electronic experience is that when the DROID(any embedded electronics) fails to boot up or "Come Alive" its not the use of an application but rather, the main CSCI (application software) seeing something that it did not like so it just plain shuts down. Typically these are hard failures of built in tests, but then again maybe not? When my phone came back up it was after sitting for days, then (just by chance) I tried the charger again and it came "alive" I still have definitive answers, and can only assume base the previous assumptions on the way older (slower) embedded electronics was developed.

    Regards,
    Bo
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    The problem is the battery is perfectly fine before and after it "dies". It's almost like the phone goes into hibernate and then locks itself so you cant turn the back light back on without pulling the battery out and putting it back in. The two times that this has happend where both when the phone was just sitting idly on a desk or in my car with the backlight off. I'd like to think it's an app causing this since it just started happening but then again you could be right about it being a main system process screwing up.
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    I was just about to advise the uninstall of ATK, but someone beat me to it.

    Imho try it without even for awhile, i know you've had it since day one but still.

    That very well be what is killing your phone.
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    I had the exact same thing happen to me this morning -- of the apps you've listed, the only ones I also have are Flight Director, ShootU, and Shapewriter (all recently installed for me, too). The thing is, I think I remember having this problem maybe once every couple weeks, well before I installed those three apps. But I could be remembering wrong.
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    yup just happened to me too i have shoot u installed out of that list but wasnt running. i hope this gets fixed soon just pisses me off!!!!
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    So it sounds like a app/software issue after all, huh?

    Slight update for me. I uninstalled the Flight Director lite (game) yesterday and haven't experienced the dreaded black screen of death again (although it's only happened to me twice so far). I also noticed my battery lasted a bit longer then normal...not exactly sure why since Flight Director lite was almost never played lol.
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    I have Astro installed and I don't see "Astro File Managers task killer."
    Where do I find it?

    Thanks
    Monty
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    open astro, press menu, select tools, select process manager, press menu, select kill all.
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    Very Nice, Thanks


    Monty
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    Keep in mind when you press "kill all" it also kills the Droid system processes and the alarm clock by default. You should definitely put these processes in your ignore list.

    I installed this last night since you guys suggested it over ATK. I killed everything then started all the apps that I wanted to run in the background but ended up finding out even though I started them, they where not really running in the background. How do I know this? Becuse the alarm did not go off this morning even though I had it open lol. I had to restart the droid in order to get the main system processes along with the alarm clock to even work again. I think this is why many people suggest not to use task killers lol.