Power, sleep, unlock ?'s

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    Okay, I just got the Droid and have a few questions. I am open to all suggestions & answers. First off, I have a disability with no use of my hands. From playing with the phone so far, I can pretty much do everything while it's on. The main issue right now is, I can't turn it on after it puts itself to sleep. I cannot push the power button.

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    1) is there any way to turn it back on without using the power button?
    2) is there any way to bypass the unlock screen?
    3) can I tell it to never go to sleep? How long will the battery lasts if I do this.

    It will be mounted onto my wheelchair so it shouldn't be accidentally hit or made random calls. My only idea right now is to maybe glue a piece of object on the button and hopefully create enough pressure just by resting my hand on it. Any other solutions or recommendations greatly appreciated. Thanks
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    1) is there any way to turn it back on without using the power button?
    Yes. If you slide the screen out to reveal the physical keyboard, you can turn on the Droid without the use of the power button

    2) is there any way to bypass the unlock screen?
    Yes. There is an app that allows you to essentially skip the unlock screen altogether; however, I don't know the name of the app, sorry.
    Maybe someone will jump in with the details on this app?


    3) can I tell it to never go to sleep? How long will the battery lasts if I do this.
    No. There is a setting for the Screen Timeout, which I believe the longest amount of "up time" is 30 minutes.

    Congrats on getting the Droid and welcome to the forums!
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    myLock from the market will auto unlock your phone. No more having to slide to unlock everytime your phone goes to sleep. You just hit the power button and it will take you to your homescreen. Ive been using it for awhile and it works great. Sometimes after a phone call it will make you slide to unlock but thats the only time i ever see my lock screen.

    Just search myLock in the market. The one you want is "myLock Auto Unlock for 2.0/2.1". After you install it you just open and enable. It also has a widget that allows you to toggle it on and off.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. So I went ahead and put on myLock and that is saving me a step already. As for turning it on, sliding it was also not an option. I don't have enough grip to slide it. If I hit it, it might end up across the room. But, my idea of putting something on the power button seems to be working quite good right now.

    Otherwise, I am really happy with the phone right now.

    Thanks again
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    I prefer "No Lock" to mylock. Its another option for you to try.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    Any reason why? More options? Bugs?
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    Edit: "No Lock" works faster than myLock but the camera and volume buttons wake up the phone which is no good. Going back to myLock.
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    If you want to stop the phone from going to sleep try screebl. Not sure how long the phone will last with the display on at all times. May want to lower the display to the lowest setting.
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    Well, since my little customization is working for now, I may just let it turn itself off. I guess one thing I should be concerned about is if I'm out in public someone can just yank it off my chair. At least if it goes dark it will just look like an electronic part for my chair.
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    If I remember correctly, mylock still showed the lock screen briefly when waking the phone and that bugged me.

    Also it lets you wake the phone with the camera and volume buttons, which I thought may be useful for you.
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    Thanks a lot, I just tried hitting the camera button and I can do that.
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    How are you mounting the phone to your chair? Maybe the car dock would help you. It comes with a pad that you can stick to things. So you can put the mount anywhere you can get the pad to stick. Also you can move the mount in different angles and lock it in place. This way you could mount the phone in a place/angle so that it would make it easier for you to use.

    Edit: if this is already how you are mounting it there are apps that will block the car home from coming up when you put it in the dock.
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    You were just a few minutes late. I just spent the last 15 minutes drilling out the little magnet and an opening for the camera. My research didn't come up with any applications to get rid of the car mode screen. Anyways, yes I am using the car mount but it is pretty big and bulky looking on my chair. I'm going to probably have my brother weld up a new bracket that will look much more slick on the chair. I just have to find the angle that works best first.
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    How did you find the magnet? And you are more brave than me I don't know if I could drill into my droid!
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    The magnet is on the car mount. No way I would drill into the droid :icon_eek:
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    Haha I'm dumb! I read your post and thought you meant the part in the phone that reacts with the magnet. Lol!

    Edit: I almost forgot the app "screen mode widget lite" will keep your phones screen on. But your battery won't last long.
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    is this a motorized chair? Would it be possible to power the droid from the battery on the chair?

    EDIT: the reason i ask is because I think there is a way to force the screen to stay on while plugged in, and this would solve your battery life problem too. I'm sure the power draw off the chair's battery would be negligible.
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    An application can keep the screen on, either at full brightness or allow it to dim part way but not go all the way off. This works either on battery or while plugged in. However obviously battery draw for the screen is significant.

    I believe there are widgets to keep the screen on already available on the market. It'd also be possible to have the application run at boot and I can easily make such an application and post it here or free on the market if there's interest.

    I agree that if the phone could be powered by the chair that would be ideal. If it's a 12V battery then a car charger should work.
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    Yes it is a motorized chair but it runs on two batteries running at 24V if I remember correctly. I haven't researched it much yet but I do know that wheelchair vendors don't like the idea much. With the suggestions so far I have been able to make it work pretty good. Obviously being able to conserve battery power is important as there may be days where I forget to have my helpers plug it in.
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