For The 11 Zillionth Time, Do Not Turn Off The Damn TV!

Another tale of When Cheap Meets Real World, as spotted by reader …

My guess – some crappy Android HDMI stick that’s powered by the TV’s USB. TV goes off, stick powers off, and doesn’t come back without a fight when TV powered back on.

If so, simple, smart remedy is to plug stick power in wall or something other than USB port.

Other guesses?

Taped-on note really finishes off the end-cap nicely.  The vendor really busted the design budget on this.


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  • My background is in retail and I cringe every time I see something like this. It happens a lot, and it’s easy to prevent. Many CMS products let you put the TV into sleep mode overnight, or you can just end the program at the end of the day and switch to a blank image. There are so many ways to deal with this but I guess nothing beats a handwritten sign!

  • MN says:

    No warranty for you!!! 🙂

  • Ken Goldberg says:

    You get what you pay for. It should be noted that at least the TV didn’t go up in flames.

  • Guy Tonti says:

    You are correct, do not count on the USB from the TV for power to the stick.

    …but don’t be so quick to blame Android…

    Windows ships with Intel’s graphics software as standard, which does not cache the HDMI/EDID information 🙁

    So if the TV only sends EDID during power on (ie, inexpensive models like Spectre, Haier, do not respond to EDID handshake requests) and the player with Intel graphics reboots while the TV is off (which you should do every day or so with Windows), the player has no EDID/HDMI information and defaults to 800×600.

    – insert an EDID emulator (either standalone or via a switching system)
    – don’t buy cheap TVs
    – use a player with NVidia graphics software

    Voice of experience… 🙁

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