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#1  tomsem 11-15-2018, 01:56 AM
My Fire HD8 (2017) mostly just sits in its Show Dock these days. It has been weeks since I picked it up and did anything with it, and at that time it was pulling down On Deck video content. (Have 64GB SD card and it is set to download there) But I was not watching any of it.

Last night I thought I’d check for updates (indeed ‘5.3.6.4’ and a few component updates were waiting). I checked Downloaded content: nothing there. Checked again today: still nothing. I turned it off and then back on again, and will see if that did anything.

Just curious if this is a feature you use and if it works as expected.
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#2  stumped 11-15-2018, 04:25 AM
on deck is an option that you can toggle ON or off, ( I think from within the prime video app) . maybe you, or a recent update, turned it off ? or maybe it does not work in show mode? ask amazon.
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#3  tomsem 11-16-2018, 02:17 AM
Quote stumped
on deck is an option that you can toggle ON or off, ( I think from within the prime video app) . maybe you, or a recent update, turned it off ? or maybe it does not work in show mode? ask amazon.
Yes, I checked the setting and it is enabled. There is no reason that I can think of that Show mode should interfere (if there is one, then it is a poorly implemented feature).

I was just curious to know if it is working for anyone. I probably should try the forums on amazon.com, they’re probably more active about issues like this.
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#4  stumped 11-16-2018, 02:29 AM
as I recall - on deck only downloads when tablet is sleeping, maybe it does not" sleep" in show mode? an easy test is take it out of the dock, let it sleep in normal mode, see if anything downloads
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#5  tomsem 11-16-2018, 05:42 PM
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as I recall - on deck only downloads when tablet is sleeping, maybe it does not" sleep" in show mode? an easy test is take it out of the dock, let it sleep in normal mode, see if anything downloads
I am curious enough to try that when I have a chance. But if it works, it is a bug, IMO: it should be able to download on deck stuff in Show mode.
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#6  stumped 11-17-2018, 02:01 AM
Quote tomsem
I am curious enough to try that when I have a chance. But if it works, it is a bug, IMO: it should be able to download on deck stuff in Show mode.
well FWIW, I got around to looking at show mode, on my 2017 Fire HD 10, I checked I have the correct + latest software. but with parental/purchase controls ON, it still blocks alexa and refuses to even offer the show mode option until i disable ALL my safety controls.

so they can keep it - I am looking into google home +screen devices instead which are much more child safe.

some better news: I linked our alexa echo to fire TV and that works well
I can say alexa open netflix/plex/i player/you tube and it turns on my TV, selects source and launches the app. The youtube workaround has also improved. it remembers the choice of browser and so youtube.com app goes straight into youtube ( in firefox or Silk) with one tap

that should work on a show time mode tablet also ?

next up will be to see if I can get google photos to work in browser on a fire tablet that has not had google services etc side loaded
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#7  Blossom 11-19-2018, 06:57 PM
I turned it off along time ago and it seemed buggy. My tablet was overheating and use up the battery from all the downloading. After I turned it off the tablet seemed to run better at least to me it did. I don't know if I turned it off on hubby's Fire I forget. He seldom uses it. I'll have to check.
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#8  stumped 11-20-2018, 01:14 AM
i turned on deck off as its pointless. on a decent internet connection, I can download a show in a few minutes, any time I choose, either from amazon or from netflix.
& amazon are so fussy about allowing videos to stream offline, its not worth using for that scenario either.

your tablet should overheat from file download though - that is not at all taxing compared to say playing an action game
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#9  Blossom 11-20-2018, 01:55 AM
My 6 and 7 KFs get super warm no matter what I am using. The 8 not so much. I call my HD7 my hand warmer.
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#10  stumped 11-20-2018, 02:21 AM
ok - probably size related than - I have hd 8 & 10, both stay cool.

i recall that the 1st gen fire tv sticks ( which were smaller than current models) also got very hot

but still - a show or movie download does not stress the CPU [ or the GPU if it is not actually streaming] so should generate much less heat than playing games
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