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I have a 2008 aluminum Macbook running Snow Leopard, and I have set it to ask for my account's password after 4 hours inactivity. However, it sometimes asks for it much earlier, after just a few minutes of inactivity. This also happens when waking the Mac up from (a short) sleep, but when that happens, the screen usually stays completely dark: I know it's actually asking for my password because if I enter it, the screen "unlocks" and starts working normally; if I press Esc instead, the computer stops again (and works normally if I wake it up again).

This appears to be a random behavior that I cannot reproduce at will. It happens quite often after a stop, but only rarely otherwise (i.e. without sleeping).

Does anybody have a clue about what could be going on?

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this just earned me a Tumbleweed. Yay? – fudo Jul 5 '11 at 12:01
seriously, nothing? Nobody ever experienced that on a Mac? – fudo Jul 5 '11 at 12:02

Go to System Preferences > Security and Privacy > General and disable Require Password.

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Haha, funny. :) – fudo Dec 10 '14 at 0:32

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