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I can't get my 2012 13" MacBook Pro to standby (note: NOT regular sleep, see

My pmset -g results are:

Active Profiles:
Battery Power       -1
AC Power        -1*
Currently in use:
 standbydelay   1800
 standby    1
 womp       0
 halfdim    0
 panicrestart   157680000
 hibernatefile  /var/vm/sleepimage
 sms        0
 networkoversleep   0
 disksleep  0
 sleep      0
 hibernatemode  3
 ttyskeepawake  0
 displaysleep   10
 acwake     0
 lidwake    1

Anyone has any idea what might go wrong which would prevent standby? Note: regular sleep works fine, but it does not enter standby after a period of time. I also reset the PRAM and SMC.

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I don't think it's supported on your 13" MacBook Pro. From the KB article you linked (emphasis mine):

Apple Portables that support standby mode are:

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2010) and later
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)

I parse the text in italics to mean the Mid 2012 Retina MacBook Pro, not "Mid 2012 MBP and Retina MBP". This is further corroborated by the reference to the flash storage later on, which is only included by default on the MacBook Air and Retina MBP.

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CanuckSkier is correct - the terminology is from this site where it's clear (retina, date) is different from (date). No non-retina MacBook Pro support this standby mode today. It's not yet clear if Mountain Lion and Power Nap will expand the list of "standby" eligible hardware. – bmike Jul 10 '12 at 22:41
I think you might be wrong. From the pmset man page: "The setting standby will be visible in pmset -g if the feature is supported on this machine". Why would it be visible in pmset -g if it's not supported for my machine? – bogdansrc Jul 10 '12 at 23:31
I think the standby option in pmset is similar, but unrelated to the standby function in that article. As noted in man pmset, it's related to the hibernation. If you google around, you can also see plenty of evidence of standby getting set to 1 on pre-2012 MBPs as well. – robmathers Jul 11 '12 at 0:10
What makes you believe they are different? The functionality is the same (save RAM to disk after a period of regular sleep). Even if different, shouldn't either the pmset standby or the article standby work? – bogdansrc Jul 11 '12 at 1:20

I can get my mid-2012 15" MBP to standby. Actually I got it to work after reading this post. I noticed the requirements for standby to work in the doc

My previous failed attempts were with my USB wireless mouse plugged in. So I removed USB receiver and detach power then close the lid, then after about 5 mins my MBP went to hibernate. Here's my pmset settings:

# pmset -g custom
Battery Power:
 lidwake              1
 standbydelay         300
 standby              1
 ttyskeepawake        1
 hibernatemode        3
 gpuswitch            2
 hibernatefile        /var/vm/sleepimage
 displaysleep         2
 sleep                10
 acwake               0
 halfdim              1
 sms                  1
 lessbright           1
 disksleep            10
AC Power:
 lidwake              1
 standbydelay         300
 standby              1
 ttyskeepawake        1
 hibernatemode        3
 gpuswitch            2
 hibernatefile        /var/vm/sleepimage
 womp                 0
 displaysleep         10
 networkoversleep     0
 sleep                0
 acwake               0
 halfdim              1
 sms                  1
 disksleep            10

Need to mention that I replaced the original apple internal hard disk with a SSD disk. Not sure if this is a critical factor.

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What exactly (which commands) did you do to change the settings? – patrix Oct 8 '12 at 20:20

By the way, my Macbook Pro (non-Retina and with normal HDD) can hibernate (hibernatemode 25) and standby (hibernatemode 3 standby 1).

For standby, it only does so if power is disconnected and there are no USB devices attached.

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