Questions about with tracking and reducing power-drain for computers or devices.

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Is there a way to tell how long your Mac was turned on on a distinctive day?

I would like to know how long my MacBook Pro was on today - total uptime for the day. I just bought it, and I thought the battery was bad but it went on for longer than I thought. Of course, I wasn't ...
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How to stop OS X from system sleep when the Display sleeps?

On OS X Yosemite I found that all operations interupt once I switch of the monitor for a while. Most notabaly copy processes of large files, simply pause. Every time OS X puts the Display to sleep (or ...
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Don't charge iphone when plugged into macbook?

Is it possible to temporarily keep your iPhone from draining the macbook battery? When I'm out and about I sometimes want to connect my [nearly empty] macbook to my [not so empty] iphone so I can ...
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MacBook Pro doesn't detect power supply

My MacBook Pro (early 2009) doesn't detect when the power supply is connected and doesn't charge. It behaves as if the power supply was not connected to the MBP. It has 56% battery left and runs fine ...
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Only sleep MacBook Air when lid is closed

I have the following power management settings defined for my MacBook Air. Shantanus-MacBook-Air:~ shantanutomar$ pmset -g Active Profiles: Battery Power -1* AC Power -1 Currently in ...
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Only hibernate when closing the lid, display sleep otherwise?

I am looking for a way to hibernate (i.e. RAM saved to HDD then turned off) only when closing the lid. When the lid is opened, I expect OSX to simply turn off the screen after X minutes (i.e. ...
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How to change “Automatically reduce brightness before the display goes to sleep” in Yosemite?

A few OS X releases ago, there was a checkbox in the Energy Saver settings for "Automatically reduce brightness before the display goes to sleep". This doesn't appear to be there any more, and hasn't ...
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How to enable “Click-to-play” in Google Chrome Version 43.0.2357.124 (64-bit)?

I run Google Chrome Version 43.0.2357.124 (64-bit) on OSX Yosemite. I want to enable "Click to play" option, mainly because I would like to lower the power usage of Google Chrome and Google Chrome ...
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Sleep timeout missing from the energy saver preferences

I have two Macbook Pros running on Yosemite. The first one is a 17 incher from 4 years ago. I'm able to set the time that it sleeps. The second one is a 15 incher retina made this year. In its energy ...
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Can I use a Mac mini without the power brick?

I don't have the power brick for my Mac mini with me but I have cord that plugs into the back of it, can I use it without and plug directly into the wall? Any harm? The model is A1347
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How to manage the output power of WiFi network built with Internet Sharing?

I'm asking myself what is the level of radiofrequencies which are passing through me and my neighbourgs. I discovered that my Wi-Fi network is entering the appartments one floor above mine, one floor ...
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How do I get rid of this power assertion from a dead process?

I have the screensaver on my MacBook set to kick in after two minutes of inactivity and require a password immediately after it does. Normally, this works fine, but in the last week or so, the ...
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Printer induced iMac insomnia

Right, I got an odd problem. My iMac keeps waking from sleep, after roughly 10-15 minutes, without any intervention on my part. Looking at syslog, I found that the wake reason is XHC1, which some ...
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MacBook Pro battery percentage jumping down and up

Recently, my 2011 MacBook Pro 13' produces strange instantaneous jumps in battery percentage. Sometimes, when it is discharging, it drops by ~40% (and if it was near or at less then 40%, it shuts down ...
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rMBP different brightness settings on battery and plugged in

Is it somehow possible to manually control the dimming in OS X Yosemite (10.10.2) like Windows 7 power plans? I would like to have one brightness setting, when on battery (30% brightness) and another, ...
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Resetting SMC on a Macbook Pro

About a couple of weeks ago, I tried turning on my Macbook Pro and it seemed completely dead. I plugged in the power cable but it still didn't work. Since it's not under warranty anymore, I opened up ...
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How to know if (and when) a shutdown occurred due to power outage

I have a Mac in a remote location that operates as a server. It's configured (from Energy Management) to automatically power up in case of blackout as the power comes back. How can I tell if a power ...
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Early 2011 MacBook Pro SMC firmware update question

OS has been upgraded to Mavericks. Can I still run the SMC firmware update 1.7 said to be for OS 10.75 and 10.82? Would it hurt anything to try this firmware update with the later OS?
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Can't power on without SMC reset whilst holding power

Grabbed out my old unused White Macbook 13" Mid 2009 (Macbook 5,2) because I'd like to donate it to someone. However, it wouldn't power on or charge (no light on the MagSafe adapter). I worked out ...
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MacBook Pro only boots to grey Apple screen with spinning loader

My MacBook Pro boots to the hated gray screen. Things I have tried to fix this include: Booting with CMD-R (boots to a grey screen) Resetting the PRAM (boots to a grey screen) Resetting SMC (boots ...
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Why does fan increase slowly its speed at boot and system is so slow?

I am given a MacBookAir5,2 [A1466 (EMC 2559)] that is very slow. To give you an idea, a sequence of: Power on Log in and loading the desktop Power off from the menu takes around 10 minutes. The ...
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Don't Sleep Network Connection / VPN

If I let my computer sleep my VPN connection seems to die. Mac shows it as still being up, but nothing over the VPN works until I reconnect and disconnect. I am happy to have a my monitors sleep, but ...
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MacBook Pro late 2011 had GPU problems

I have a MacBook Pro late 2011 and yesterday my external screen suddenly showed glitches on the screen; much like the screenshots you see from other 2011 MacBook Pro's that have a failing GPU. As I ...
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Why Does My MBA Close All My Apps After 5 Mins Idle?

Sometimes if I walk away from my MBA without locking the screen and I return I'll be faced with a login screen. Once I login all my apps I had open are now closed. Sometimes I'll close my MBA lid and ...
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Macbook's “Internal Memory Card Reader” uses 896ma/900ma doing nothing, is this normal?

One a new mid-2014 macbook pro: Internal Memory Card Reader: Product ID: 0x8406 Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.) Version: 8.20 Serial Number: 000000000820 Speed: Up to 5 Gb/sec ...
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How can I determine what kept my macbook pro awake until the battery drained?

I left my laptop unplugged last night and woke up to 0% battery. This is not usually what happens. Is there a way I can find out, this time or next time, what caused that? I assume something was ...
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really bad power consumption on mid-2013 MacBook Air

I'm getting a really bad power consumption on my mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" w/ OS X 10.9.4. I think the issue is that I have too many tabs open in Safari and SeaMonkey, and they're all taking a lot of ...
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2013 Macbook Pro won't power on or wakeup until SMC reset each time.

I recently got a kitten who likes to walk up and down my macbook. I've been pretty good at keeping her off so far, but yesterday she started to trample across the keys. I lifted her off and closed the ...
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Turn off Thunderbolt display in Windows 7 Boot Camp

The Thunderbolt display doesn't have an on/off button, and in OS X I can toggle off the display with control-shift-eject, but how do I toggle it off in Windows 7 Boot Camp?
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SMC Reset Won't Work on Macbook Pro Retina mid-2012

I have followed all the correct steps for carrying out an SMC Reset, however my Mac continues to boot normally. The issues I currently am dealing with are: Slow performance Battery light on power ...
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Is it possible to “shut off” battery charging in OSX [duplicate]

Is it possible to "shut off" battery charging in OSX with an application rather then physically. Could this be done with AppleScript (I doubt it) or will need to be obj-c cocoa application? ...
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Is my SMC damaged?

I have a Macbook Pro running 10.9.3 (13D65), Boot ROM Version: MBP55.00AC.B03 SMC Version (system): 1.47f2 The fans are always running at full rpm and the kernel task used to take up 90% of the ...
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Having trouble with a SMC reset

I'm having trouble with my built in iSight and I'm trying to reset the SMC. My MBP has a non-removable SMC, so the instructions ask me to press CMD-SHIFT-ALT-POWER at the same time, release it at the ...
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Is there a way to tell which OS X processes are using the most power over time? [duplicate]

My Android phone comes installed w/ an app that graphs out power usage of various components over time, so it's clear that the screen is the biggest user, followed by the phone, followed by Facebook ...
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SSH to Macbook works when lid closed (and plugged in to power)

I noticed that my PuTTY session to my MacBook (which is now on Mavericks 10.9.3) seems to stay alive with the clamshell closed so long as the power cable is plugged in to the laptop. This can be seen ...
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How to add sites to the Safari Power Saver exclusion list?

In Safari, a feature I really like is that flash plugins are automatically blocked by default and you have to click in order to start the flash plugin (see, e.g., ...
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Can an Apple Time Capsule be used to store/watch movies on iPads in a car?

I have a 2TB time capsule. I am driving from PA to FL with 3 kids. I have a hundred of so movies/TV shows stored on a 2TB Time Capsule. Can I use a power converter in my minivan to power and use ...
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Loading gif and progress bar on start up

After doing a pram and a smc reset my late 2011 mac book pro 10.8 shows the apple logo on a grey screen with a loading gif and a progress bar which once finished the mac just turns off. I have got ...
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Reset SMC: Can I use “SMCFlasher.efi -reset 1”?

I'm in a situation where I don't have working internal shift+ctrl+alt-keys and thusly unable to perform SMC-reset. Related to others' issues with SMC-updates, there are instructions for re-flashing ...
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How to know if the System Management Controller (SMC) has been reset?

I've recently uninstalled Fan Control, and one of the steps of the uninstallation is that I need to reset the SMC. So I've done that according to the instructions from the Apple website, however how ...
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MacBook Pro 5,1 will only turn on after SMC reset

Resetting the SMC every time the machine is turned off is the only way to turn it back on and when it is on the fans run at max speed etc. etc. (SMC issues). Have tried to swap out HDD and RAM. ...
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How much power can be drawn from the lightning connector by a external device?

How much power can be drawn from the iPhone/iPad lightning connector by a external device? Update: The use case is a audio-related device for iPhone/iPads. It would require around ~100 mA at 3,3 ...
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Is there a way to shutdown mac when screen is turned off?

I have a mac mini, which is connected to a TV using HDMI cable. TV & mini are connected to separate power source, so that I can shutdown TV and mini independently as required. Primary use of mini ...
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Does APNS work over LTE, or only UMTS/GSM and WiFi?

Over at Android Enthusiasts, we are having a discussion of what's more battery-life efficient — having APNS over GSM or UMTS networks during sleep, as TS4264 appears to indicate (thus ...
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High Perf GPU notification on Mavericks

With OS X Mavericks, users are able to use Activity Monitor to view which apps are using the High Perf GPU, therefore, sucking more power from the battery. This is exposed by the 'Requires High Perf ...
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Energy saver 101 : sleeps after or when battery is at x hours?

Using Mac OSX on a macbook pro. in energy saver - battery tab : if i have sleep at 1 hour, does that mean the computer will sleep after an hour on battery OR when there is a about an hour of battery ...
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Difference between autopoweroff and standby in pmset

I just got a new Retina MacBook Pro 15". After getting some downloads interrupted due to the computer going to sleep (even on AC power), I started looking at the man page for the pmset command. I did ...
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MacBook Pro will boot only after a SMC reset

I replaced the hard drive in my MacBook Pro (mid-2010) with a SSD one. I installed Mac OS X 10.9. At first the installer wasn't able to find the new SSD drive, because of a error: "SerialATAPI device ...
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What could be preventing my backup script from running?

I'm having trouble getting a simple backup script to run. The following script runs most of the time, but occasionally it fails entirely (without printing out any log information). Is there something ...
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Can I configure a task to run while my MacBook lid is closed?

Can I use pmset or a utility like Power Manager to have a task (such as an arbitrary script or backup) run at a specific time while my Mavericks MacBook Pro's lid is closed? Are there perhaps pmset ...