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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 check if SMC is functioning OK?

Is there a way to check if the System Management Controller (SMC) is working with no issues on MacBook Pro 13' Early 2011? Can I run selective Apple Hardware Tests to check only specific hardware ...
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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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I need EFI Firmware and SMC for Macbook Late 2009 (6,1)

Like from title. I need to reinstall SMC and EFI Firmware for Macbook Unibody White Late 2009 (6,1), but I don't find the EFI and SMC for my model on Apple Support page. Where can I find them ?
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External drive remain in stand by after Wake up

I have a WD My Book external drive connected to my iMac 27" via USB 3.0 The drive is initially in a stand by mode (drive doesn't spin, it's visible in disk utility). Now when backup script starts, it ...
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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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iMAC 20-inch - Early 2008 - Brightness automatically dims, no settings to prevent this

My display automatically dims itself after a while and it's really annoying. Of course I tried to search for a solution, but I've got no options like the answers say. They mention "Energy Saver", and ...
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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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Mountain Lion OS: disable the power management/power save mode for the wireless nic

I've been using Macbook Pro and 10.8.5 Mountain Lion OS. My question is : Is it possible to disable the power management/power save mode for the wireless nic in os x?
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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 ...
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What are the different sleep modes on Mavericks MacBook Pros?

I'm confused about the different sleep modes on Mavericks MacBook Pros: PowerNap, App Nap, DarkWake, sleep, system sleep, display sleep, standby, hibernation, etc.? What do these terms mean and how ...
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What is the difference among the various event schedulers for OS X / Darwin?

I'm confused about the differences among the three (that I know of) tools for scheduling running of code on OS X / Darwin: cron launchcd pmset I understand that cron is largely deprecated, but it ...
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Repeated Kernel Panics & Freezing on Late 2012 Mac Mini 6,1. Help please with the Log

I've had massive problems with my Mac Mini recently. It has been freezing and rebooting after around 10 to 50 minutes use. It's a Late 2012 Mac Mini 6,1 with 8gb of memory. The problems got worse ...
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iMac 27″ (2013) is shut down but fan run at full speed [duplicate]

I have this 'fan runs when I power down the iMac' issue with my 2013 27″ iMac purchased in January. My iMac has worked flawlessly until yesterday, after a few days ago I started to use the USB hub ...
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MacBook Pro not responding to power button

My Mac wont start up even with full battery and charger plugged in... There is no sound, no screen or any disk movement. The same thing also happened a few weeks back and when I took it to the repair ...
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MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010) SMC Firmware Update 1.8 Won't install

I am running 10.8.5 OSX with late 2010 MacBook Air 11-inch. I have had the "MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 1.8" in my updates window now for at least a few months. I constantly hit update, and it ...
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How to pesistently configure a Macmini4,1 to boot after power failure?

I do have a Macmini4,1 (2010) and I want to use it as a server so it will always start even after a power failure. Please remind that I am running Ubuntu on it, not OS X. Still, based on what I ...
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Does setting the Computer Sleep setting to 'Never' prevent sleep? [duplicate]

I'm running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on several servers. We're about to ship them off to a colo provider, and I wanted to prevent them from sleeping. My question is, does setting the System ...
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delay after opening lid display dark until key pressed

okay so my MBP Mid 2010 was took a little tumble (it was in a felt sleeve which was inside a backpack) today and since has been acting weird. when i open the lid, the login screen does not come back ...
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My MacBooks don't give low power notifications with Mavericks

I upgraded 2 MacBooks to Mavericks recently. Everything was OK for a week, then I started to experience power failures at low batteries on both of them. Looks like as if OS regularly 'forgets' to ...
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Is InsomniaX working on Mavericks?

It seems to me that InsomniaX, a utility to let a MacBook stay awake when the lid is closed, is not working on Mavericks. Can anyone confirm for me?
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What do the “Energy Impact” numbers displayed in the new OSX 10.9 mean and how are they calculated? [duplicate]

I love the new energy tab in OSX 10.9 mostly because I love data about my machine. I'm curious how the energy impact is calculated, and what the number represents. It seems clear from using the OS ...
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Mac doesn’t go to sleep after inactivity

Before updating to Mavericks, my Mac would go to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity, which is usually 10 minutes after I turn the screens off using Shift+Ctrl+Eject. However, since the update, the ...
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Is there a way to recognise active applications that are not being used so a script could shut them down?

Is there a way to recognise active applications that are not being used so a script could shut the down? I'd like to recognise an application that is running but has not accepted keystrokes recently ...
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Macbook Pro is unresponsive for about a minute when waking up. Is this normal?

Whenever I wake up my 2012 Macbook Pro after it's been asleep for a few hours, the screen turns on, but it is unresponsive for about a minute. During this time, the mouse cursor does not move at all ...
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Stop auto-dimming automatically

I've noticed my Mac didn't retain the brightness I set with the keys. How do you stop it from auto-dimming?
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Macbook air wouldn't turn on until after I reset the SMC. Does this indicate any further problems?

I put my macbook air to sleep this afternoon by closing its lid, as I usually do. When I got home a few hours later it wouldn't turn on and didn't respond to the power button being hit. I followed ...
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How to make a Mac (Macbook Pro) not hibernate?

I have already set in the Energy Saver of System Preferences that Computer sleep: on Battery Power, Never when plugged in, Never But still if I close the cover of the Macbook Pro ...
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MacBook Pro Hibernates Straight Away

Whenever my Mac goes to sleep when its on battery, it straight away saves its contents to the hard drive and powers off, going into a deep sleep. This gets really annoying when I walk away for 10 ...
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MacBook Pro Fails to Sleep Properly

I have a MacBook Pro 17" (late 2009 model) 2.8ghz Core2 Duo running MacOs 10.8.4 which has developed a problem going to sleep which I've been trying to isolate for the past several months. Here is one ...