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Why won't closing the lid sleep my MacBook Pro with external monitor attached after upgrading to Lion?

Up until yesterday (with Snow Leopard), closing the lid would cause my MacBook to sleep whether or not the external monitor was connected. Since upgrading to Lion last night, closing the lid when the ...
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Is there any way to set a MacBook Pro to not sleep when you close the lid?

The most common use case I have for this is when I'm playing music over AirTunes, but don't want an open laptop laying around. Or when I'm syncing or downloading something. This isn't the same as ...
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Possible to run scripts on sleep and wake?

MacBook Pro 2010 running OS X Lion. Is it possible to run scripts on sleep and wake events? My specific application is that I've got Dropbox-synced Truecrypt volumes that I regularly use on both my ...
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How can I sleep the display from Terminal?

I'd like to be able to turn my screen off from command line. I know there's the keyboard shortcut ctrl+⇧+⏏ but I want to do it from a shell script or remotely. Is there a way?
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Delay in keyboard responsiveness after wake with Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, now when I open the lid to my 2010 13" MacBook Air, there is a 3-5 second delay between when the screen powers on and when the keyboard will respond to key presses in ...
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Mountain Lion sleeps too aggressively

For me, Mountain Lion always seems to sleep whenever there is no user action, even when the computer is still doing something. In my case it always sleeps in the middle of running a batch operation in ...
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Is a 3-5 second delay normal for a Retina MacBook Pro to wake up from sleep?

For 3 days, I now got a new rMBP. I am a first time Mac user. I had a friend with a MBP and it usually wakes up in a mere second, as soon as he opens the laptop's lid up. However in my Retina MBP, it ...
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Why won't my MacBook Pro automatically sleep?

I have my MacBook set to go to sleep after 2 minutes while on battery (via the Energy Saver preference pane.) However, when I leave it idle, it only turns off the screen—it does not actually sleep. ...
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Put the display to sleep without putting the whole computer to sleep?

I like to use vnc on my ipad on my bed. I want the mac to go to a black screen so I can fall asleep while using the ipad, and not have to get up to shut down the mac afterwards. Is there anyway to ...
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What are the “sleepimage” and “swapfile” documents?

I was using Disk Inventory X and found a file called sleepimage in /private/var/vm/ It takes up 4 GB! I also found numerous other files in the same folder called swapfile0 swapfile1, etc. What are ...
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MacBook Pro won't wake up when stacked on another sleeping MacBook Pro

I noticed a really weird behavior on my MacBook Pro today. I have two of them at work, a 13" late 2011 (which I don't use often), and a 13" early 2011 where I put a SSD (which is my main computer). ...
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Retina MacBook Pro takes a long time to wake from sleep

So here's the thing. The rMBP is on Mountain Lion with all possible updates. When I open the lid I can see the login screen just fine but it is unresponsive for several seconds, can't enter my ...
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Schedule multiple wake up times for Mac?

I have systems running Mac OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.8 that I would like to schedule some cron jobs for with the Cronnix GUI application. I prefer those computers be asleep until the scheduled jobs start. ...
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How to stop MacBook Pro (Retina) from freezing/locking at the login/authentication dialogue, after wake?

Steps to reproduce: Be doing anything Close the lid of the computer Wait around for a while Open the lid of the computer Login prompt for last logged in user appears, battery and time MAY update, ...
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How do you change the behavior of the power button in Lion?

On my Macbook Pro, whenever you press the power button it goes into sleep mode. How do I change this to do nothing?
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Keyboard shortcut to sleep a Mac

I am looking for a quick way to sleep without closing the lid, or using the mouse. If it matters, I have Lion version OS and a MacBook Air.
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Why does my MacBook Pro take so long to go to sleep?

My Macbook Pro takes an awful long time to go to sleep when I close the lid. Considering that I generally want to close the lid and then carry it somewhere, I want it to be fully asleep so I don't ...
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How effective is Deep Sleep Mode?

I got frustrated from turning on my Retina MBP and waiting a few seconds while the systems loads from Deep Sleep Mode. I disabled it using sudo pmset -a standby 0 However, I would like to know what ...
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Can I configure my Macbook to unmount all external drives when I close the lid?

I have a new 13" Macbook Pro running Mavericks. This computer is connected to an external USB drive which I use for my Time Machine backups and for external storage Time Machine backups occur a few ...
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Why does my Mac take a long time (30+ seconds) to find my home wifi?

I have a retina MacBook Pro 15" running Mac OS X 10.9.4. When I wake it from sleep at work, it's connected to the wifi network before I've even entered my password. But at home, with a Airport Extreme ...
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Mountain Lion aggressively hibernates

Recently, my MacBook Pro (mid 2012, 15 inch, 10.8.2) has started going into what seems to be hibernate mode after several hours asleep, whether it's plugged in or on battery. When I unplug it, it ...
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How can I keep my Mac awake AND locked?

I want to leave my Mac awake overnight so it syncs 4GB of data from Dropbox. I need to prevent the machine from going to sleep because that pauses the Dropbox sync I've been using Caffeine to keep ...
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Mac does not sleep automatically in Lion!

My Macbook Pro will not sleep even though it is set in System Preferences → Energy Saver. I do not have any sharing options enabled (System Preferences → Sharing). I do not have "Wake ...
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Waking display from terminal, general waking

This is a two part question. A practical, "how to" question is first, and then I ask for configuration suggestions. First, I put my displays to sleep at night, and I would like to be able to wake ...
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MacBook Air takes an eternity to come out of sleep

For the past few years I've been using a 2008 aluminum MacBook. The day the new airs came out I decided to switch so I purchased one to replace my well used MB. Lion has had its bugs, most of which ...
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Don't wake up external hard disk when saving to internal one

My problem is that I have an external hard drive connected to my Mac. Since it is only used for backup purposes, it is sleeping most of the time. However if I now want to save something (e.g. a ...
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How to fix DNS resolving issues on Mountain Lion after waking from sleep?

After I installed Mountain Lion the other day I've noticed something very annoying. Almost every time I wake my iMac (27", mid-2010, CI7) from sleep: it seems that something DNS-related is broken. ...
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How can I tell whether a drive is asleep?

Is there an application or command-line utility for Mac OS X to query a hard-disk to see if it is 'asleep' or 'awake' right now? (i.e. as controlled by Energy Saver / pmset disk sleeping preferences). ...
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G5 wakes up for no apparent reason

I’ve got a very odd problem with an old G5 of mine. It's a 2.3GHz Dual-Core G5 with Mac OS X 10.5.8. Sometimes, though not always (about 50/50), when putting the computer to sleep, it wakes up after a ...
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Mac Mini 2011 - monitor wakes up messed up

I have an Mac Mini from 2011. Sometimes (I would say 80% of the time) when I wake up the monitors, after they've been sleeping, my main monitor (a Benq G2220HD 22″, connected via DVI → Mini ...
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What happens when I close the lid on my MacBook Pro running OS X?

I'm a new Mac user. What happens when I close the lid on my MacBook Pro running OS X Lion? Is it sleeping? Or hibernating? Something else?
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Will I damage my HDD if I transport my MacBook in sleep mode?

Is it safe to carry MacBook with HDD in a bag while it has been put sleep? I.e. I know there are some risks of hard disk drive damage if one tries to shake them or rotate them while they're working. ...
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External monitor resolution setting is lost after MacBook “wakes up” from sleep

I have recently purchased an external monitor that I am connecting to my MacBook Pro (Late 2009) using the MiniDisplay-to-VGA adapter. I have both the external monitor and the MacBook's monitor set to ...
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Why Does My iMac Wake Itself Up?

I have an early 2009 24" iMac. Lately, when in sleep mode it will occasionally wake up for around ten seconds with the screen off, then go back to sleep. Wake on LAN is turned off so I can't figure ...
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How to store sleepimage on secondary HDD on Mac OS X 10.6?

I have a MBP 2010 with Snow Leopard on it. I put an SSD in the place of DVD Drive and am using an awesome SSD(80GB)+HDD(500GB) combo for speed and efficiency for the right price. All I want to do is ...
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Something keeps waking up my Mac, how do I find out what it is?

I have a Mac Pro that draws about 250 watts (so I read somewhere) when it's running full-bore. It apparently draws less than 90 when it's sleeping. For whatever reasons I like to leave it on ...
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Is it possible to configure Internet Sharing to allow the computer to sleep?

TL;DR: Internet Sharing is preventing my Mac from sleeping. I need to manually sleep the system on a regular basis. I want a way to configure Internet Sharing to stop preventing sleep. I have an ...
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MacBook does not sleep when lid is closed

I've looked around for answers and can't find something that works for me. I have a unibody aluminum MacBook Pro and it just doesn't seem to want to sleep when I close the lid. The problem started ...
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MacBook Pro won’t sleep automatically — no process preventing sleep according to pmset. What’s going on?

i noticed the following problem with my MBP 8,1 running 10.7.2 — automatic sleep just doesn’t happen. Since I usually put my Macbook to sleep manually before leaving the desk etc. I just noticed this ...
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How to get a mac to wait longer for external disk to wake up upon resuming from sleep?

My Mac has an external disk attached, and I often get "disk not ejected properly" warnings after resuming the computer from sleep. These warnings appear only when the disk has spun down during the ...
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Can a MacBook Pro reliably wake a Cinema Display when both are sleeping?

I use a MacBook Pro with a Cinema Display and every time when I wake the MacBook Pro, the cinema display wakes first and the MacBook Pro display seems to stay in a sleep mode until I press the Detect ...
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How to not let the system sleep when putting display to sleep with Ctrl+Shift+Eject in Mountain Lion?

In Lion I always used Control ⌃+Shift ⇧+Eject ⏏ to put my display to sleep when I walked away from my computer. The system would continue running and not go to sleep. Now in Mountain Lion when I put ...
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How to prevent Mac sleep from command line?

I have a long running script at the remote computer. I don't want terminate my ssh session, and need enter it into a shell script. How is it possible to prevent my Mac from falling into sleep from ...
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Using The Terminal Command to Shutdown, Restart and Sleep My Mac?

I'm getting more interested in using Terminal as an alternative way to address solutions on my Mac. I have seen this question entitled "Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?". I would ...
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Can I schedule startup and shutdown with different settings for weekdays and weekends?

Everyday, I usually start my Mac Mini at 16:00 and shutdown it at 2:00 using the Energy Saver schedule settings. I would like to be able to set a different behavior on the Weekends starting Mac Mini ...
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How do I require password prompt EVERY time I close my MacBook's lid?

This doesn't seem to always work. Also (perhaps related?): when I close the lid of the laptop when it's connected to the Thunderbolt display, how do I make the display go black? Basically, I am ...
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Swiping trackpad no longer wakes Macbook Pro from sleep in OS X Lion

Since upgrading my Late 2010 MacBook Pro to OS X Lion, I noticed that swiping my finger across the trackpad no longer wakes it from sleep mode. Clicking the trackpad or pressing a key on the keyboard ...
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MBP 17" (2010) goes to sleep and can't wake it up

My laptop goes to sleep and when I open the lid it wakes up just fine (or I move the mouse if I didn't close the lid). Now sometimes when I open the lid, it doesn't wake up. The status light which ...
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Does closing the lid put a MacBook Pro to sleep? Would it hurt the computer if I carry it around without shutting it down?

When I first got my MacBook Pro, it took less than 30 seconds to start up. Now, after several months, it takes about two minutes to startup and I can tell that it is not as responsive when using some ...
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Why are there two different sleep states on a MacBook?

It seems that there are two different sleep states on my MacBook: Sleep State 1: Invoked by: closing the lid or by the sleep timer. Awaken by: touching the trackpad, clicking the trackpad, pressing ...