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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, 2011 at 12:01
  • seriously, nothing? Nobody ever experienced that on a Mac?
    – fudo
    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:02

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

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  • Haha, funny. :)
    – fudo
    Dec 10, 2014 at 0:32

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