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This is a new question related to a question I asked previously.

MacBook is sleeping despite being set to "never" sleep

Basically, the MacBook would sleep after 3 hours despite the preferences telling it to "never" sleep.

I fixed the original problem by deleting the Energy Saver plist file.

However, after two weeks, it broke again and the original problem came back. I have no doubt that I can just fix it by deleting the preference file again.

Obviously something external is botching up the Energy Saver preference file. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how I can determine what could be causing this problem in the first place.

EDIT:

Trashing the Energy Saver plist file no longer fixes this issue. I've removed Caffeine and I'm out of ideas. I can't even effectively troubleshoot this since it takes three hours just to see if it will sleep or not. What else can I do? Where else can I look?

  • Do you use any applications that manipulate sleep settings? Such as Caffeine or InsomniaX? – Jason Salaz Nov 24 '11 at 22:38
  • @JasonSalaz, I have Caffeine installed but have not used it within the last few weeks, maybe not for a month or more. AFAIK, Caffeine only prevents "Display Sleep" and my issue is with System Sleep. You're thinking that Caffeine maybe is corrupting the plist file? – Sparky Nov 25 '11 at 4:19
  • I don't imagine Caffeine is corrupting anything if you're not actually using it. It was just an idea that came to mind. FYI, Caffeine prevents any/all sleep, not just display sleep. – Jason Salaz Nov 25 '11 at 11:15
  • @JasonSalaz, I trashed the prefs file again and updated Caffeine to the latest version. It went to sleep again last night though. I'm getting pretty frustrated with this. – Sparky Nov 25 '11 at 16:54
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Perhaps you should try resetting the SMC, as described here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3964

  • I ended up deep cleaning all the caches as well as your suggestion of resetting the SMC. Last night, it finally stayed awake. – Sparky Nov 29 '11 at 15:11

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