After the latest update (10.8.3), I encountered a problem. When my external Acer monitor is connected (via HDMI) while trying to put my MacBook Pro into sleep mode, everything works fine. But suddenly, after a few seconds, the HDD seems to wake up (I think its the HDD because of the noise) and to sleep again and wake up again. This happens all the time in 10-20 sec. time intervals. Furthermore, this only happens when the monitor is in standby. When I turn off the monitor via key or unplug the cable, the HDD stays in sleep mode. It seems like it's sending some data, which prevents the MacBook from going completely into sleep mode. I also connected it to my TV. There were no problems when connected to the TV. It seems like it's only happening with the Acer monitor.

Any suggestions how to fix this?

  • Can you provide more information about the Model of Acer monitor you are using? Maybe this monitor it is utilizing some kind of signaling over HDMI? The kind of thing that certain DVD players can do to automatically turn on a TV, when you turn on the DVD player.
    – MrDaniel
    Mar 15, 2013 at 16:44
  • Yes, it the very thin Acer S242HL. Do you think it could solve this issue with an vga to mini display port adapter? The macbook goes in sleep mode, only what you can hear is the turning on/off process of the hdd i think. I also tried smc controller reset.
    – Peter
    Mar 15, 2013 at 17:00

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Can you open console after that and search for "wake"? There should be something like "kernel: Wake reason: " I think it may give a hint.

PS sorry, don't have enough rep to post it as comment

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