Questions tagged [power-management]

Questions about with tracking and reducing power-drain for computers or devices.

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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., http://mac-fusion.com/manage-the-...
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MacBook discharging while plugged in under load

I have the latest Retina MacBook Pro MacBookPro11,2 I quite often have the CPU at about 400%-500% usage (e.g. 4-5 cores at 100%) and also do GPU intensive tasks. While this is happening, the battery ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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 is ...
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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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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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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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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 so if I close the cover of the Macbook Pro running ...
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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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How to keep monitor off when logging in remotely

I'm managing an 8-core mac server (fully updated to Mac OSX 10.8.4, all other software is up to date). Multiple users can login remotely to use the machine. Whenever someone logs in remotely, the ...
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Is there any way to ignore a heat sensor on a macbook pro?

I recently replaced the ribbon cable which connects the top case assembly on my macbook pro 4,1 (early 2008). My keyboard is now working but unfortunately the fans are reving up to 6000 rpms and ...
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How to select which disks are allowed to sleep?

There is an option "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible" in Mac OS X's preferences: Is it possible to configure which disks Mac OS X can put into a sleepy state? For example, I want to leave ...
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How to keep Mac alive during internet connection/download

Since OS X version 10.8.1, my Mac cancels the wifi connection and switches to standby mode, despite having an active download. I can remember that the one advantage of the Mac was that I didn't have ...
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OS X Mountain Lion: Change resolution automatically when on battery

I have a rMBP running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. I normally use the display at a 1680x1050. Is there a way to have the display automatically change resolution to the default retina when on battery, and ...
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Mac wakes on scheduled power event that recreates itself every day

At 2:14 every morning, my Mac wakes. Looking at the logs, I see it's a scheduled event, but nothing shows up in System Preferences > Power. When I go to terminal, and run pmset -g sched, I see ...
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How to avoid a forced shutdown or crash when the MagSafe is plugged in and got loose?

The new MagSafe for the current Macbook Air isn't very strong for its magnetic force, so it can become loose easily. Today I left the Macbook Air unplugged and it went into sleep, and after I plugged ...
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What are some effective ways to save power when using my MacBook Pro?

I have an Early 2011 MacBook Pro (Core i7, 8GB RAM) with Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.2). What are some effective ways to save power? I am looking to maximise use of the battery - from a full charge - on ...
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During an iTunes sync, are MacBooks prevented from going into sleep mode?

I want to know this as I sometimes leave my iPhone unattended while syncing and I want to make sure that there's no cut off to the iPhone sync.
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Macbook Pro Mid 2010 not powering up after smc update

Macbook Pro Mid 2010 after SMC update 1.7 shuts down and now by pressing power button front light turning on for a few seconds, optical drive makes it's usual noise but no activity on monitor happens ...
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While my MacBook sleeps, the network drops off?

I have just moved over to a Macbook Pro from my old Macbook. Thanks to the Migration Assistant, it was an easy task, but I am now having an annoying issue: I have both computers on with all the same ...
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Fusion Drive Setup: Possible to force the HDD to spin down as long as your reading from/writing to the SSD?

I'm considering to replace my optical drive in my MacBook Pro with an SSD. When using it as separate Volume, the advantage is that you can spin down the HDD, thus reduce noise and first and foremost, ...
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Will internal HDD spin down when a Mac is booted from another internal SSD?

On my MacBook Pro, I am planning on removing the optical drive and adding an SSD to the mix. Since Apple doesn't support this configuration, I don't find any official documentation covering SSD in the ...
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Are there any hidden settings to modify default system sleep conditions?

Is it possible in some way to modify conditions when OS X will go to sleep? In my opinion the time delay of system sleep is insufficient. Imagine the situation that we are in the middle of ...
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How much power does a mac mini uses?

I would like to know how much power would a mac Mini consume per month/year if: always powered, but under very low load web server OS, probably Ubuntu two drives: one SSD and one HD. model Early ...
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iMac sleeping even when set to never sleep

Running 10.7.5, I've got a fairly new iMac (6 months old) 27", set to never sleep, yet when I got in to work this morning it was asleep. How to fix this? Output from pmset -g in Terminal: Active ...
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What is the “wake for wifi network access” setting in energy preferences?

Can anyone explain the "wake for wifi network access" setting in energy preferences for me? I do not understand it.