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intel Imac - wont go to sleep (another)

Message #1 - Posted 2007/06/28 - tony

hey folks,

i have an intel based 20" imac sitting on my desk, w/ a second monitor connected & running xp in parallels. even tho i have it enabled, my mac will not go to sleep mode by itself; it will go to sleep if i use the apple menu. it will shut the displays off w/o problems.

i thought id see if there were any discoveries or consensus on this subject, which seems to be popping up occasionally.

as far as usb devices, i have:

- the standard keyboard
- ms optical mouse plugged into keyboard
- Western Digital MyBook USB 2 external harddrive

..there is no movement of the mouse preventing sleep. the WD claims it will go to sleep when a computer tells it to (confirmed w/ manually- induced sleep).

im going to try some things when i get home, like unplugging the mouse, and shutting down parallels (cant remember if ive tested for that), and will report back.

thanks,
sm

Message #2 - Posted 2007/06/28 - Kevin McMurtrie

Previously, tony wrote:

hey folks,

i have an intel based 20" imac sitting on my desk, w/ a second monitor connected & running xp in parallels. even tho i have it enabled, my mac will not go to sleep mode by itself; it will go to sleep if i use the apple menu. it will shut the displays off w/o problems.

i thought id see if there were any discoveries or consensus on this subject, which seems to be popping up occasionally.

as far as usb devices, i have:

- the standard keyboard
- ms optical mouse plugged into keyboard
- Western Digital MyBook USB 2 external harddrive

..there is no movement of the mouse preventing sleep. the WD claims it will go to sleep when a computer tells it to (confirmed w/ manually- induced sleep).

im going to try some things when i get home, like unplugging the mouse, and shutting down parallels (cant remember if ive tested for that), and will report back.

thanks,
sm

Unplugging the mouse is definitely worth a try. I used to have a macally RfMouseJr that always prevented the computer from sleeping because it was twitchy. I drew an "X" on the cradle under the sensor and it worked much better but I still ended up junking it to save power.

Message #3 - Posted 2007/06/29 - SpaceMarine

On Jun 29, 12:14 am, Kevin McMurtrie wrote:

because it was twitchy. I drew an "X" on the cradle under the sensor and it worked much better but I still ended up junking it to save power.

thats interesting, ill need to try something like that. my tests were foiled this morning, gf beat me to the computer.

sm

Message #4 - Posted 2007/07/02 - SpaceMarine

ok did some initial tests, unplugging equipment and quitting software. MS optimal mouse does not appear to interfere w/ sleep; when i have a fresh system w/ nothing running its fine.

the parallels 3 beta may be preventing sleep. i havent done thorough tests yet, but so far (couple nites) when its closed, the system has slept.

sm

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