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OS X falling asleep on the job

Message #1 - Posted 2001/05/08 - Joshua Whalen

Hello, again, everyone!

I've got a kool new OS X bug! Here's how it works:

I walk away from my 1999 PBG3 w/320 MB ram, and I
come back 20 minutes later, and the screen is black. This is to be expected, since I have energy saver on. I tap the space bar, or tap the track pad, and the screen turns into a grey dotted blankness, with the faintest hint of a cursor blinking about where the login dialog would be. The screen stays grey and evenly blank while I type in my name and password, and then the computer logs me in and starts a new session, with no hint of whatever was happening before. The grey fuzz disappears once the finder has started up. Now, I have scoured my system looking for where the setting would be that configured my mac to log me out and end my session after some here-to-for unknown period of time. As far as I can tell, and I've checked every system pref, including some that had no chance whatsoever of being relevant for this (being thorough, ya know?) I don't have anything set that would do this.

For what it's worth, this mysterious behavior started after I installed 10.0.2, and it's a big problem for me, since I do a lot of 3D and After Effects work, and leaving the machine unattended for weeks (seriously) is a big issue. Anyone got a clue? I love editing text files, so XML values are welcome. TIA!

Joshua

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Message #2 - Posted 2001/05/08 - Kevin Craig

Previously, Joshua Whalen wrote:

I walk away from my 1999 PBG3 w/320 MB ram, and I come back 20 minutes later, and the screen is black. This is to be expected, since I have energy saver on. I tap the space bar, or tap the track pad, and the screen turns into a grey dotted blankness, with the faintest hint of a cursor blinking about where the login dialog would be.

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For what it's worth, this mysterious behavior started after I installed 10.0.2

Dittos here. I have the same problem with my B&W G3/350, and it started after I upgraded to 10.0.2. I've been trying to watch more closely what I was doing before such things happen, to formulate an accurate bug/problem report.

My experience varies slightly from yours, in that I don't have to log in again, but I'm set up as a single user with auto login; that could be the difference. But, I'll leave several apps running but not active, come back after the system has gone to sleep, and find a "greyed-out" screen. All my applications have quit, so it's apparent there was a Finder restart while I was away.

My desktop only comes back in sections; I find the only way to get rid of the grey is to open a window and "sweep" the entire desktop with it. I also have seen colored vertical banding on the left quarter of the screen. Even when the grey is gone, if I move a window to the left, it fills up with "noise".

I hope this one gets resolved soon; it's quite annoying.

Kevin

Message #3 - Posted 2001/05/08 - Kevin Craig

Previously, Kevin Craig wrote:

My experience varies slightly from yours, in that I don't have to log in again, but I'm set up as a single user with auto login; that could be the difference. But, I'll leave several apps running but not active, come back after the system has gone to sleep, and find a "greyed-out" screen. All my applications have quit, so it's apparent there was a Finder restart while I was away.

Aaaarghhh! Just happened again. :-(

This time I couldn't recover; I had to hit the reset button to restart. I had a totally grey screen, and nothing was responsive. This happened in roughly 5 minutes, while I was away fixing a snack.

The following apps were running: Internet Connect (hidden); MSIE; Ircle; AIM; Gerry's ICQ; and Eudora.

I just checked my Energy Saver control panel, and I'd set times of 30 minutes for System sleep, and separate 5 minute limits for the display and the hard disk. I suspect the different "sleep" times may have a role in this. I just unchecked them, and we'll see from here.

Kevin

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