Disabling the sleep light

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  1. TheFish macrumors member

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    Dose anyone know how you can disable the flashing light your moniter gives off when your computers asleep?
     
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    If you can't do it through controls, try a piece of duct tape cut to fit it exactly. That or a thin piece of opaque plastic that you can superglue to the light.

    D
     
  3. MacMaelstrom macrumors member

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    If I bought a expensive mac, last thing I'D do would be superglue something to it. That'll be, like, permanent
     
  4. frescies macrumors regular

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    uhhh

    I have one and it has a sleep light..... ???????
     
  5. TheFish thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a 17" imac, and as for covering it up, ive put put on 15 post it notes on it and the thing still shines through the paper and you can still see the light from the back.
     
  6. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    So I'm really curious as to why this is such a huge issue.

    A good thick coating of paint (several coats maybe) might work as well.

    D
     
  7. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    My previous boss used to flip out on it.
    "Why is you computer blinking at me?"
    "Jou know it's hard to concentrate when it stares at me."
    "If it just blinked on and off I could handle it, but dim-light-dim-light... just turn it off."

    The HAL them on the central server bothered her also.

    My former girlfriend used to put her clothes on top of my iBook so that she could sleep.
     
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  9. TheFish thread starter macrumors member

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    a bit neurotic

    hah alright then, i think ill just throw a shirt over the moniter.
     
  10. Cale macrumors newbie

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    I take it from this thread of non-answers that there is there no way to disable it? My iBook lights up the whole room :p
     
  11. teabgs macrumors 68030

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    not unless you want to void your warranty ;)
     
  12. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    I find throwing clothes on the computer the best thing. My Power Mac and PowerBook light up the whole room as well, and it makes it difficult for me to sleep.
     
  13. floatingspirit macrumors 6502

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    I know I'm stressed out right now, but you could:

    Apply a screwdriver directly over the blinking light and then apply your basic hammer's head to the top of the screwdriver and, well, there you HAD it.

    As an absolute last resort: Buy a Dell
     
  14. 3-22 macrumors regular

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    Blink Blink..

    It's a cool effect now that I moved the mac out of the bedroom into my office. That pulsing light would light up the room... I placed a CD case in front of the display sometimes before i went to bed but usually just turned off the computer completly.
     
  15. Cale macrumors newbie

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    ACK! The light would have to be giving me skin cancer before I went that route. :p

    I work computer support for the College of Education at my school, dealing with both platforms, and Dell seems to be shipping out pretty shoddy hardware these days...

    (BTW, the iBook technically belongs to my school, so while I appreciate the advice, hammer + screwdriver probably would not be the most desirable method. Too hard to explain. "I... uh... fell down some stairs...")
     
  16. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    I doubt there's a way to disable it without physically opening it. Just throw some clothes over it. Or you can turn it around and point it at the wall or something, that's what I do (wife complained.)

    You never realize how bright it is until you put it in a pitch-black room. My PowerMac is the same way ...sleeping in the same room is like sleeping a lighthouse sometimes.
     
  17. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    yeah the ibook light is a bit big ... on the powerbooks its not bad but its also i nthe button so the idea of coverign it is less than ideal
    can't you put a sticky not overit before oyu goto bed but something that will easily come off
     
  18. Maritan macrumors regular

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    Me, I just put it flush against the wall... so almost no light escapes to disturb me.

    Works well enough for me, but then I'm told that I will probably sleep through earthquakes too.
     
  19. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    <off topic> scary as hell when one wakes you up though ... </off topic>
     
  20. FriarTuck macrumors 6502

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    If only there was such a thing as a sleep light when I was in college.... :daydream:

    Her: "That light on your computer is wrecking the mood. Isn't there anything you can do?"

    Him: "Only one cure for that, honey. Take off your sweater and put it over the light."
     
  21. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Turn your computer off.

    That should stop the light.
     
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    I do one of 3 things:

    1. Leave the computer on. Usually I can sleep better with it on, possibly due to the constant hum.

    2. Put it to sleep and lean a piece of cardboard over the front. I keep a piece handy for that very purpose.

    3. Just turn it off. I haven't ended up doing that very much.

    There might be some Open Firmware commands that can adjust the light. I remember someone saying that one of the OS X updates made his sleeping computer take shorter breaths.
     
  23. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    My roommate was annoyed with it the first couple of nights after I got my new PowerBook because the white light can be pretty intense so I just have to set it on my desk facing backwards against the backing of the desk a little to "muffle" the light.
     
  24. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Of course, you can always set it not to sleep...
     

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