Powerbook restarts when idle

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by AIen, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2004
    Hi I ust switched from Windows to Mac and so far it's been a great experience. However, I'm having 2 problems that seems to happen consistently and I cant figure out why.

    1. Whenever I leave my computer on for the night plugged in to the power supply, the next morning i wake up it is always at the log in screen. I dont know if it just restarted or if it just logged off. But when I logged in none of my application tha I was running before are running when I logged in which leads me to beleive it restarts. I have put hard drive to sleep unchecked as well as restart when there's a power failure thinking it would help the problem but it didn't.

    2. Sometimes when I'm typing, the little blanker would randomly pop back to a random place in the beginning of a sentence. Say I'm typing "How are you? I'm good thank you" it would sometimes hop and make me type something like "HoI'm good thank youw are you?" I think it would be because my hand skinned the touchpad causing the cursor to go back.

    Any of you guys experienced these problems and would like to comment on it? Your help is much appreciated.
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2002
    Mountain View, California
    Logging out closes all your programs. To find out when was the last time your computer was started, open a terminal window and type uptime.
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Yes, exactly right. My PB does this as well.

    I don't know if there's a fix, so I just try to keep my hands elevated when typing. Or, I plug in an external mouse. I have my laptop set to ignore all trackpad input when an external mouse is plugged in.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2004
    thank you very much, is there a reason my computer logs off when it's idle?
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2004
    thanks mac_gal, so you don't experience this when you have an external mouse plugged in right?
  6. macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2004
    It might be a security setting...

    If you look in Security under System Preferences, see if the 'log out after xx minutes of activity' box is checked. My Powerbook started doing this once and it confused the daylights out of me until I found that I must have checked that setting at one point. Best of luck!

    BTW, this is my first post to Macrumors. Hey. :)
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2004
    Thank you very very much. I believe that just solved my problem. Your first post is a very helpful one, I really appreciate it.
  8. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    i once in a while get random switch users; but im thinking i must have hit a key combo no work lost tho luckily enough
  9. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2004
    That's right. I've set my computer to ignore all trackpad info if I have an external mouse plugged in. This is a setting, so it won't do that automatically. You can set this at:

    Finder > Applications > System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Trackpad

  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    You can also get a pref panel called SideTrack

    It has a bunch of other handy features that make the mac easier to use without an external mouse.

    It is pretty handy and you can set it to ignore the trackpad while you are typing. That also may solve your problems.

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