Strange spontaneous sleep problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mduser63, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. mduser63 macrumors 68040

    mduser63

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    I'm (or more accurately my brother) having a problem with my Power Mac G5 (see sig). Often when my brother logs into his account, he works for a minute or so and then the machine goes to sleep for no apparent reason. He insists that he's not doing anything out of the ordinary, just using Safari, and isn't bumping the power button or anything like that. Any ideas on what could be causing this? The machine is running an up to date 10.3.9. The problem NEVER occurs for me using my login, so I really don't think it's a hardware problem, and figure it must be a software issue. I use the machine a lot more than him, for a lot more intensive work, and I figure that if it was a hardware problem, I'd see it happen at least as much as he does, but like I said, it's never happened to me even once. I've tried to check the logs, but I'm not really sure which logs to check. One of the system logs reports the sleep events, and I can see that wake from sleep (before he logs in) and a subsequent sleep event are minutes if not seconds apart, but there are no errors that I can tell reported in the same log.

    Could it be some background process that is unique to his login? The system is unmodified, no haxies or anything like that, and he doesn't really use anything other than Safari. There are no special peripherals hooked up to the system, just the Apple monitor (CRT studio display), Apple keyboard, Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer, and Maxtor firewire hard drive.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

    slooksterPSV

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    Check his energy settings. I'm going to see if it's special towards each user, cause it may be. I'll post back if it's different for each user.

    EDIT: It's not different, it's the same for each user. But depending on how long he's letting it sit for, and where he isn't using the full potential of the computer (as it sounds like you are) he could just be experiencing a too long of a wait for it to sleep. If anything, delete his account (move all of his stuff to a folder if he needs any of it) and create him a new account.
     
  3. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

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    It's simple. Your computer is narcaleptic. A few Rock Stars should do the trick.
     
  4. mduser63 thread starter macrumors 68040

    mduser63

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    Ha! My brother already calls it "The Narcoleptic Mac." To SlooksterPSV, it's not an energy saver problem, as the system is set to never go to sleep, and anyway, it always goes to sleep within a couple minutes of him waking it and logging in. The computer is not sitting awake for long periods of time when this happens.
     
  5. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

    slooksterPSV

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    Ok then, either delete the entire user, or delete everything in his preferences folder, see if that does something. - then create another user of course.
     

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