Aluminum MacBook won't go into sleep

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  1. tiny_101 macrumors member

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    I've had my aluminum MacBook for about maybe a month or so now. I've noticed, that no matter how I try, I cannot have it go into sleep mode properly (when I commute/carry it around). Usually when I need to take it to school, I would click "Sleep", the screen would black out, and I put down the monitor. However, when I put it into my backpack - no matter how lightly - it'll start up again! Once, I didn't notice that it started up again, when I brought it out in class, it had dropped from 100% to about 70% as if I'd already been using it.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    hmm...do you have any apps that can possibly wake it up? or maybe a wireless mouse or something? ive never had my macbook wake up on me, i even let it sleep for 15 hours once...and it only dropped ~10 percent, so it never woke up...but i always close all my apps and make sure nothing is running that could possibly do that...
     
  3. tiny_101 thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried shutting down all programs today, then putting it to sleep. Again, it wouldn't sleep properly. Thanks though!
     
  4. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    So this is a problem only when you commute or carry it around? Sitting on a desk, closing the lid should initiate sleep. Does it work properly sitting still?
     
  5. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Even if there are no applications running, it's still possible there are background processes running that prevent it from going to sleep. I can't think of any off hand right now, but did you install any haxxies, Preference Panes, Menu bar items?
     
  6. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    If it sits static and is fine, perhaps it's opening in the bag since it is loose. I've had this happen; the magnetic latch opens while in case and closes fairly quickly, the computer initiates an awake and gets confused and it emerges from bag hot to touch.
     
  7. tiny_101 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not sure if that is what it is, because when I lift up my MacBook in my hands (ever so lightly) it'll wake up again. However, how have you dealt with this problem of the magnetic latch opening?

    Also, I have not installed any preference panes or menu bar items yet, so that wouldn't be it, I don't believe.
     
  8. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    I got a tighter briefcase. Seriously, I went from a MBP to an Air and the Air was flopping around something fierce. After a week of trying to figure it out, I finally saw the light come on when I through my case in a car and noticed that it was open a bit and starting up.
     
  9. tiny_101 thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, I didn't realize the Air had such a flaw! Good thing you figured it out though... it's really mind boggling as to why this sleep function isn't working properly.
     
  10. ThomasJL macrumors 6502a

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    This is a serious flaw. If the hard drive heads are moving around (as opposed to parked) while the machine is slightly bouncing around in your laptop bag/backpack as you walk, it could cause serious damage to the drive. If the platters become scratched, data recovery would be impossible.

    Apple needs to fix this immediately. This is very serious.
     
  11. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    I believe that's what the sudden motion sensor is for.
     
  12. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Could you please clarify. Are you saying that your Al-MB will stay asleep sitting still even for a long time (say overnight), but as soon as it's moved around (with the lid closed), it'll wake up by itself.

    If that is true, especially if you can reproduce this problem, contact Apple right away. It's NOT supposed to be like this at all.

    I take my Al-MB (and previously my MBA, white MB, 12"PB) between home-work everyday single day for the last 3+ years. I have always just left it sleeping and never once have this problem that you described.
     
  13. tiny_101 thread starter macrumors member

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    It is exactly as you have stated: my MacBook will stay asleep as long as it is sitting still, and once it is moved (with the lid closed), it will wake up automatically. I will contact Apple asap though.

    Thanks for all the advice/suggestions! :)
     
  14. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    ^^^ Yepp. That's not right. Just take it in and show them. It's supposed to stay asleep as long as you don't open the display.
     

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