Annoyance with MacBook - leaving lid open for shutdown....

Sean Dempsey

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Okay, when I shutdown my macbook, if I close the lid (screen) before it has completley shutdown, it goes into standby mode. then, the next time I open the lid to use it, the compute finishes shutting down, and then I have to start it like normal.

Is there anyone who knows what I am talking about? So as it is, if I want to shutdown my macbook, I have to sit and wait for it to completley shut down, THEN close the lid.

what is up with this?
 

gr8tfly

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I haven't noticed, as far as I can remember, as I wait for it to complete shutting down. It's worked this way since (AFAIK) Powerbook 100 and OS 7 days.

It's not really necessary to shutdown, unless it's on battery, and you aren't going to be using it for several days. Many times I only restart when there's an update or install requiring it. Could be weeks or months between restarts.
 

bartelby

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or do what most people do and just sleep the laptop. The only time my PowerBook is shutdown is for passing through x-ray machines.
 

kolax

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Shutting down your MB isn't really necessary. You'll find most people just put their computer to sleep instead of shutting down.

I restart my MBP every 4 days but it always goes to sleep, I rarely shut it down.
 

Sean Dempsey

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Flamebait, nothing more :)

What do you expect? And why are you shutting down a MacBook anyway?
I am shutting it down because I want it off, not in standby.

And, I was just see if there was a setting somewhere to prevent it. What I "expected" would happen is: if the shutdown process has been initiated, don't go to sleep when the screen is closed.

Not being a mac expert, I have spent the last year or so shutting it down, closing the screen, and setting it on the table. Then the next day when I open the screen and press the power button, I wonder why it sits at a blue screen and then turns off. OR, sits at a black screen and the only way to get it to start up is to hold the power button down for 5 seconds, and then push the power button again. Eventually, I realized it was going to sleep during the shutdown process.

Obviously, that's not how it works. Thread over!
 

Sean Dempsey

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Took you a year to realize?

Blimey.
Well, I've had 3 dell laptops in the past, and I had all of them set to do nothing when the screen was closed other than shut off the display.

Anyways, the thread is over, you've had it explained to me, unless anyone has any more "ha ha PC uzers are stoopid" posts.
 
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Lau

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or do what most people do and just sleep the laptop. The only time my PowerBook is shutdown is for passing through x-ray machines.
Do you have to shut it down through x-rays? :eek: I've just slept mine, oops! :eek:
 

iW00t

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Not going into sleep when the system is shutting down opens up another can of worms.

What if the user flicks the lid shut and immediately shoves the Macbook into his bag and proceeds to race out of the house to catch a bus?

The running will kill the shutdown process since the hard drive constantly has to freeze to wait for the motion sensors to stablize, and not forgetting the computer is still on while in a bag it overheats and freezes.

Oh, and it froze while in the process of updating critical portions of your file system. Hmm!

All because one guy is wondering why his computer shut down when he slept it in the middle of a shut down process. I guess the OP of the thread is a better engineer than the hundreds of thousands of America's brightest that Apple has in their employ.

He is so talented that he can only afford a Macbook... I see..

Nevermind the fact that sleep works so well on OSX that there is no reason to shut down at all. If the whole thread is not flamebait I do not know what it is.
 

furyoo

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Jun 9, 2007
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No offence, but unless you're in a terrible rush for time, does it really hurt to wait for the notebook to shut down completely before packing up?

On my previous Fujitsu laptop, when in a hurry, I've had the misfortune of initiating the shut down sequence and closing the lid, only to find out an hour or so later that the machine failed to shut down properly and was actually switched on the whole time.

It's a good idea be it on a Mac or otherwise to make sure the shut down sequence is complete. Same goes for sleeping, I always wait till the led starts pulsing.