Anyone know how to turn it off?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by DVDSP, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. DVDSP macrumors regular

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    And I mean off, not sleep. I know I can hold the play/pause button and put it to sleep but I want it off. Even when it's asleep it still gets fairly hot. I don't want it running up my electric bill when it's not in use, know what I mean.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, do you mean an iPod?
     
  3. psychofreak Retired

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    This is in the appleTV forum :)
     
  4. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Just noticed it was in the Apple TV section.

    So not an iPod.

    As for turning off the AppleTV. I don't know. Is there a power button on the back?
     
  5. DVDSP thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ha! I knew as soon as I clicked the submit button that I should have clarified that point. :)

    Excluding unplugging it.

    Well, at least it's out of the way now.

    No, I mean an Apple TV. I figured that was self-explanatory in the Apple TV forum. Guess I shouldn't assume...
     
  6. DVDSP thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope. I can't find anything in the instructions either, although it does sometimes reference the unit as being "Off or in standby".
     
  7. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Yea my bad, didn't notice. On forum Spy mode. I need to sloooow down a little.
     
  8. zim macrumors 65816

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    Even if there was an off button leaving it plugged in could still cause it to pull an electrical current. If you want to save on your electrical bill then you should just unplug it. Lots of electrical devices continue to use power even when "off." Sleep mode would most likely use the same amount of power if there was an off mode.
     
  9. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    Unplug it, it dosent turn off. it gose into standby i think.:) :) :) :)
     
  10. DVDSP thread starter macrumors regular

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    Mostly I just don't want it generating so much heat when it isn't being used. My wife's iBook doesn't get this hot while it's in use, compared to the Apple TV in "standby".

    I know, but the only one that gets hot when "off" is the Apple TV. My cable box and receiver don't stay hot when "off". When asleep, the iBook cools down and seems off except for that nice little glowing light giving the status away.

    The Apple TV only has one light, it's lit while in use and then completely off when in standby. I find that a little odd.

    I'm not trying to be argumentative here, btw, just trying to add a little more information.
     
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    I know. I don't own one (yet) so I can't really give you any advice. But I do know that like with my external drives, even when "off" their power bricks are still drawing power... not a lot but they are still technically "on."
     
  13. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd just set up a power strip with the TV, DVD player, etc. It's easier to flick that off with your foot as you walk buy instead of physically removing the plug from the socket every time.

    Conversely it's not that hard to install a switch to turn a plug on or off. I have three laptops running off an electric circuit that has a light switch.

    Or there is the clapper. Don't see why that wouldn't work.
     
  14. DVDSP thread starter macrumors regular

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    How dare you even make a suggestion like that! If I stop playing porn on it my wife will get pissed, so no can do.

    That was my thought, too, in the event that it isn't ever really off. The two things stopping me now (and only by a small margin) are 1) it takes a little while for the cable box to work itself out after killing power to it and it is on the same strip as the Apple TV, HT and HDTV and 2) the power strip is mounted behind my giant, oak entertainment center which I have to move away from the wall in order to move the strip to a spot that is reachable.

    However, if it comes to that (and it looks like it is going to) I won't hesitate to do it. Seems like I may be breaking out the tools this weekend...
     
  15. smokva macrumors newbie

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    Or you can unplug it from the Apple TV end ...
     
  16. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Having to unplug the Apple TV is annoying, so I leave mine on all the time.

    I have the screensaver set to show random photos, which must mean that it has to fetch them from the hard disk periodically. Since the Apple TV doesn't know whether or not the TV set is on, it must do this image fetching now and then, so the disk can't be asleep all of the time. Perhaps if I switched the screensaver to use the Apple logo, it would let the disk spin down for all the time I'm not using the Apple TV.

    Edit: Reading the manual sometimes helps! If you hold play/pause down for 5 to 10 seconds, the Apple TV goes to sleep.
     
  17. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Is there a difference between the screen saver and standby/sleep on the Apple TV?
     
  18. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    I used to have this thing I used with the fan in my room. It was a box that you could plug anything into (it just plugged into the wall and provided another outlet) that had a wireless remote to click it on or off. The fan was always on, but this plug dealie could cut the power to the fan via the wireless remote. If/when I get the Apple TV, this type of set-up seems ideal.
     
  19. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Yes. With the screensaver you get a display on the TV (you have a choice about what is displayed). With sleep mode you get no display.

    The Apple TV is supposedly still able to sync with the Mac in either mode.
     
  20. ogee macrumors 6502

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    When you put it to Standby it will sync. Maybe thats why its hot?
     
  21. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    I think it's hot because to make it a virtually silent device, it doesn't have a fan blowing air out of the case.

    I don't know if you can necessarily equate the fact that it's hot to it using a lot of electricity.
     
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    The Apple TV may be equivalent to an always-on lightbulb - drawing a small steady amount of power and converting much of it to heat.

    At our house we're gradually replacing lightbulbs with more energy efficient ones, to avoid that waste of energy.
     
  23. diehardmacfan macrumors regular

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    if you go to radio shack they have the remote control things

    one end plugs into an outlet and the other one has an AC jack

    plug ur apple tv into the plug and then when u press the 1 simple button on the remote control it will cut off the power
     
  24. Doctor Q Administrator

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    It always makes me cringe to pull power on a booted operating system with a hard drive. But I suppose the Apple TV is designed to take it.
     

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