CTRL + SHIFT + EJECT doesn't turn off iMac screen

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macwhor, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. macwhor macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2011
    Hello all,

    I have a 27" iMac and I've been making extensive use of the CTRL + SHIFT + EJECT shortcut to turn off the screen. Today, that shortcut stopped working. When I press those keys, the screen goes black, but after a few seconds, it's turned back on.

    Does anyone know where this problem comes from? I tried cutting off airport, mouse and keyboard, I tried restarting, but none solved the problem.

  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Usually that's a symptom of some background application waking the computer up; I've had it happen myself, occasionally. If a restart didn't resolve it, can you think of any utilities or system tweaks you installed recently?

    The other possibility is hardware--either a twitchy mouse or faulty USB device--but it sounds like you already tried disconnecting your mouse and keyboard (except... how did you try hitting that key combination without the keyboard attached? Unplugging any USB device will prod the computer fully awake).
  3. macwhor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2011
    I tested the keyboard by disconnecting my wireless keyboard and connecting a USB keyboard, thinking it might haves something to do with this particular keyboard. But I'm pretty sure it's something else. When I hit the shortcut, the screen immediately goes black but I can hear a distinct whirring sound from the hard disk till the screen lights back up. Grr... Very annoying.

    Below is my activity monitor screenshot. (I blacked out the user column.)

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  4. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Do you have an external HDD for Time Machine? I occasionally have the same problem the HDD does't spin down.
  5. macwhor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2011
    Nope, I completely turned off Time Machine long before I started having this trouble. I have external hard drives but they're disconnected when I'm not using them.

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