Help me figure out keeping computer running with screen sleep

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bds120, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. bds120 macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2013
    Ok, so I used to use Caffeine to keep my old MBP. I will still use it but for work I have to download large files that takes a good amount of time and I am trying to figure out how to keep the Mac away but the screen off for a certain amount of time.

    For instance...3 hours showing on download and I am ready to go to bed, how can I kill the screen but let the download still run instead of burning the screen for no reason.

    I tried InsomniaX and that worked the first time but for some reason I cannot seem to get it to work again. When I come back to computer midway through the set time, it shows like InsomniaX is hung.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. charea macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2015
    why don't you just dim the screen to completely black?
  3. bds120 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2013
    That works but I still would like the computer itself to turn off after a while.

    Guess I would just set the timer in the Energy Saver and dim the screen... a little aggravating but I guess that would work
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Isn't that how most computers are setup? They goto sleep when they're inactive after a while...
  5. kazibole macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2015
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    YOu have a setting built right into the computer for that. I'm not sure what more you'd want?

    Let the screen sleep, but turn off sleep for the computer. Simple as that.

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  7. bds120 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2013
    I do not have that second slide bar. That is what has been throwing me off.
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    What version OS X are you running? I've been on OS X since 10.4 and that slider's always been there as far as I can remember.
  9. bds120 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2013
    Running latest and greatest on brand new 2015 Mid year 15" with AMD.

  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    You have to check the option to prevent sleep. Then, when the display is inactive and plugged in (Ctrl+Shift+Power to deactivate the display), at least it won't go to sleep.

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