Help me figure out keeping computer running with screen sleep

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  1. bds120 macrumors member

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    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

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

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    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 604

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

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  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    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

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

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    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

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    Running latest and greatest on brand new 2015 Mid year 15" with AMD.

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  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    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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