When I first got the machine, it could fall asleep instantly. Recently, I found that even I choose "sleep" and the LCD is automatically turned off (with the light next to the cd slot blinking), the hard drive and the fan are still running. It takes awhile for them to shut down completely. Before I carry the laptop around, I have to put my ear next to the keyboard to confirm that the machine is really asleep. Is there any other good way of telling whether the mbp is asleep or not? I am under the impression that the more the open applications (especially with vmware fusion launched), the longer it takes the machine to really fall alseep.