IBook refuses to go to sleep

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by BaronLaw, Mar 26, 2004.

  1. BaronLaw macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2003
    I own a G4 iBook and have been generally pleased with its performance, but I'm having difficulty getting the laptop to stay asleep.

    When I go to the Apple Menu Bar and select sleep, the screen will go black for a few seconds whereupon the hard drive will emit a whirring sound and the screen lights up once again.

    Any ideas on how to correct this problem ?


  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Have you rebult permissions? You do this with Disk Utility, located in the Utilities folder inside your Applications folder.

    Also look at your Energy Saver control panel.
  3. frenetic macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2004
    Sounds like a power manager issue to me - reset your powermanager (shut down, restart while holding command, option, P, R till you hear the chime, keep the key combination down till you have heard the chime 5 times) and see whether it has solved it.
  4. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    try putting it to sleep from the login window at the bottom left. this may work. more hassle but its faster than rebooting all the time.
  5. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    Try putting it to sleep by closing the lid. If this doesn't work, check your Energy Saver settings - tell us what they are.

    Also (I think this may be the culprit), make sure you don't have anything going on which could appear as action to the iBook (downloading something, screensaver as desktop picture hack, movie playing, etc.)
  6. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

    Savage Henry

    Feb 20, 2004
    in a one horse, two house, three pub town.
  7. BaronLaw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2003
    Thanks for the help.

    Thanks for the advice, it was very helpful.

    It appears that the problem has been dealt with. My iBook is able to sleep soundly now. I'm still a bit puzzled as to what caused this.

    I thought it might have been a DVD I had left inside the drive, and I removed it, but it didn't help matters. I fiddled with the energy saver settings, looked at the utilities and then I performed a software update. After restarting the computer, voila, the iBook sleeps.

    Thanks again.


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