iMac Random Wake

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thewalkingkenny, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. thewalkingkenny macrumors newbie

    thewalkingkenny

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    My 2017 iMac randomly wakes up and looks like this. This started happening more with MacOS Mojave. Anyone know what’s up?
     

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  2. wardie macrumors regular

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    Quite cool, looks like a crazy screen saver No idea sorry
     
  3. SecuritySteve macrumors 6502a

    SecuritySteve

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    Looks like a GPU or monitor hardware fault to me, possibly a bad connection. When you try to interact with it, does the screen correct itself or does it retain that off-color image?
     
  4. thewalkingkenny thread starter macrumors newbie

    thewalkingkenny

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    It goes dark then wakes up looking normal.
     
  5. SecuritySteve macrumors 6502a

    SecuritySteve

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    That is pretty bizarre. I would boot in diagnostic mode to see if anything comes up. If nothing comes up, here's a couple possible reasons:

    1) You disabled SIP for some reason to use an application that modifies kernel extensions (drivers) or adds its own. These extensions may be interfering with your system's sleep.
    2) You have an external device connected to your system that is "soft waking" your system, allowing for things like power nap to work. The soft wake is misbehaving as a result.
    3) You have an application that is running in the background that is causing problems during sleep. Older applications with deprecated functions may be at fault.

    If it is none of those three things, and your diagnostic turns up nothing, I would boot in recovery mode and reinstall macOS. If that does not help, time to take it into an Apple store.
     

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