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Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by catzilla, Feb 7, 2015.
Those things are bright on the AlBooks. The Ti is a little dimmer.
None that I know of. Which model Powerbook do you have?
A small piece of gaffer tape works well.
It depends what you want to do with it...
If you want to disable it you can just unplug the light.
While I was replacing the hdd in mine I decided to grabbed some electrical tape and covered the sensors and it seems to do the trick
All the PB G4s.
I ripped the wire out of the connector once trying to get the connector off inside my wife's 12" PowerBook.
That worked for awhile until I replaced the sleep light.
I should have specified software or firmware hack, and I don't think there is one.
It's probably possible but nobody has done anything about it...
Speaking of which... I wonder if there is such a thing for Intel Macs. I would like to disable my Status Indicator Light. Because of the annoying light I always shut down the MBP every night.
Putting it into Safe Sleep mode will stop the light from flashing.
Safe sleep mode? What's that?
It stores the RAM contents on the hard drive and shuts the machine off, meaning the sleep light will also be off. You can enable it with this terminal command:
sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 1
Saves the contents of RAM to the hard drive then powers down. Usually only happens on portable Macs when the battery is depleted. The tell tale for safe sleep is a progress bar when you turn the Mac back on as it reloads the data into main memory.
It's the equivalent of Hibernate on a Windows box, just that Apple got there many years before!
Actually, I'm not totally sure of that.
My C.1995 Compaq Armada(4130T, if anyone is interested) could hibernate.
"Officially" safe sleep only started with the last generation Powerbooks(2005), although I know that it can be retroactively applied to most any computer running 10.4.
Only computers with a Key Largo drive controller can have Safe Sleep enabled. An easy check it to look at the bus speed of the hard drive interface, if its ATA/100, you have the Key Largo controller.
That's a fair point, now you've jogged my memory ... older ThinkPads could as well, which is also Enterprise kit like the Armada. Relied on BIOS and special device drivers/utility software from the manufacturer most likely. I never saw it on consumer level kit when I worked in a computer retailer in the late 90s.
Power management never really got sorted out properly until Window 7 for Enterprise users, usually got left to the hardware manufacturers prior to that.
So all the Albooks are ATA/100. I'll give it a try, Thanks.