Keep MBA awake when plugged in

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  1. NP Hard macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I have a 2013 13" MBA that I'd like to keep awake when plugged in and open. At the moment it goes to sleep after a period of inactivity and there seems to be no way to stop this.

    Obviously this is fine when on battery, but when I have my laptop connected to power and an external screen, I'd it to remain awake even after the display turns off so I can remain connected to Skype and IRC. If I want it to sleep, I'll put it to sleep myself. At the moment I use Caffeine to keep it awake, but I'd still like the screen to go to sleep.

    My MacBook Pro running 10.8 has a slider for this but my MBA running 10.9 does not.

    Anyway to get this working?
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Go to :apple: --> System Preferences --> Energy Saver --> Power Adapter Tab and adjust the slider for Computer Sleep to "Never" and the Display Sleep slider to your desired timeframe.
     
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  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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  5. arefbe macrumors regular

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    Exactly!
     
  6. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

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    Keep MBA awake when plugged in

    Because it's easier! No digging into system preferences and then messing with sliders. Surely just adding a hot-key to switch on the screensaver and set it as blank would work with caffeine?
     
  7. NP Hard thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The point is that I don't have that slider.

    However, I did just realise there's a checkbox which says "Prevent computer from sleeping when screen is off". How silly of me. :rolleyes: I guess that solves my problem!
     

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  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    That is different on Power Nap compatible Macs in my experience. Glad the System Preference worked for you.
     
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