Logitech Performance MX cannot wake computer from sleep

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Vice92, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Vice92 macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2009

    I recently purchased a Logitech Performance MX mouse and am loving it. However, it cannot wake my MBP from sleep when connected to an external monitor.

    I would like to keep my MBP closed all the time, just hook in the monitor cable, and have my mouse wake my computer. But I'm forced to first open my MBP and wake my computer with my mouse, plug in my external monitor and wait until its recognized as a second screen, close my MBP, then play around with my mouse until my external monitor becomes the main screen (which only works sometimes).

    Is there some setting I'm missing?

  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
  3. Vice92 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2009
    I don't currently use an external keyboard. I set up the external monitor as my main screen, and then I am able to reopen my MBP and use its keyboard.

    That's a non-issue though and shouldn't effect why my mouse cannot wake my computer.
  4. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Because the computer is sleeping and won't recognize USB devices?

    it's like wondering why you can't roll the windows down on your car without the key in.

    Can you wake it up with the external keyboard?

    But I mean, all you have to do is open, wake it, then close it, it isn't like you have to open terminal and enter commands or something; it's only 20 seconds out of your time. (Just saying if can't get it working)
  5. Vice92 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2009
    Interesting analogy.

    That makes sense then.

    My next question would be is there a way to prevent USB devices from sleeping while the computer sleeps? Or a way to avoid putting the computer to sleep when I close the lid?

    I have not tried with an external keyboard, but the keyboards I have been looking at are all wireless, so I'm assuming the problem would still persist.

    Would a bluetooth device (such as a bluetooth keyboard) fix this? I was trying to avoid this route however because the bluetooth keyboard I was looking at, the Apple one, does not have a number pad, something I really need.

    And while it might seem like such a simple task as opening my computer, waking it, then shutting it, as you so abruptly put it, this rarely ever works. I generally cannot wake my computer this way either. It often takes a good 3-4 tries before it works, or before I just unplug the external monitor and repeat the entire process. Its quite frustrating.
  6. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    1) Not that I know of; you can get an application that prevented the computer from sleeping, but I don't think you wan to do that.

    Providing a constant voltage to the devices would drain the battery (if it isn't plugged in), but that feature is available on some laptops.

    And as for bluetooth, no, that gets cut off along with wifi when the computer is sleeping as well.

    Ask around and see if the actual Apple remote works when the computer is sleeping? That's an IR blaster so it might be able to function while the computer is sleeping; I don't know though.
  7. zflauaus macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2004
    An Apple Wireless Keyboard will wake your laptop up (as long as you have it on before you put it to sleep). It's how I wake my MBP and Mac Mini up all the time.
  8. Vice92 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2009
    Hmmm... so bluetooth is the only way to go regarding waking up the MBP?

    Also, what do you mean having it on before you put it to sleep?

    Say I used my computer in the morning with the BT keyboard, closed it, went to work, used it again w/o BT keyboard, closed it, came home, hooked it up to my external monitor and tried to wake it with the BT keyboard. Would that work?

    Like I said earlier, I'm trying to avoid the Apple BT Keyboard because it does not have a number pad?

    There must be some way to enable a USB device to wake a mac :(
  9. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    The wireless keyboard cuts itself off after a minute or so of inactivity to save power.

    But if you look at this topic as a whole, it's pretty... well I don't know the right word, but this is a lot of fuss about not being able to cut something on wireless isn't it?

    Not slighting or anything, but it's amazing how we can worry and have problems with the simplest and most expensive luxuries like it's the end of the world.
  10. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    No, a wired keyboard will do that just as well. I have my MBP hooked up to an external screen, lid is closed, using bluetooth magic mouse and a wired Apple keyboard.

    I can either click the mouse to wake the computer or tap the keyboard. Either works just as well without fiddling with the monitor cable, cracking the laptop open or anything like that. :) The external screen will come back on, and I can continue using my programs uninterrupted. Works just fine. :)

    Besides, a wired keyboard doesn't need batteries that have to be maintained, and I get one additional USB port also (eats one port off of the MBP; 2 more on the keyboard.)
  11. Vice92 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2009
    A wired keyboard will work as well?

    Ok - that could be manageable.

    I'm having a hard time finding keyboards I like. However, that's probably because of my specific needs (or more likely, wants). Backlit, mac keys, number pad.

    Thanks for clearing up the issue though!
  12. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    A wired keyboard works just as well indeed. :)

    The Apple keyboard isn't backlit unfortunately, and I know of no third-party backlit keyboard that has Mac keytops. There are a slew of lit PC keyboards, but most of them are gaming-centric for use in dank, dark cave-like environs like LAN parties and the like... :D

    If you can live without backlighting I would recommend the standard Apple keyboard, it's very comfortable to type on. My biggest quibble with it is I have a tendency to hit the Eject key instead of backspace sometimes, causing any movie disc I've got on pause to pop out of the drive unexpectedly... (Chewing through nuBSG right now for the first time.)

    Other than that it feels really nice, doesn't make too much noise, and is also nice to look at. Reports say it's glued shut though which is evil, so any liquid spill on it and it's a trip to the Apple store to pay for a new one. Apple's terrible with gluing their products together instead of using proper screws.

    So that's the good and the bad. Up to you to decide now. :)

    Good luck!
  13. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    I don't have my MBP wired up to an external monitor, but my Performance MX wakes my laptop. Try updating your Logitech Control Center software.

    Maybe try setting up one of the keys to specifically wake the system?

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