Mac Mini 2018, slow wakeup from sleep?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MrDoh, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. MrDoh, Apr 10, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019

    MrDoh macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2019
    It takes my new Mac Mini about 15 seconds to wake up from sleep. Since I'm used to almost instant wakeup on other OS's, I've been looking into this. What I've tried:
    1. Set hibernatemode to 0 (was 3), supposed to be the default for a desktop. Did not help.
    2. Used safe boot to look at behavior there, no difference.
    3. Reset SMC. No difference.
    After a lot of looking around and not finding anything helpful, decided to turn off sleep by setting "sleep" to 0 using pmset. This speeds up wake up to a large degree, takes about 3 seconds to wake up the monitor, but I want the computer to be able to sleep for energy conservation if nothing else. And it should by all rights, be able to wake up from sleep quickly.

    A little information...this Mac Mini is the i7-based one, with 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD. Along with a 500GB external SSD. OS version is 10.14.4. The monitor is connected via a Thunderbolt to minidisplayport cable. Nothing exotic, pretty much vanilla hardware and software configuration. Got no idea what's taking all the time for wakeup, since the computer is otherwise lightning fast.

    Any suggestions from those that have more experience with the OS? Would really like this to work as it should, but haven't found the right setting(s) yet.

  2. MrDoh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2019
    I'm keeping my eyes open on this one, but it looks like not allowing sleep is the short-term answer for me. That 3 second wakeup is pretty nice after waiting 5 times that long too many times.
  3. Spectrum macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2005
    Never quite sure
    By slow to wake, do you mean after typing in password? Or slow to even bring up the password in order to unlock?
    I find my 2018 is also slower than I would like. But this is after typing password.
  4. MrDoh, Apr 12, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2019

    MrDoh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2019
    I don't require a password to unlock my desktop, so no lock screen *smile*. I mean the computer is asleep and monitor is black, so the time between clicking a mouse button and the monitor lighting up. If I required a password, it would be the time between clicking a mouse button and bringing up the lock screen so I could enter my password.
  5. Fishrrman, Apr 13, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019

    Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    MrDOH wrote:
    "I'm keeping my eyes open on this one, but it looks like not allowing sleep is the short-term answer for me."

    That IS "the answer".
    There's no need to "sleep" a 2018 Mini.
    There's next-to-no difference in energy consumption between a "sleeping Mini" and one that's "awake, at idle". 2-3 watts per hour at most.

    Just set computer sleep to "never" in energy saver,
    and then...
    Set your DISPLAY to sleep after a specified amount of time.

    Personal experience:
    When I walk away from my Mini for more than an hour or so, I usually just reach forward and TURN OFF the display.

    When I come back, I press the power-on button for the display and click the mouse button. The Mini responds almost immediately with a request for my password (I've set mine to require a password if the display has been "asleep" for more than an hour).
  6. MrDoh, Apr 15, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019

    MrDoh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2019
    Thanks for the reply...guess I won't be looking that hard for other answers, then *smile*. Didn't know that these got that quiescent simply not being used. Makes sense, though, computers have been heading that way (less power, faster cpu's and memory, and SSD's instead of rotating disks) for a long time now. My monitor does go to sleep after about 10 minutes, no problem. And I like the quick wakeup without sleep. So things are fine for the time being.

    I did find this, though:

    that indicates that a sleeping mac mini uses about 1 watt, as opposed to an idle one that uses about 10 watts. So there really is a difference. 10 watts still isn't much, though. We have solar panels and are making a lot more electricity than that in an hour *smile*.

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