Mac Pro Won't Wake

strieck

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Aug 24, 2006
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My Mac Pro arrived today, and I've been playing around with it this evening. I was away from it for awhile, so I put it to sleep. When I returned, I clicked the mouse to wake it up. My desktop appeared for a second and then the screen (brand new 23" ACD) went black again. It then started flashing a solid blue screen every few seconds. The sleep light on the Mac Pro was solid (indicating not sleeping), but the display sleep light was pulsating. I had to do a hard shut down to get it back. When I had restarted, I tried sleeping the display by itself, and it woke up with no problems.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Any suggestions?
 

Chaszmyr

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I have had that (or something similar) happen with my PowerMac once or twice, so if I were you, I wouldn't worry about it unless it happens again.
 

swingline

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ive had similar problems with my powerbook g4. havent had that with the mac pro yet, thankfully.
btw, excuse my ignorance but how do you do a hard shut down?
 

MIDI_EVIL

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swingline said:
ive had similar problems with my powerbook g4. havent had that with the mac pro yet, thankfully.
btw, excuse my ignorance but how do you do a hard shut down?
Holding down the power button until the computer shuts itself off.

Rich.
 

Cuckoo

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don't worry about it... it sometimes happens... very occasional

it is my experience, that the OS X installed from the factory isn't as stable as OS X can be.

I usually do a clean install with the DVD before i use it... it makes in my opinion the os more stable AND saves 20 gig of space...
 

Videographer

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Sleepiness

By the way, I've heard it's better for your computer if you never let it go to sleep. - Leave it on every night unless you'll be a way a day or more. Is this true? I usually keep the hard drives spinning, just not sure on sleepiness.
 

strieck

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Cuckoo said:
don't worry about it... it sometimes happens... very occasional

it is my experience, that the OS X installed from the factory isn't as stable as OS X can be.

I usually do a clean install with the DVD before i use it... it makes in my opinion the os more stable AND saves 20 gig of space...
Well...maybe not so occasional. Last night I put the machine to sleep manually for the second time. Again, it did not wake up properly. I restarted and set the sleep timer to 10 minutes. I went to bed and let the machine sleep automatically. This morning I tried to wake it up by hitting the space bar. The desktop appeared briefly, maybe a little longer than before, and then the display went blank again. So that's three times sleeping, three times not waking up.

Other than this my Mac Pro is running fine. I haven't really pushed it yet because I haven't received my FCS crossgrade, but I haven't noticed any other problems.

Do you guys think I should call Apple, or should I attempt a reinstall first?

Videographer said:
By the way, I've heard it's better for your computer if you never let it go to sleep. - Leave it on every night unless you'll be a way a day or more. Is this true? I usually keep the hard drives spinning, just not sure on sleepiness.
I like to put my computers to sleep when I'm not using them to conserve energy. I don't know exactly how much it saves, but I feel better about it. I think most people who leave their computers on over night do so to let the 3:00am cron jobs run, but I just run them manually in the terminal.
 

AdeFowler

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Videographer said:
By the way, I've heard it's better for your computer if you never let it go to sleep. - Leave it on every night unless you'll be a way a day or more. Is this true? I usually keep the hard drives spinning, just not sure on sleepiness.
I used to leave my 2.5 dual running 24/7 until I read in MacUser that it was the equivalent of leaving a toaster on! She now just sleeps like a baby :eek: