mac sleep

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by saladiro, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. saladiro macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2007
    New York
    Hi there. I have a few questions about the sleep function.

    1 how is it different from turning off the mac

    2 does it waste batter power?

    3 can I leave it in "sleep" for extended periods of time
  2. GStreakT macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2007
    I'll try my best to answer this.

    1. You don't have to wait for it to reboot when you have to work on something. Instead just moving the mouse around or pushing a few keys will "wake" it up and you can get to work.

    2. I'm assuming sleep is like the Standby mode you find in XP. I know that sleep saves on battery power so it should also save on electricity =P

    3. The longest my MacBook has gone on sleep is for 5 days. I know that if it's inactive for a while (for maybe 10 minutes depending on your preferences) it defaults to darkening the display and then sleeping.
  3. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    If you're unplugged, then yes; maybe 15% per day.

    If you're plugged, no problem. If you're unplugged, you'll slowly drain the battery.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    2. Sleep is MUCH MORE POWER EFFICIENT than Standby mode in windows. Wakes up faster than windows too.

    Put both a fully charged Mac and Wintel laptop to sleep / stand by, The laptop running windows will deplete its battery at a much faster rate than the Mac.

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