MacBook recognises my presence?

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  1. umiwangu macrumors 6502

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    I know this is going to sound like a crazy question, but I think my MacBook senses when I walk in the room.

    This is a first gen Intel MacBook, 95% of the time running Windows 7 (yes, this obviously has a bearing on what's happening, so feel free to move this to the Windows on Mac forum).

    I installed 7 about two months ago. 2 or 3 times I noticed that when the screen was off, and I walked towards the laptop, the screen would turn back on. At first I thought it was the bluetooth on the phone in my pocket, telling the MacBook it was back in range. But 15 minutes ago, the laptop screen came back on, and Bluetooth was off.

    How the hell does it know I'm close by?

    Is it possible that the infrared port is being used? The iSight camera is always off. Or the microphone?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Are there any external input devices attached?
     
  3. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No, none. The only thing is a 10/100 cable for my internet.

    Maybe I should check the logs, see if it says anything.
     
  4. looman9635 macrumors member

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    i wouldn't complain myself as this sounds handy
     
  5. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No kidding. Maybe I've discovered a new feature of Win 7. I'll have to set the screen to go off in 1 minute, leave the room, and see if it comes back on when I walk in. :)
     
  6. looman9635 macrumors member

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    it dont work on vista with a hp laptop ... another reason to switch to mac :p
     
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  8. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, turning the screen off and walking back into the room didn't work. I also made a noise to the computer, to see if it was using the microphone.

    I guess I'll just have to enjoy the nice feature.
     
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  10. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've only noticed it 4 times or so over the past two months, and since I use 7 95% of the time (or even more), never really tried on Mac OS X.
     
  11. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    It loves you so when you get close, it gets so excited it wakes up.
     
  12. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    External mouse attached+heavy walker?

    I've woken a computer from sleep by jumping too close in the past, lol...and no, I'm not fat :p
     
  13. bc008 macrumors 68000

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    haha my iMac(s) did that.. I think because my room is upstairs and it kind of vibrates when you do anything faster than walk. My brother was really freaked out! haha
     
  14. HLdan macrumors 603

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    It's your Mac telling you that it wants you to start using OS X since that's what it was made to run and get that crap Windows off of it. ;)
     
  15. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    My thoughts exactly.
     
  16. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I wish... :)

    You normally jump around in your house? I've got cement floors, and no external devices, except for the LAN cable.

    I also wish, although I've been enjoying Windows 7. It makes life a bit more bearable. Thanks to particular client who wants to stay with ASP, I still use IIS (with WAMP for my PHP projects) on Windows.
     
  17. isaaclimdc macrumors 6502

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    Yes, our macs have personalities. They are almost like our living friends. So don't install Windows on it. It's like leaving your dog in a car without ventilation!
     
  18. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow. Never quite thought of it that way....
     
  19. bc008 macrumors 68000

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    LOL! thats a pretty graphic comparison haha.

    I would just live with it. Maybe check to see if you have timed wake ups or something
     
  20. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I'll just enjoy it as a feature, although it doesn't happen all the time. And no, I don't have timed wake ups (this is Windows...).
     
  21. bc008 macrumors 68000

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    oh yea sorry it was late when I read that last night haha. (whoa.. I should have went to bed last night.. I didnt realize I made that post like 3 seconds before this LOL)
     
  22. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Haha the things that happen with a lack of energy...
     
  23. isaaclimdc macrumors 6502

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    Lol okay I guess that was a little exaggerated. But well...
     
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