MBP keeps logging out when unattended

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  1. Sirolway macrumors 6502

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    Hi all

    My 2009 13" MBP keeps logging out when I've left it unattended.
    It should just be sleeping, but when I come back it's logged me out completely. It's not low on battery or anything & this seems fairly recent behaviour.

    I believe it's resulted in corrupted external drives & all sorts, so I'm not happy about it

    Any way I can figure out what is causing the log out? (and stop it?)

    At this rate I'm going to have to reinstall the OS from scratch - I can't have it doing this

    Hoping somewhere here can help ..
     
  2. 53kyle macrumors 65816

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    When you say "logging out" do you mean having to enter your password or shutting down?
     
  3. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    could what you are describing be a locked screen rather than a log out?
     
  4. Sirolway thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi all - no, it's definitely logging out.

    It *used* to just lock so that when I came back to it, it prompted me for my password & I was back where I left off.

    *Now* if I've left it for a while, it's back to the texture-background screen, showing an image for each user that can be clicked on to get the login prompt. Once I click my username & enter password it starts firing up all my login apps.

    Sometimes when I come back to the Mac, it *is* just locked, but after I enter my password there's a dialogue box on the screen saying something along the lines of "logout was cancelled because applicationxyz failed to quit"

    So it's definitely logging me out

    Question is .... why (or what)?
     
  5. madmacfan macrumors 6502

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    Hi, Have you tried going into the security preferences, and clicking the advanced button the the bottom left of the window? If the option to log out after a certain period of time is ticked, untick it, click ok and then click the padlock to prevent further changes and this should solve your problem.
     
  6. Sirolway thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Bingo - that was it. Excellent; good result & hopefully that's solved now.
    I'd check the Energy Saving Prefs, but not the Security > Advanced Prefs

    Thanks MadMacFan - much appreciated
     
  7. madmacfan macrumors 6502

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    No Problem. You're welcome
     

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