Mountain Lion Password Enter Lag

Sid-R

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Since I updated to ML.. whenever I open the lid to wake my MBA from sleep.. The screen comes up pretty quick but when I type nothing registers for quite a few seconds and then after a lag period of a few seconds I am able to type my password... This was never the case before.
Anyone else experiencing this?
 

eric/

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Since I updated to ML.. whenever I open the lid to wake my MBA from sleep.. The screen comes up pretty quick but when I type nothing registers for quite a few seconds and then after a lag period of a few seconds I am able to type my password... This was never the case before.
Anyone else experiencing this?
Yes. I think it's due to the amount of time that the MBA has been inactive. I think it takes a second to restore complete functionality from sleep. So far for me, if I close the lid and then open it within a few minutes I don't experience the lag.
 

b-rad g

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Jun 29, 2010
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Yes definitely experiencing this! Thought ML was going to make my Air more "Instant On" like it was in Snow Leopard and the screen does come up fast, but the lag to put in password just ruins it.
 

MTC2HHK

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Dec 6, 2011
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Disk Utility Repair fixed my lag

Installed ML on MBP, experienced significant lag as discussed... ran the repair feature in disk utility and everything is zippy again.
 

sanityinc

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Jun 23, 2012
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After 4200 seconds (1 hour and 10 minutes) of sleeping, the MBA silently hibernates itself to conserve battery power. Waking up from hibernation takes a few seconds, whereas waking from sleep is almost instantaneous.

You can change that period with a little techie know-how, but I wouldn't suggest doing so, because it's a reasonable default.

Perhaps knowing the reason for the delay will help give you the patience to wait those few seconds. :)
 

b-rad g

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Installed ML on MBP, experienced significant lag as discussed... ran the repair feature in disk utility and everything is zippy again.
After you did this, how many seconds from the time your screen turns on and the time you can actually enter your password? Can you enter your password immediately?
 

MTC2HHK

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Dec 6, 2011
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After you did this, how many seconds from the time your screen turns on and the time you can actually enter your password? Can you enter your password immediately?
Instantly... I cannot see any lag or delay from the time I open the screen and typing has zero delay, zero delay after password is entered... after I ran the repair tool in disk utility. Try to run verify disk and then repair if needed... worked for me.

Something in the ML installation caused problems with the disk and slowed things way down... after running repair it was much faster.
 

asting

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Jun 10, 2012
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I noticed this too, and just disabled Power Nap. It seems to have disappeared, but I only have one instance of starting it up to use as my benchmark (meaning I only let it sleep a few hours one time so far).
 

buddybd

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I have the same problem but there's no lag if the MBA is connected to the power socket. Power Nap enabled but not on battery (if that makes a difference).

Repairing disk permissions, hopefully that'll work. Thanks none the less :)
 

b-rad g

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Instantly... I cannot see any lag or delay from the time I open the screen and typing has zero delay, zero delay after password is entered... after I ran the repair tool in disk utility. Try to run verify disk and then repair if needed... worked for me.

Something in the ML installation caused problems with the disk and slowed things way down... after running repair it was much faster.
I have repaired and still have the lag.
 

b-rad g

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Did you repair disk permissions in addition to the standard "Repair Disk"?
Couldn't repair disk cause after it verified "Repair Disk" was greyed out. Do I need to repair it from the recovery partition disk utility?
 

spawnfreak

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Computer -> Macintosh HD -> Library -> Cache {delete all files inside cache folder}

Then right click on trash bin and press Command, click SECURE EMPTY TRASH

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Report back if you see some improvement
 

sanityinc

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Jun 23, 2012
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There's no connection with PowerNap. Even with it disabled, the default behavior is as I described above.
 

sanityinc

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Jun 23, 2012
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There's a lot of voodoo being invoked here. Before those affected go clearing their caches and repairing permissions - only to find that the delay persists when their computers sleep for longer periods - please take a moment to read the information I posted above.
 
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b-rad g

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There's a lot of voodoo being invoked here. Before those affected go clearing their caches and repairing permissions - only to find that the delay persists when their computers sleep for longer periods - please take a moment to read the information I posted above.
Yes after I cleaned the cache and repaired the disk from disk utility I still get the lag when it has been asleep for more than an hour. I know it's the hibernate mode that is causing this, but it didn't happen under Snow Leopard so why must it happen now and under Lion?
 

sanityinc

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Jun 23, 2012
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Yes after I cleaned the cache and repaired the disk from disk utility I still get the lag when it has been asleep for more than an hour. I know it's the hibernate mode that is causing this, but it didn't happen under Snow Leopard so why must it happen now and under Lion?
Lion added the "Standby" feature, whereby the computer switches from sleep to hibernation after a predefined period. (I believe the feature is not supported on all hardware -- it certainly wasn't on my early unibody MBP. That machine had a user-replaceable battery, so removing the battery during standby sleep would leave the computer no chance to create a hibernation file.)

The default behavior in Snow Leopard - or when the hardware does not support Standby - is to create the hibernation file at sleep time and then keep sleeping until the battery gets critically low.
 

Acorn

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ive noticed this as well. i open the lid then type my password and it fails because half the password wasnt typed because of the delay. its not that big a deal but annoying none the less.
 

madsci954

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Opposite issue here

I was seeing this same issue on my 2011 MBA when it was running Lion. It would sometimes take a second or 2 to wake then another second or 2 before I can type.

But since updating to ML, the problem is gone. Whether is was sleeping for 5 minutes or overnight, it boots up instantly and there is no type lag.
 

Wowzera

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I was seeing this same issue on my 2011 MBA when it was running Lion. It would sometimes take a second or 2 to wake then another second or 2 before I can type.

But since updating to ML, the problem is gone. Whether is was sleeping for 5 minutes or overnight, it boots up instantly and there is no type lag.
Mine was like this in Lion. Since upgrading to ML I'm with that issue. I don't remember if it started to happen after installing the powernap firmware upgrade.
 

madsci954

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I don't remember if it started to happen after installing the powernap firmware upgrade.
I have the Powernap update installed, but I'm not sure if this affected performance or not, as I installed it as soon as ML finished installing.