My iMac is having nightmares...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Zwhaler, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Recently, my 2.33 C2D iMac 20" has been waking up randomly at night from sleep mode. It's done this 3 times now... once during the weekend (I dont remember what time), once last night at 10:30, and once the night before at 12:15am. What might be causing this? I'm pretty sure my iPods were plugged in one time when this happened, but perhaps that is not the problem. Let me know if you guys have a solution or a hint or something. I'll also report back if it happens again tonight.
  2. Hibbsy macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Isn't there an option about wake from sleep for Ethenet access ; could this be involved?

    In preferences "energy saver" options.

    just a thought
  3. Antares macrumors 68000


    A computer's dreams are not always of electric sheep, you know. As you mentioned, they have nightmares too! My iMac once told me that he was dreaming about being at a presentation. At some point, he suddenly realized that he didn't have his case on...His components were all exposed for everyone to see. Another time, my iMac mentioned that, in a dream, he was being stalked by Billy Gates....Who first tried to install Windows on him but when he refused, Billy then tried to rip out his motherboard. My poor iMac was freaked out.

    But, yeah, I had similar problems to you about my iMac waking up. What I discovered is this: If a device or anything else communicating with my computer gets interrupted or has a change in status, the iMac will wake up in response. This could be if a printer turns off, there's a reconnection of a down network, a powered peripheral (like an iPod) turns itself off or is attached. You may have some settings stating to wake up the computer on network activity or device communication. It could be this or a number of other things.
  4. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    LOL, the iMac wakes from sleep in the middle of the night. It's having nightmares. LMAO. :D
    Like the other poster mentioned check energy savings, options, and uncheck the option to wake up for ethernet. If you are on wireless then check any other peripherals connected that may be waking up the computer in the middle of some gory dream.:D
  5. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    i know plugging in an ipod to a sleeping mac will wake it up

    :rofl: at the nightmares
  6. Zwhaler thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Ok, I unchecked wake for ethernet access. I am using wireless internet, but the only thing connected is a printer (in the same room) and it is off. I will let you know if this continues...
  7. rainydays macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2006
    I recall that someone had a similar issue where the iPod would disconnect/connect all the time. It was "solved" by moving it to another usb port I think.

    Perhaps that's what is happening to you? If your iPod reconnects then the computer would most likely wake up. So try putting it in another usb port. Or even better a powered hub if you have one.
  8. Grasbak macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2006
    what else plugged in?

    you say you only have a printer plugged in. Do you have anything else at all? a hub? eyeTV?
  9. Zwhaler thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    I was hoping this would go away... but it just did it twice in 6 minutes (at 12:02 and 12:08) and its starting to bug me. I have speakers connected, an iPod dock (ipod not connected) and a logitech BT mouse. Should I give Apple a call?
  10. johny5 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2007
    I would start by removing all peripherals and then putting it to sleep.
    Then look at system settings
  11. Kaspers macrumors regular


    Oct 7, 2007
    the Netherlands
    There's a big change your Logitech BT mouse will wake it up.
    Try to disable him, and check again.
  12. macabouttobe macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2007
    How old is your iMac? My two boys wouldn't sleep through the night for about 10 months. :p
  13. threedaysatsea macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2007
  14. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    My BT MM will wake up my MB when it gets bumped or the batteries get low. I have a cat.
  15. Sinsinnati macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2006
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    My iMac used to power itself on and it used to annoy the hell out of me. I found out it was my Elgato EyeTV that was doing this. It was apparently turning on to check the TV schedule. Once I found that out, I turned that bad boy off.

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