Narcoleptic Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by labkeydave, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. labkeydave macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    Hi All, I am trying to setup a Mac Mini (intel) to be a sort of low-use server. I wiped the drive clean, installed 10.5.8, and set the Energy Saver options to never sleep. Despite this, it would fall asleep after a while, even in the middle of a task running in the terminal.

    I tried resetting the PRAM, resetting the SMC, using pmset -g to verify the settings, and even tried running "pmset noidle" in a terminal.

    Despite all this, it still falls asleep after a while. I does it both when it's idle and when it's running things. I don't think it's overheating, but I'm not sure how to tell after it's re-awoken from sleep (it's in another room so I'm not watching the monitor when it goes to sleep).

    A cursory examination of the system logs shows nothing strange or suspicious. There is no panic.log.

    Any ideas? I have read about others having this same problem, but a solution is never listed.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
  2. rkdiddy macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2008
    OC Baby!
    Lovin your subject line - it made me laugh.

    Ok this might be a silly question, but have you confirmed it is not just the monitor going to sleep? I know with mine, I thought it was sleeping, but come to find out it had just ran a TM back-up.

    I've also noticed that my Mini is still viewable in the finder of my other Macs when it is sleeping and I can ping it to wake it up. If this works in your solution - sleeping or not is a moot point.
  3. labkeydave thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    The whole machine is going to sleep. It's disconnecting from the network and powering down into some kind of sleep mode. If I hit a key on the keyboard, it will restart with the system "bong" sound, so I don't need to actually press the power button on the back. However, whatever session I had running before seems to have also logged out--when I log in, it's a fresh session and any windows that were open before are not there anymore.
  4. yoppie macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2007
    LOL @ the title. You might have to call Apple and have it looked at.
  5. labkeydave thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    Thanks everyone. The machine is about 4 years old, so I don't think it's under warranty anymore. We'll probably just buy a new one since they are relatively cheap.

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